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Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
Summary of the project ancient rome in your modern town final
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  • 1. THE FINAL REPORT OF THE PROJET; ”ANCIENT ROME IN YOUR MODERN TOWN” NOVEMBER 2011-JUNE 2012COUNTRIES: TURKEY, SPAIN, ROMANIA, BULGARIASCHOOLS: TICARET MESLEK LISESI, TURKEY FERNANDO ZOBEL HIGH SCHOOL, SPAIN LORIN SALAGEN TECHNICAL SCHOOL, ROMANIA HIGH SCHOOL OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES, BULGARIATEACHERS: MUTLU HASPOLAT, TURKEY MARTA PENA, SPAIN NADINA CARMEN, ROMANIA VESA MIHAYLOVA*This booklet was created and printed by the TurkishE-twinning Team 1
  • 2. The Teacher’s name: MUTLU HASPOLATThe Project’s name: “ANCIENT ROME IN YOUR MODERN TOWN”The School’s name: BURDUR MERKEZ TİCARET MESLEK LİSESİFOUNDERS: SPAIN, TURKEYPARTNER COUNTRIES: BULGARIA, ROMANIABlog: http://ancientromeinyourmoderntown.blogspot.comTwin-Space: http://new-twinspace.etwinning.net/web/p62023You may visit our Blog OR Twin-space to gather more detailed informationand to reach more picture collections about our Project: 2
  • 3. CRUCIAL NOTE:This document is created to provide a general ideaabout the outcomes and products of our project.The full versions of PowerPoint presentations andvideos are available in the web sites given abovealong with the teachers’ archives.ADDITIONAL NOTE: This document was turnedinto a booklet as the second final outcome of ourproject by the significant support of Mehmet DEMİRCİ(the school manager of Ticaret Meslek Lisesi, Turkey)and handed out to all partner countries. 3
  • 4. SUMMARY:“Ancient Rome in Your Modern Town” project is created to give young people theopportunity to learn history and culture of a great civilization. The Romansmanaged to survive for hundreds of years in Europe and in the other parts ofthe world by producing new technology and equipments on several areas. Romanscreated new management systems, using the magical word of "Republicanism",having the great art works, monuments or artifacts, tiles and buildings. Thecultural history of Roman Empire is aimed to be taught to the pupils in anenjoyable way through the concept of “Ancient Rome in Your Town”. This projectaims to encourage students to produce new ideas, to develop new points of viewabout history and culture while making a historical research, to be aware ofthe historical and cultural richness of their landscape and country, to noticehow important the monuments and ruins are in this modern age. Thelearners/researchers are expected to acquire that to preserve the historicalheritage means to preserve their future. During the project process, thestudents are aimed to take the shots from the right angles. It is also expectedthat the richness of Roman Culture and Civilization is brought back to life bythe project participants.RATIONALE:Burdur Ticaret Meslek Lisesi (The Turkish Vocational High School of Trade) islocated in a region called “The Land of Lakes” where the history goes back tothe Neolithic Age as the archaeological excavations and research haveidentified the remains of a great Roman civilization. In spite of thishistorical and natural richness, unfortunately, tourism industry is not one ofthe remarkable sources of income and the local people still suffer fromunemployment due to the lack of entrepreneurship, investments and jobopportunities in the area. It is inevitable to make a project on Roman culture,which is supposed to guide the parents, students and community in/around thecity and raise awareness about the significance of the rich Roman Towns and itsprobable contribution to local tourism and considerable income.WHAT WE AIMED:By the help of this project, we aimed at raising students who haveinternational good human relations and communication skills, organizationalabilities, critical and creative thinking methods, the ability of goal settingand decision-making, and a great sense of responsibility for the historicalheritage, as they are supposed to be potential tourism employers or employeesof the future. It is an important goal for us to provide our students havingsuccessful careers on tourism since our region is an ideal place for thisindustry with its Ancient Roman historical wonders. And this project was only atiny part of this process.WHAT WAS OUR RESPONSIBILITY?As the coordinator of the project, we were responsible of founding the e-twinning project team in our school, setting up the project blog, disseminatingthe project materials on web and upgrading it, creating a logo, maintainingconstant and reliable communication and keeping the channels open with thepartners, exchanging experiences, disseminating the results in our own regionby the help of the local press, local TV and our web site, making sure ourpartners follow and obey the schedule. 4
