Welcome to Europe – an e-guide book of 8 European countriesAnna Szczepaniak & Małgorzata Szukała SP 9 Dzierżoniów, Poland Contact Seminar Gdańsk, 19th September 2009
Our projects:• Discovering Europe• Are we really different?• A Safe e-Journey• Enjoy Your Meals and Festivals!• Welcome to Europe• Smart Surfers
Project team• Portugal: Cristina Silva, EB 2,3 da Lousã,• Poland: Anna Szczepaniak, Szkoła Podstawowa nr 9 im. Mikołaja Kopernika, Dzierżoniów• Lithuania: Alina Kalinauskiene, Gargzdu "Vaivorykstes" gimanazija,• Spain: Carolina Castro Comes, IES Aubenç,• Great Britain: Madge Peters, Olnafirth School, Voe• Romania: Cristina Cioanta, Scoala cu clasele I-VIII, Avrig,• Italy: Sebastiana Puglisi, SMS "Leonardo Da Vinci",• Czech Republic: Lenka Weinbergerová, Základní škola Františky Plamínkové, Prague
Idea of ProjectWhat actions to take What are our aims? to reach aims? How will we integrate project Age of participating into National curriculum? students Choose topic What will be the results and PRODUCT Product Set out aims benefits? Make plan How will we present our Set out tasks product? Integrate topics into national curriculum Choose tools for: -Communication -Publication -Processing of data Evaluation Duration of Project Two years project ACTING Acting TIME Time for 2007-2009 which will continue until June 2009 Time plan of activities basic elements of the project Deadline for tasks /product acting time/ and sharing of results
BeginningThe idea of this project was born a yearearlier, when we finished our previousproject about similarities and differences instudents’ life in Poland, Portugal and Italy.The coordinators decided to develop thecooperation and to let students know moreabout each other’s countries, regions,culture and traditions.
The aims of the project are:• to interest students in history and culture of their regions and countries,• to show them how they can use ICT in their learning process,• how to learn from their peers’ works• to make students realize how beautiful their country is and that they should be proud of it,• to encourage students to improve their English by using ICT.
The project was divided into six parts – topics: PART I: "Welcome to our home towns"(one day trip in students favourite places in their home towns)
PART II: "Welcome to our school" (students present their schools)
PART III: "Travelling to the Past"Students exchange information about theirfavourite traditions, events in their regions (connected with festivals, history).
One of the aims of our project was visitingeach other country, if possible. Two ofthe visits took place: Polish group visitedthe capital city of the Czech Republic -Prague, Portuguese group visited Polishschool and together with Polish studentsthey visited some historical Polish places,made friends with Polish students andknew Polish cuisine and culture. They alsovisited the city of Prague.
Advantages for project participantsStudents used digital cameras, MicrosoftOffice Powerpoint or Open Office.orgImpress and the Internet (websites) tomake presentations for the project.Teacher coordinator have improved herICT skills creating the blog . The otherteachers had to work with ICT using theeTwinning platform tools and improvedtheir ICT skills of making multimediapresentations.
The project ‘Welcome to Europe’considerably improved the quality ofeducational services in our schools:the participants got to know a lotabout European culture and history,improved their knowledge of Englishand ICT skills.It was already awarded with 3National Quality Labels - inPortugal, the Czech Republic andPoland.
Anna Szczepaniak & Małgorzata SzukałaSzkoła Podstawowa nr 9im. Mikołaja Kopernika Dzierżoniów Thank you for your attention Contact Seminar Gdańsk, 19th September 2009.