Schule im Erlich Students interview guests on TV

Newspaper Rheinpfalz, 23.10.2017

Schule im Erlich

Students interview guests on TV

Tuana (12), Elvin (11) und Tyler (11) are a bit excited when they enter the film studio of “Offener Kanal” with their teacher. The seventh-graders from the school “Im Erlich” are supposed to moderate a chat show with foreign guests. This is a highlight of the fourth meeting of the two-year Erasmus project “Activating innovative Learners”, which is about the reasonable use of new media.

Twelve teachers from the other project schools in Wales, Spain, Belgium and Norway visited Speyer in the past week for five days. The Erlich students surprised them with their idea to produce a chat show. Everyone has got a job: teachers are helping to film, record sound, clapper board etc.

During filming Wibke Levens asks Vicky Griffiths on stage and takes over the job of translator because the interviews need to be held in English. It’s the job of Tyler to interview the Welsh teacher. He would like to know how big the school in Wales is, where exactly the school is, how many students they have and how old the students are? The three students are interested to hear the English being spoken which is unfamiliar to them. Tyler is stunned when he hears that the children in Wales  are going to school at the age of three.

Then the film, which two students from Wales have filmed about their school, is played and Mrs. Griffith explains what is happening. Tuana is amazed when she sees the whiteboards in the classrooms. “Why don’t we have that?” she asks. In the end, Tyler asks the teacher Vicky Griffith to say something in their language. Mrs. Griffiths sings a Welsh song and Tyler comments spontaneously,  “Pirate Language”.

In the end, an interesting film is created, which the teachers of the Erlich school still have to cut in the next few days. Then you will be able to find it through the project website: The Erasmus project still has another year to run.

Minutes of Transnational Meeting 4 – Speyer 18th to 22nd October 2017

Participants: Norway (Ann Elin, Brit, Silje), Belgium (Florence, Justine, Marie, Vincent), Wales (Vicky, Adrian), Spain (Barbara, Saray, Alvaro), Germany (Karin, Nicole, Wibke, Angelika, Thomas, David)

Thursday, 19th of October 2017

There are a lot of tasks to be done in this school year. The idea is to discuss all tasks during that meeting, so that every school can decide when they are doing which tasks. It is also necessary that every school adapt the tasks to their school and students needs. But we would like to share and reflect on our teaching: Taking pictures, keep worksheets of students, send worksheets created for teaching and translations to Adrian for website!

Presentation of what every nation has done so far

It’s important to keep everything created for teaching and share it with the project. Important: how to create a business plan and reflect on that. Think about reflection and evaluation throughout the year

  • Belgium: -worked on entrepreneurship, talked about ideas like T-shirts, bird boxes or calendars…
    -for some classes it’s difficult to do the whole entrepreneurship…
    -Everyone needs to adapt it for their own situation.
  • Spain: will start entrepreneurship in November, started to plan it. The idea is to have one lesson weekly.
  • Germany: started with entrepreneurship in two classes (Gr. 7 and 4). Need to make it easier for their students. Collecting ideas, making posters, survey, working on ideas…
  • Norway: -one group: canteen, already existing and running in school -one group: Creating an app for homework in Maths Grade 2 (with help from G6), working with coding, app design. Trying to make a game.
  • Entrepreneurship is not new for Wales, they have started entrepreneurship, created a business plan and are now in process of deciding what the are going to create.
    It’s a competition in Wales for all schools
    Wales is interested in learning how to teach entrepreneurship with younger students. They have a lot of experience in how to teach it in Grade 6 but now they need to do it with younger students as well.


  • It is a very good way for students to explore their interests, but in a guided way. We have decided to link it with literacy and Journalism
  • All webQuests contain six steps: Introduction, Task, Process, Evaluation, Conclusion, Resources
  • Content is own choice, depending on curriculum or Eramus+-project, but students should create a Newspaper.
  • Group work: Every students is also responsible to help their partners..
  • Important is evaluation

Radio Broadcast / Podcast

  • Plan, Produce, Postproduction, Publish
  • Content is free for every school
  • 3-5 min. long
  • Task already on website. Needs to be translated and sent to Adrian.
  • Software: Audacity (free) or App Speaker Studio or any other
  • for younger kids: it seems to be important to link it to a real product the students have created first (e.g. baking a cake, making a book.…) Then it is easier for younger students to talk and record.
  • Be careful with music! Teach students to use legal ways of using music!!! 

Media broadcast  

  • Please translate and send it to Adrian

Language audit 

  • On website at the end of activity resources is a language audit. There you can see which translations needs to be done. Please send translations to Adrian as .doc or .pages for uploading on website.


  • The plan was to create an ibook. Now we see, that we have everything available on website. So there is no need to create one, just a lot of work without any new content. The first 2 chapters are ready, but it look the same like the website. We decided that we don’t need to have an iBook!!!

Next meeting in Spain 

  • Next meeting in Valencia is 31st of January until 4th of February 2018
  • Everyone should try to finish two tasks to present in Valencia.

Translation newspaper article June 2017


With Erasmus program in Norway.

