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.
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.
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”.
The Erasmus European exchange program is celebrating its 30th anniversary.
At the Notre-Dame of the Hayeffes Institute of Mont-Saint-Guibert, teachers and pupils are in their fourth project. Since September school year they have taken part in a new project with four other schools, one in Wales represented by several teachers, one from Valencia in Spain with three teachers, one from Speyer in Germany with three teachers and one from Norway with three professors.
A total of some four hundred students, half of them from Mont-Saint-Guibert. With the aim this time, the impact of new technologies and especially the iPad on student learning.
Several transnational meetings were scheduled to carry out this project. The first was in October 2016 in the German school. It was used to prepare a preliminary survey allowing children, parents and teachers to give they advice on the use of new technologies in their daily lives.
The same survey will be carried out again at the end of the project to see the evolution of the perceptions following the various activities carried out.
Last week, the students and professors of the Hayeffes welcomed the European partners.
During the second activity programmed in the project, the students will have to carry out a stop motion animation in order to synthesize a lesson seen in class, explains Vincent Dupont in charge of the project for the Hayeffes. These synthesis videos can also be used by other students as the work will be available on the project website www.ail4kidz.eu
Transnational visits are also an opportunity for teachers to visit the welcoming schools and exchange among teachers about the good pedagogical practices used throughout Europe. Subsequently, the children will be invited to create entrepreneurship to finance a school activity, to carry out a web quest on the Internet or to create a spoken newspaper broadcast as a podcast, as well as a television newscast using the Ipad.
A great opportunity for the students of the Hayeffes to use the iPad received as part of the Ecole Numérique project of the Région Walonne.
The first part of task one was for each school to present themselves to their partners in the form of a video. The choice of presentation was left to individual schools with the proviso that pupils decided the content and were hands-on in the making of the movies. This served as a means of introducing the participants to one another as well as providing an indicator of where each school was currently positioned with technology. We chose to involve Absurd film and Erlend Bjelland. He made a fantastic film with pupils and teachers as actors. There is a great sense of humour in the film and we tried to showcase the school vision – “Glimpse of humour and self-confidence – Everone can, everyone will. Together we will make it”. The heading of the article is Unforgettable Presentation.
The video can be seen here.
Schule im Erlich
Erasmus Project: First foot on the ladder
“Our pupils should learn that they can do much more with iPads than just watching videos on YouTube or playing games”. Wibke Levens, teacher at Schule in Erlich, will take a practical approach to let the pupils become ‘Actvating Innovative Learners’. The first meeting took place last week in the school but there is much more to come. For two years Schule im Erlich will work together with schools from Belgium, Wales, Spain and Norway to introduce students with new media.
In the next two years there will be five other meetings in the schools taking part in the project. For the first meeting 13 teachers from the partner schools came to Speyer for five days. Every school represented themselves and their hometown with a short movie at the welcome-assembly. Previously, the students were able to gain a positive experience in preparing a really nice professional movie just with an iPad and some good ideas.
The task the teachers had to work on during this first meeting was to develop a survey to interview their pupils, parents and teachers about their use of technology. “This survey will be evaluated at the beginning and at the end of the project, and we are very excited to see how it will differ,” Levens said. The pupils at Erlichschule benefited a lot from the first meeting. “In the last few months we have started to teach English for the younger ones at our school,” Levens said. This increases the motivation of the pupils a lot. The pupils speaker, Amina Dibrani, gave a welcome speech in English to the visitors. One class is looking for international penfriends.
During the afternoon activities you can visit an Erasmus-Club who use iPads to work on the different partner countries and the Erasmus tasks. It is interesting to see how different the countries differ in their use of iPads. In the Norwegian partner school the pupils get an Ipad in year 1 and have to give it back at the end of their time in school. In Spain the parents have to buy the Ipads. In Belgium, Wales and at Schule im Erlich the school provides a number of new media devices, so every teacher can borrow them for their class when needed. The school in Speyer received money from the county and the BASF. “For us as special needs teachers it is also interesting how pupils with special needs are being educated in other countries,” Levens said.