  • 5. What was our approach and what we did during theproject?Teams were formed to perform various activities planned in the project. In thefirst phase, the e-twinning school team of teachers and students were set upand they were responsible for searching and preparing materials about AncientRome.Colleagues involved in the e-twinning team at school:Mutlu HASPOLAT : Teacher of English- The team leader, founder of the project, creates the scheduleand distributes the tasks.Mehmet DEMİRCİ: School manager: Took place in the activities personally and supported the events with Mr. MutluHASPOLATYavuz HARMANKAYA: Teacher of Literature- guided students for Roman LiteratureHasan Ali TURGUT: Assistant Manager- helps with the financial issues, organizes the school trips and contacts withthe other organizationsEsra KAVAL: Teacher of English- helps for the language issuesMukaddes KAVAS: Teacher of English helps for the language issuesIlgın ERTEN: Teacher Of History- helps with the Roman HistoryTuran ÇİÇEK: Teacher of Geography- helps with the geographical structure of the Ancient Roman Towns. 5
  • 6. WORKING SCHEDULE AND TIPS " Ancient Rome In Your Modern Town" E - Twinning Project Schedule And Working GuidelineBefore getting to start...While working on the project we have a general purpose of using very originalmaterials instead of searching on Googles copy and paste. We need to becreative and eager to search and get the pictures and other materials from thereal places as much as possible. However, of course, it does not mean that wewill not use Google and other useful internet sites in our work. Students areall free to use their ways to reach the information, and they may choose theirown working and studying styles. (While reading this text, one should rememberthat these are only tips and suggestions.)NOVEMBER 2011SUBJECT: Getting to know each other and each others town1. During November, Teachers are going to decide their project groups and addthem to the Twinspace area, give the students passwords, user names, have themput their profile pictures on Twinspace, find Roman Nicknames. If the teachersor guides would like to introduce themselves, they will be welcomed.2. An E-Twinning Project Corner (Board) may be prepared at schools topresent the project outputs. This board can be used as a tool which announcesthe project progress to the other students at school and let them follow theirfriends and other countries works.3. The students who take place in the project prepare PowerPoint presentationsabout themselves, their families, hobbies, likes and dislikes, favorites, etc.Shortly, the students from all countries get to know each other. While they arepreparing their presentations, they should use real photos of themselves (notrepresenting ones) and their family homes, towns, pets, etc.4. Spanish and Romanian students share some of their knowledge about the Latinlanguage by teaching the following expressions:* Hello!*My name is.....*What is your name?*Where are you from?*I am from...Suggestions and tips for Novembers work:1. Every student prepares a presentation about his or her life with realpictures.2. All of the project students in each country cooperate and collectinformation to introduce their hometown and country with a PowerPointpresentation.3. During this work, it is suggested that they present up to date informationand take their own photos. Let them use their own cameras just likejournalists. It will probably get them to think that they start to work on avery important, so real, and enjoyable task. 6
  • 7. DECEMBER 2011SUBJECT: Your Local Ancient Roman Towns, Ruins, Settlements1. During December, students are supposed to search for their local AncientRoman Settlements or ruins in general.2. Each student can set up a PowerPoint presentation, or a group of the pupilscan prepare a power point presentation or all the students can prepare only onePowerPoint presentation about the subject above.3. Students send real New Year/Christmas cards to each other via the mail (notas an e-mail) at the end of December.4. Students search about the calendar in Ancient Rome (Months, New year, NewYear celebrations etc.)5. Spanish and Romanian students share some of their knowledge about the Latinlanguage by teaching the following expressions:*How are you?*I am fine.*Thank you!*Where do you live?*I live in....Tips of December1. Students search for the names of the Ancient Roman Towns close to theirarea.2. Students go to the area or museums to collect information about the ruins,ancient towns or monuments. (If they have a chance to do it or they may searchthe place on the net). They take some photos and share them in Twin Space.3. Students may search the historical dates as in follows;*When were the Romans in that town?