Wibke Levens was very impressed by how efficient education can work if there is enough money. The teacher of the Erlich School just returned from a 5 day trip to Tysvaervag in South Norway where she had attended the third meeting of the Erasmus-Plus-Project ” Activating innovative learners” together with three collegues. This project will last two years and wants to increase the know how of pupils concerning the New Medias.

” It was very interessting for us to see the Norwegian way of inclusion. All students are together in only one school also the ones with special needs. There is no stereotyped thinking” says Wibke Levens. That would be possible because many social workers are involved. “Money is no issue for Norwegians”, she says. You can only dream of that in Germany.

How you can run a students`shop was the topic of this third meeting with teachers of Wales, Belgium and Spain. “The Norwegian school will pay for an IT-expert to create Apps with the younger pupils that will be sold parents , family or friends” says Wibke Levens. Since grade 1 the Norwegian students are used to work with computers. Such a kind of school business would be inconcievable in the Erlich school. These pupils with special needs tend to develop a business in the household section. The pupils will work on a  plan on that score.

The teachers also were discussing the results of the tasks from the former meetings. The students created animation films concearning the actual curriculum with iPads. In grade 4/5 the children created a film with traffic signs and grade 3/4 a film on the Puri-Farm, a farm with animals that every younger student is visiting once a month in order to take care of the animals.

The next meeting will take place in October in Speyer.

Minutes of 3rd Meeting in Norway

AIL Erasmus+ Meeting 3 – Norway

Participants: Norway (Geir, Silje, Vivian, ), Belgium (Catherine, Stephanie, Vincent), Wales (Adrian, Ryan, Lianne), Spain (Alvaro, Josvi), Germany (Karin, Nicole, Wibke, Angelika)

Thursday, 8th of June 2017

Presentation of Truls Dahn: How to create Apps

Truls Dahl explained native apps and web apps. For more detail please have a look at Truls’ presentation.
The idea was that students in every school develop and sell new apps as the entrepreneurship task.

Discussion about how to proceed with task entrepreneurship
Belgium, Germany and Spain don’t think that it is possible for their students and teachers to develop new apps. These schools never did an entrepreneurship project and would like to do this task as it was planned before.
Wales offers to develop a web app on our website which leads every school through the entrepreneurship task. Every school can work on this task on their own needs. Norway could develop apps with their students while other countries start businesses to earn money on students ideas (like cake selling, making jewellery, cleaning windows…)

Presentation of stop motion movies
Each country presents some of their work on animation.
Every school should give their movies to Adrian. Adrian will upload them on website.
As a reflection every teacher who worked on animation should fill in a KWHL grid in English and own language by 16th of June. Please reflect on: What went well? What went wrong? Where to improve?
FRIDAY, 9th of June 2017

Change of dates for 4th meeting in Germany
4th meeting will be in Germany 18th – 22nd of October 2017, hotel Ibis Speyer confirmed.

Agreements on entrepreneurship task
Wales tries to produce a web app pro-forma on teaching how to run a business until September so everyone could start in the beginning of next school year. Entrepreneurship Task should be completed by June 2018.
Every country has to do translations in their language.
The video task might be an advertisement for our business.

Ideas for web app
1. Idea shower
What are we good at?
How can we use our skills
What events are happening in school?
Who can help?
1.b. Decision for one idea…
2. Research
What do we need to know / do / how?
3. Action planning
Who did we get help from? (Could lead into our Interview plan)
Who will be our customers?
Where will we sell our product?
How will we get word out about our business? (making an advertisement could be Media task…)
Name of business / logo
4. Finances
Start up costs
How much will it cost to start?
Materials / equipment
Where will you get the money?
Cost per unit
How much will we charge
How much will you make?
What will we do with the money you make?
5. Realisation
6. Evaluation

It was decided that Wales will provide a structured route through the entrepreneur process which will be accessible via the web. Norway will possibly use this information to create an App suitable for students to use on an iPad.

Video Pages

I have started to create the Wales animation page. You will need to bring your videos and PDFs to Norway for me to add them. Here is what the finished material will look like.

Year 6  – 10 years old

Year 6 have been studying materials this term. Their practical investigation was on rates of dissolving and what affects them. They were asked to find out what happens when substances dissolve and explain this in an animation. They first used a KWHL grid to find show what they knew and what they would find out by research. They then used the storyboard provided to plan their videos. iPads were used along with the i Can Animate App and sound added in iMovie. Pupils were left totally to their own devices to produce the material. After the videos were created, they were asked to reflect on them by completing the KWHL grid.





Year 4/5

Year 4/5 – 8-9 years old. Year 4/5 have been studying volcanoes and mountains term.
Pupils completed thrir KWHL grid related to their knowledge of volcanoes and their knowledge of animation.
In Literacy, children have been writing explanations about how volcanoes explode and what causes the eruption.
Pupils practical aspect of the topic was to design, create and make a volcano out of paper mache. They filmed themselves making their volcanoes , in time frames, using the ‘I can animate’ app.
They drew each step of the eruption and also independently animated each process using the animate app. Pupils now use the software to help other children understand what happens when a volcano erupts.



