Activating Innovative Learners” -That is the project that has been carried out over the past two years by the Erlich-School in Speyer and four primary schools from all around Europe, namely Spain, Wales, Norway and Belgium. The Project should teach the students to use their tablets effectively. The teachers of the participating schools met 6 times inbetween working on independent projects with their students. The last meeting took place in mid June in Wales. Wibke Levens, a teacher from Erlich-School said, that each country could modify the common topics so that they would fit the specific needs of the students. At the start at the project the students made an animated film, the second topic was the founding of a student-run business. ” We took care of our school kiosk” Wibke Levens said. “That was a new experiece, doing this with grade four and grade seven. The pupils learned a lot, things like selling products, money management and adhering to sanitary standards.”
With the third topic ” Web Quest”, the pupils should learn how to access information using the web.They decided to produce a broadcast on the topic ” Healthy Food”. The young pupils also reported on a project they did with the school dog and the older ones about a musical they performed in. The last common topic was the production of a TV show. The Erlich school produced a talk show with the Erasmus team.
It was very interesting for the German teachers to get an overview of the school systems of the paticipating countries. Especially Norway spends a lot of money on their education system. ” There is still a lot left to do in Germany” Ms Levens said.
In Norway the students get aquainted with new media early on. Welsh teachers receive a different training and are somewhat underpaid. All the other countries teach children with disabilities alongside their peers. “A lot has to happen until this system could work here” Ms Levens said. For the moment she is glad that parents in Germany are allowed to choose which school their children will attend.
All participating schools are willing to apply for a new Erasmus plus project. The first meeting will be in autumn.