*By whom the towns were built?*Who were the famous faces, the leaders, important characters?*Was it an important city/town?4. The information doesnt have to be in the detail. The expected result isthat the readers get a general idea of the Ancient Roman places in that areaafter reading up the students presentations since there can be more than onehistorical area in the towns and they cannot be evaluated and examinedaltogether.JANUARY 2012:SUBJECT (s): Roman Religions, Gods, Literature, Music and Art.1. During January, students do research about the subject(s) mentioned above.Students can make a pair work. They can work as groups and share the subjectsaccording to their interests. 2. Examples preferably should be taken from the nearby sites, if possible- butit also can be taken from the books, internet, museums etc. 7
  • 8. 3. If they find out a kind of interesting instrument or something like that,they can draw a picture of it, put a photograph of it or they can reconstructit. 4. Spanish and Romanian students share some of their knowledge about the Latinlanguage by teaching the following expressions:*Happy new year!*Good luck!*Do you speak English/Latin?*Yes, I do. No, I dontFEBRUARY 2012:SUBJECT: Searching Ancient Roman cuisine including drinks, table culture,entertainment and cooking the meals by using recipes if it is possible.1. During February students search about Roman Cuisine and they cook meals:)2. They can find information from a nearby museum, or search the net.3. If they have a chance to find some recipes they share it on theirpresentation.4. They are supposed to examine Roman eating habit. (There can be bakers amongthe ruins etc.)5. Since the 14th February is Saint Valentines Day, Spanish andRomanian students share some of their knowledge about the Latin language byteaching the following expressions:*I love you!*You are my sweetheart.*Do you want to go out on Saturday?*Would you marry me?*Yes, I do / No, I dontMARCH 2012Finding out what kind of houses, tools, furniture or appliances were usedduring the ancient Roman period.1. Students search the Roman houses and villas and make models of the villas.2. Students search the tools, furniture Romans used in their everyday life andreconstruct them (if possible).3. Spanish and Romanian students share some of their knowledge about the Latinlanguage by teaching the following expressions:* Have you got a villa? Yes, I have/No I havent.*Do you live in a city or in a village? I live in a city/village* This is the kitchen/dining room/living room/library etc.APRIL: 2012SUBJECT: Searching and making Roman sculptures of the old statues and imitatethe ornaments and tools. Using plaster molds to produce the statues and otherornaments.1. Students search the statues that Romans made and try to imitate them byusing plaster molds etc.2. Students search the old Roman cities and make models of them.3. Spanish and Romanian students share some of their knowledge about the Latinlanguage by teaching some expressions of their own choice: 8
  • 9. MAY: 2012SUBJECT: Searching and building old Roman cities, temples, theatres etc.1. Students search the theatres and temples of the Romans and reconstruct themby using cartoons, wood etc.2. Students search Classical tradition such as decorative elements used inbuildings, for example, kinds of columns and other architectonicelements...Give life to these elements.3. Spanish and Romanian students share some of their knowledge about the Latinlanguage by teaching some expressions of their own choice:JUNE 2012:SUBJECT: Making a calendar or bookmarks with images taken from Ancient Romanhistorical sites.1. Students make a calendar or bookmark with images taken from Ancient Romanhistorical sites.2. Students names (of each country) can be added onto the calendar.Note: Feel free if you would like to add something... Good luck to everyone.... Mutlu HASPOLAT Burdur Vocational High School ofTrade, Turkey 9
  • 10. We got to work by introducing ourselves on the twin space with PowerPoint presentations. It helped students to use their English in a real field of life. They became happy to know other people from different countries and to learn about their hobbies, lifestyles etc.TURKISH STUDENTS’ PRESENTATIONS 10
  • 11. BULGARIAN STUDENTS’ PRESENTATIONS SPANISH STUDENTS’ PRESENTATIONS 11
  • 12. ROMANIAN STUDENTS’ PRESENTATIONS 12
  • 13. Then, the leading teachers of the countries prepared presentation aboutthemselves.Students introduced their schools: 13
  • 14. The e-twinning teams of every country prepared presentations introducing theircountries and cities: 14
  • 15. Local Ancient Roman Towns, Ruins, Settlements in the participant countries… 15