Year 3/4

Year 3/4 decided that they wanted to do an animation on an element of maths that they were learning. They decided that it would be a good idea to do an animation on pictograms to show what fruit was popular in their class. They all filled out a KWHL grid stating what they already knew about animations and pictograms and what they would like to find out. In order to make the animation they all had to create resources. This included the fruit and the titles for the pictogram.

Once they had created these they used the app I Can Animate to create the animation. The children were responsible for capturing the frames and putting the resources they created onto the board one at a time. When they had captured all the frames they needed they looked back at the animation to see if they needed to speed it up or slow it down. Having decided on a speed that they were happy with they went back to their KWHL grids to write down what they had learnt.




Year 2

Pupils in Year 2 have been studying the life cycle of the chicken during their science lessons. They were lucky enough to have some fertilised chicken eggs to hatch in an incubator. Using the internet, they found out about the life cycle of a chicken and completed a KWHL grid. They decided to try and capture the chicks hatching from their eggs using time-lapse photography. They set up a web cam connected to the class computer and took a picture through the incubator glass every 10 seconds. The final video footage was over two hours long. The class selected the best bits and with the help of the digital leaders edited it. They were then asked to draw the different stages of a chicken’s life. This was given to the digital leaders in year 6 to turn into an information video using VideoScribe.




German Article after 2nd Meeting

Erasmus-school in the Online world

“It was very exciting to see how  pupils and schools in other countries are dealing with the Internet”, says Wibke Levens. The teacher of the Erlich-School and two collegues just visited an elementary school in the Belgian town Mont St. Guibert. There were also teachers from three other countries, namely Wales , Norway and Spain. It was the second meeting in the Erasmus-plus  project “Activating Innovative Learners”. The project tries to analyse and increase the knowledge of the pupils  concerning new media.

The first meeting took place in Speyer (we reported).  Back than the teachers of the five countries  developed  a survey for pupils, parents and teachers. Now there are the results.  “Our pupils think that they are very competent but in fact they have very little experience”, says Wibke Levens. At their homes there are many smartphones but only a few tablets or computers. Contrary to the partner schools there are only a few rules for using new media in the german families. On workdays they would use the Internet often more than three ours, at weekend even more although the parents say something different. These results have been a surprise. In other countries more media competence would be claimed. Due to permanent evaluation of the government the Welsh teachers are forced to develop frequently new media concepts. In Norway a teacher wants to design an app with the first grade. “In Germany I would suggest such a task rather for older pupils” , says Levens. The lesson is clear for her: We only know little about the educational system of other countries. “It isn’t easy  in Germany as well because education is the concern of the federal states”, says Mrs. Levens. For her own school an advanced training of teachers would be necessary. In addition the pupils’ and the parents’ awareness for using new media should be raised.

The next meeting will take place in Norway in June.

Valencian press release about AIL project

Sagrada Familia school from Manises involved in innovation thanks to Erasmus Plus.

Sagrada Familia school is working within the Erasmus + KA2 stage. It is the EU program in the fields of education, training, youth and sport for the period 2014-2021. Working in the fields of education, training, youth and sport can be an important help to tackle the socio-economic changes, the main challenges that will face Europe until the end of this decade, and to support the implementation of the European political agenda aimed at growth, employment, equity and inclusion. The schools joining Sagrada Familia are: Tysværvåg barneog ungdomsskule from Norway, Institute of Notre-Dame des Hayeffes from Belgium, Pontlliw Primary School in Wales and the FSP Lernen (Förderschule) Schule im Erlich from Germany.

Alvaro Ruiz, the project coordinator in the school, said the usefulness of the project, since “revolves around working with the iPad 5 and 6, at least in our school. It’s a project where all the schools meet every term during two years. In addition, all our activities are integrated into the curriculum of each country, so that is not an extra work we have to do as a special activity. ”

The teachers from the five countries schools have already met in Germany, where they put together the reality of each school with a video presentation of each school. In a website were hanging works of the project are questionnaires to see the technological level and the opinion on the use of technology in the school by parents, children and teaching staff.

Jose Vicente Ferris, headteacher of the school, saw in the project an oportunity for working in the future: “Although this project they work with 5th and 6th grade, we are open to work things in school now or when it ends the project “.

This project allows to have contact with other schools in the continent, see their ways of working and share best practices that each develops its educational system. “We have seen that children in Norway incorporates the use of the Tablet very soon, for instance.”

The route of the project  will do a scale in each country where teachers will coordinate the activities. Belgium recently presented an activity to make a stop-motion in the classroom, where you can work from different subjects. Norway will be responsible for working with the entrepreneurship APP that designed the children in order to sell a product. Next October the school from Germany will present how to do a podcast and will make available to other schools how to find the information needed to carry it out. Later on, Sagrada Familia will show how to do a Webquest  focused on journalism. Finally Wales will be in charge of an activity focused on TV broadcasting resources. “All the schools work in the same way, but each school prepares and presents one activity. After that each school develops according to its curriculum and its possibilities. At the end of each term we show the results and the process of creation. Finally we upload all the results on the website so that everyone can see the best practices at every school”.