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.
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: www.ail4kidz.eu. The Erasmus project still has another year to run.
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.