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  • 17. Roman Religions, Gods, Literature, Music and Art. 17
  • 18. ANCIENT ROMAN THEATER PLAYS PREPARED AND PERFORMED BYTHE SPANISH TEAM IN THE ANCIENT AMPHITHEATRE OFSAGOBRIGA 18
  • 19. RECIPES ARE RESEARCHED AND PREPARED BY THE TURKISH TEAM AND THEY WERETRANSLATED INTO LATIN BY THE SPANISH TEAM. They were in three languages:Turkish, Spanish and Latin… 19
  • 20. ROMANIASPAIN 20
  • 21. Ancient Romans’ Daily Items SPAIN TURKEY Roman Tools and EquipmentsAncient Roman Statues and TombsSPAIN TURKEY Ancient Roman Statues and tombs 21
  • 22. ANCIENT ROME’S ARCHITECTURE TURKEYWe created a wiki page about Ancient Rome Architecture in Ruins 22
  • 23. For a better understanding, the conditions of landmarks were explored. SomePowerPoint presentations were prepared about the Roman towns in our region.Some texts about local wonders were translated into English. Students tookphotographs on the theme “the buried history of my land and its waiting to bediscovered”.TURKISH TEAM 23
  • 24. There were workshops for language lessons on basic words, phrases of the LatinLanguage by collaborating with the Spanish teacher Marta Pena (She teachesLatin and Greek in her school). In Turkey we have Latin Classes only inUniversity departments like Archeology or the Faculties of Medicine etc. We arethe first Vocational High school who had weekly Latin Classes in all aroundTurkey. We are proud of that and we could manage it by the help of our SpanishPartner School. Marta is a Latin and Greek teacher so she prepared and sent theLatin language notes to us every month. She also sent us the recordings toteach us how to pronounce the words. As a teacher of English I even didnt knowa word in Latin. However, I studied and learnt the subjects and tried to teachmy own e-twinners at my school. And I felt great when my students greeted eachother in Latin in their everyday life. Some school teachers also attended thecourse to learn Latin. 24
  • 25. LATIN LANGUAGE NOTES PREPARED BY SPANISH TEAM 25
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  • 27. A CALENDAR AS ONE OF THE FINAL OUTCOMESPREPARED BY THE SPANISH TEAMA calendar full of our activities and Ancient Roman landmarks was prepared andprinted to be distributed to the partner schools by the Spanish group, as well. 27
  • 28. We had a school trip to Sagalassos and Cremnia (Two ancient Roman Towns in theborders of our town) to explore those landmarks and collect data for our twin-space and twin-blog of the project. We had another journey to a differentAncient Roman Town called Kibyra. We were guided by an experienced archeologistnamed Sağdıç Arabacı. The students took photos and recorded the information hegave on the video and prepared some documents to share with the othercountries. 28
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  • 30. SPANISH Students Project Visit to the Ancient RomanTown SEGOBRIGA 30
  • 31. We celebrated the New Year in a very colorful way. We sent real postcards toeach country and they all sent postcards to us and to each other as well. THECARDS ARE PREPARED BY SPAIN, TURKEY, ROMANIA and BULGARIA 31
  • 32. The most enjoyable part was our Ancient Roman cooking workshop. We searched forthe Ancient Roman Meal recipes on the net and translated them into Turkish. Toshow a respect to the Ancient Romans, Marta and his students translated therecipes into Latin. We had big cards which involved Ancient Roman recipes andthe students cooked by following the cards and tasted the meals at the end. Thefeeling that they had was interesting because they said “it was as if they hadbeen back to history of these lands” 32
  • 33. We also visited the Local Museum and collected data and share with the othercountries about Romans’ statues, daily items and medical tools. We all gotsurprised with the things that Ancient Romans used at once. We created aPowerPoint presentation to introduce the Ancient Rome’s daily items, tombs,medical tools, knitting machines, statues, tiles, glass and furniture. At theend we went to a café and discussed what we have seen and learned in the Museumtrip and determined and shared the task how to publish and share our experiencewith our partner countries. 33
  • 34. According to our project schedule, we had another activity and it was buildingAncient Roman buildings like theaters, villas etc. The Spanish group sent ussome model books and the students created beautiful roman structures with them.We built a roman town in our e-twinning project corner in our school. 34
  • 35. OUR PROJECT CORNERS TURKISH TEAM We updated our e-twinning corner every month and tried to keep students informed those who did not have internet access or computers at home as well as the students who were not involved in the project... 35
