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.
Tysværvåg barne- og ungdomsskule January 2017
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.
After our first transnational meeting at Schule im Erlich, we featured in the local press as shown below. Translation will be available on our Press page soon.