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  • 37. TURKISH Team prepared a THE END OF PROJECT QUIZ consists of 20 questionsto find out how far we have gone. SPANISH, TURKISH, BULGARIAN, ROMANIANstudents did the test and shared 37
  • 38. QUIZ RESULTS. The results in Facebook, BlogSpot and twin-space fordissemination 38
  • 39. POST EVALUATION QUESTIONARRE (FEEDBACK)EVALUATION(FEEDBACK) RESULTS 39
  • 40. The teachers from different countries wrote their ideas on the blog and twin-space about making an e-twinning project with different countries. 40
  • 41. FEEDBACK FROM THE STUDENTSSpanish Students... From Marta B. and Zaida M. We’ve found this project very interesting as we’ve known a very different culture from ours and we have met people from other countries. Besides we have been able to show how beautiful our country and our city are. From Marcos David P. I consider the e- From Rubén A. and Rubén G. twinning project which I’m taking I believe that this project part in this year has allowed us to know the very interesting culture of other countries, because we have as Turkey, Bulgaria and learnt a lot about Romania. Besides, with the new cultures. I work we did, taking pictures, liked the postcards we realized the big amount of we received very remains and the importance much and I enjoyed that the Greek and Roman making some for our architecture has in our city. partners. I’d like With the visit to the to do another archaeological site of project next year. Segobriga, we could also know From Claudio M. the important site of an older Roman town in our With this project I’ve liked province.We also loved the knowing different cultures cards received from the other and the history of each other students to wish us a new that our common ancestors year, specially the Turkish left in several sites of students’ cards, who sent us every country which has taken one for everyone of us. part in this etwinning project. I am also happy with meeting people from other countries. 41
  • 42. TEACHER’S COMMENTS AND EXPERIENCES ABOUT THE PROJECTMARTA PENA (THE TEACHER FROM SPAIN) COMMENTS ON THEPROJECT:When I started this e-twinning project, I was really looking forward to workingwith teachers and students from other countries, and I have to say it has livedup to all my expectations.Although the development of the project with my students hasn’t been as perfectas I would have liked, perhaps due to my and their lack of experience, it’sbeen really nice and worthwhile.They have met other people interested in the same things, even in the samesubjects they are studying, with different cultures or ages, who considerexotic something they are really used to: Roman civilization. It’s been achance to show what they know about them and the archeological sites aroundtheir city, but also an opportunity to remember that Romans were not only inSpain but in many other countries. They were surprised with videos and picturesfrom Turkey, Romania and Bulgaria.And what can I say about me? I don’t have enough words to thank Mutlu, theTurkish teacher, everything I’ve learnt from him, not only about the work inthe project but also about his enthusiasm for teaching. Watching his videos andtalking very often with him I already know how could I involve my students inother activities in order to make them enjoy their studies? Without realizing,he has been a perfect teacher for me, and then a good friend.This is one of the things I liked more: teachers working together sharing notmainly their knowledge but their humble way of seeing teaching, so, alwayslearning from each other, not only professionally but personally.I’ve never thought I could have students so far! I love my new Turkishstudents. I know they have enjoyed and learnt a lot with the materials I sentand this is very fulfilling and rewarding for a teacher.I can’t wait for the next E-twinning or the Comenius we have applied for. Theseactivities are like fresh air in our classrooms for students and teachers. 42
  • 43. MUTLU HASPOLAT (THE TEACHER FROM TURKEY) COMMENTS ONTHE PROJECT:"How did the e-twinning project benefit to teach thelessons?" by Mutlu HASPOLAT As a teacher of English Language, I have never had a chance to teach anotherlanguage which even I, myself barely know. I am talking about Latin. The firsttime I came across with the language was in our Twinspace. I downloaded theLatin Language Notes of Marta Pena who is also another language (Latin)teacher. The most interesting thing about this experience is I am both learningand teaching, or lets say my students and me are teaching and learning at thesame time. It is really fun and enjoyable.The Project Ancient Rome in Your Modern Town gave us the opportunity of sharingour teaching and learning experiences. Before starting this great project, mystudents had no idea about Romans. Although our country (Turkey) was founded inthe midst of the Roman Towns, they didnt know that all those ruins belonged toRomans at once. Now, along with the knowledge of our local Roman towns, theyknow what Romans used to eat, wear, believe, sing and listen... They also willcook and taste some of the Roman meals in one of the coming weeks.This project also taught us about other countries backgrounds and we made manynew friends. We saw where our friends live and what kind of beauties theirlands embody.The best thing about the project is my students who are not very well onlanguages are eager to learn new languages and interested in the history more.The way that they follow at school is really different when compared with theirpast. They are more enthusiastic about searching and getting the knowledge.They like spending time in the project and they say that it feels great.In Turkey, the students address their teachers with their first names plus"teacher", like "Mutlu teacher". It sounds interesting that they accept Marta(who sends our monthly Latin Documents and writes a lot in the blog) as one oftheir teachers and they call her "Marta Teacher ". They liked Spains power-point presentation about St. Valentines Day (which was in Latin). They usedGoogle translation to learn what the pages tell.They also enjoyed with the other PPTs about Roman Gods and beliefs. They reallyenjoyed the story about Hera, Athena and Aphrodite. Their English is not enoughto understand the story and I translated most of the story for them in ourweekly project meeting. One should have seen their excitement in their eyeswhile we were translating the text sentence by sentence about who would Parischoose to give the apple. At the end, they clapped Aphrodite for taking theapple. It was really fun. Such kind of activities, which are not compulsoryhighly motivates them. It also seems so eccentric to them. I observed that thestudents who take part in our e twinning project study their English lessonsmore and they always do their English homework.Shortly and briefly, they know more about Ancient Romans, Romania, Bulgaria,and Spain. They feel great to prepare themselves for the next month’s tasksalthough their English is not so good. We are all happy to share ourexperiences with our friends from other countries and spend time to teach andlearn with them.Mutlu HASPOLATTurkiye 43
  • 44. INTERVIEW WITH THE TURKISH TEACHER MR. MUTLUHASPOLAT WHO IS THE CO-FOUNDER OF THE PROJECT-Our Project with Questions- Mr. Mutlu HASPOLAT, Turkish e-twinning teams contact person and leader answering the questionsabout the Project "Ancient Rome in Your Modern Town"-Why this project is needed?-By the help of this project, we aim to raise students who have good human relations andcommunication skills, organizational abilities, critical and creative thinking methods, theability of goal setting and decision-making, and a great sense of responsibility for thehistorical heritage of Ancient Rome, as they are supposed to be potential tourism employers oremployees of the future.-How did the partners meet? Was it arbitrary to have Bulgaria, Romania, Spain and Turkiye? -Actually, it wasnt an arbitrary choice. We came together because of some specific reasons. All the partner institutions are located in the areas, which have remarkable Ancient Roman wonders. The advantage of living in such kind of beautiful places motivates us to use all these precious sources to produce suitable employment opportunities and to let the Europeans know about our historical wonders. -Who found whom while coming together? Well, Turkiye was searching for friends all around Europe to start this project in E-twinningpartner finding pages. It all began with the respond from Spain. Then Romania and Bulgaria likedthe idea and came on board. - How did you form the schedule?- Like in the other important decisions, we all decided together. The teachers specified theneeds for their schools and searched for the lack of Ancient Rome knowledge of their students.Then, every teacher added something to the list. - How did you form the e-twinning teams in your schools? - We generally used some tools and specified some criteria to choose the e-twinnies. Forexample, in Turkiye, I created a questionnaire with lots of questions about their personalinterests for history and abilities to make models or taking pictures, preparing power-pointpresentations or their eagerness to learn about ICT skills. The students volunteered for theaction and joined the teams, happily.- How did the students find the idea at first?- To be honest, they found the idea very unusual and unnecessary to spend time on. Because, theyhad no idea who the Romans were and what they did or how important they were in the historyscene. Some of them even used to know very little about Romans settlements in Turkey’s moderncities. - How were they convinced?-Although we have several Ancient Roman Settlements in our own town , they just didnt know towhom the historical ruins belonged to and for what reason those cities established. Most of themdidnt want to take part until the first school trip to an ancient city in the guidance of anarcheologist who told and taught many important historical events took place on the land whichthey were standing on and surprised them with the stories of wars and heroes even tales andlegends. 44
  • 45. -How was the reaction of the other school teachers?-They liked the idea and found it useful, but doubted whether the students at school would likethe idea and be successful on taking part in a such kind of project, which is very unfamiliarwith the Turkish history, culture and traditions. They were right in a way. I saw it during theprocess of our project work. When we started to prepare some documents about Ancient Roman Gods,they were terrified to talk about more than one god. However, they sooner understand that it wasa culture lived with its own positive and negative aspects.-In what way the school manager reacted?Mr. Demirci has always supported the team and provided all the necessary equipments for theproject activities. He provided us flash- disks to give the students as rewards, the restaurantfor Roman food cooking activity, printed Project T-shirts for students, attended the cookingactivity in person, helped sending the new year postcards, took the photographs of the e-twinningcorners any time it changed (two times a month or once a month). I was rewarded with a successplaque by him, as well.- How did you integrate your project with the ongoing activities and curriculum?It wasnt so difficult to integrate the activities to the project although Romans arent taughtin detail in our schools. They learned more about Geography, History and Foreign Languages.Students improved their ICT skills while they were preparing PPts and uploading files in twin-space. They also learned a lot about communication skills while communicating with their peers inEuropean countries.- How about the Latin Language Classes? Were they successful?It was cooperation between Spain and Turkiye actually. The Greek/Latin teacher Marta sent thenecessary documents for the basic Latin structures. I studied them at home and learned themfirst. then we had very enjoyable Latin classes as the pronunciation of it very close to ours.Students liked it and learned faster than English. Of course they just know the very basicstructures of it. The best thing about it, they spoke Latin in the ancient roman Ruins andbrought back Ancient Rome into life. Another interesting point is that some of the teacher joinedthe classes to learn a little Latin. They also came up with other possible project to learn otherlanguages with such kind of cooperation.- How did you form the e-twinning School team with the other teachers at your school? The school team formed itself actually. My colleagues were following the E-twinning activitiesfrom our e-twinning corner at school. They found it really interesting and wanted to take part inthe activities since they knew they could be very helpful. Then we started to organize theactivities together. They want to create new projects and study on them together from then on.- What was the most interesting memory in your school trips and other activities?-Well, there are many of them. But the most significant was we all (students and teachers) rodebumper cars after a visit to Kibyra (an ancient Roman town). It was really enjoyable and a lifetime memory.Did the project have an impact on the locals and people around you and your school?Of course, it did. Beyond our students, the parents learned about Ancient Romans a lot. We wereon the newspaper, for example. People in our town learned what we were trying to do and whatAncient Romans did on these lands.Did you eat what you cooked in your Roman Dishes Cooking Activity?The students doubted at first, but when they tasted a little, everything changed.We liked the ancient taste. 45
  • 46. A simple book is written just for fun how our e-twinning Project was created and itwas published in the section of “The Story of our project”. You can read a storyabout a teacher who discovers e-twinning in an odd way. It is written by Mr. MutluHASPOLAT (the e-twinning team leader of Turkish group). We hope you enjoy it. 46
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  • 52. HOW WE USED THE ADVANTAGES OF ICT?Ticaret Meslek Lisesi (Turkish School) has an ICT department. The studentslearned to use flickr, glogster, storybird met the Google documents for thefirst time. They also learned how to prepare Power point Presentations andupload them in the twin-space. They learned to take good pictures and to recordwith video cameras from the right angels.We organized a chat session to providestudents a chance to talk their friendssimultaneously. It was really enjoyable andinformative… 52
  • 53. A photo just after the chat session…Happy faces, ha? 53
  • 54. HOW WE INTEGRATED THE PROJECT INTO THE ONGOINGACTIVITIES AND CURRICULUM:The topic of the project was integrated into the educational content ofGeography, History, Literature, Foreign Languages, Latin and ClassicalLanguages, Environmental protection and Information technologies. Studentsdeveloped their communication in a foreign language, in both oral and writtenform, to interact with partners. They learned to express themselves andinteract by using ICT, apart from using them to find and organize informationfrom ICT. Social and civic competencies, which refer to personal,interpersonal and intercultural behavior, were developed by joining otherpeople to who live in other countries in order to make a project together. Theywere taught, individually or in teams, to update those essential competenciesthey couldn’t acquire due to being early school dropouts or people fromdifficult home environments. The project was also integrated into the subjectsof Management, Accounting and Finance to calculate the risks of starting ahistorical tourism business in a specific area. They, now, have bettermanagerial skills especially on historical tourism.Mutlu HASPOLAT: Teacher of English- The team leader,founder of the project, creates the scheduleand distributes the tasks.Yavuz HARMANKAYA: Teacher of Literature- guidedstudents for Roman LiteratureEsra KAVAL: Teacher of English- helped for thelanguage issuesMukaddes KAVAS: Teacher of English helped for thelanguage issuesIlgın ERTEN: Teacher Of History- helped with the RomanHistoryTuran ÇİÇEK: Teacher of Geography- helped withthe geographical structure of the Ancient RomanTowns. 54
  • 55. HOW WE DISSEMINATED OUR PROJECT:The local newspaper visited our school in our activities while we were cookingAncient Roman Food and they published the news both on their internet site andprinted newspaper.Our Project was also subject to the Spanish School Magazine and there was afool page of news about our activities and outcomes.We shared our works and outcomes on Facebook and BlogSpot. We also introducedour project in 2011 Antalya e-twinning seminar and in 2012 Berlin e-twinningseminar.In Romania our project was the subject of a school spring celebration.We also contacted with some parents and local organizations to finance theschool trips, printed t-shirts, Roman food Cooking workshop and making Romanmodel houses. The all learned about our intentions and works so they sharedwhat we do in their Facebook accounts and daily lives.ROMANIAN BIG SPRING EVENTOne of the students is wearing an e-twinning t-shirt which was especially printed for our project by TurkishTeam. The t-shirts were sent to all partner countries as memories of “The Ancient Rome in Your ModernTown” 55
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  • 57. 2011 ANTALYA (TURKEY) E-TWINNING CONFERENCEThird PictureThe minister of Turkish Education Technologies is visiting the stunt. Mr.HAPOLAT (Turkey) is informing him about the projects activities. After theinforming process, he congratulates the works. 57
  • 58. 2012 E-TWINNING ANNUAL CONFERENCE – BERLINIn the first picture, you can see our towns e-twinning ambassador while holding a Roman Dish with one of ourproject e-twinnies. The writing is “E-twinning, share what you have”In the following Picture:Mr. Mutlu Haspolat (One of the founders of Ancient Rome in Your Modern TownProject) is with Turkish NSS Team at the Multiculturalism Stunt. 58
  • 59. In the poster of cooking team you can see our school manager and Burdurse-twinning ambassador (Turkey) with students after the cooking activity.LOCAL MEDIA You can see some news about our project on a local newspaper below. The news is in Turkish. www.cagdasburdur.com/haber/1010-bolgemizdeki-roma-kulturu-tanitiliyor http://burdur.meb.gov.tr/haberoku.php?idd=75 http://burdur-etwinning.webnode.com.tr/news/ancient-rome-in-your-modern-town-proje-faaliyeti/ Another piece of news on a local newspaper. 59
  • 60. WHAT ARE THE INNOVATIONS AND FIRSTS IN THIS PROJECT?The project was so successful that it has some innovations:1. The first e-twinning school team in our city. 2. The first Weekly Latin Language workshop was held in a high school inTurkey3. The first Ancient Roman cooking activity was organized. 4. The people had a better chance to know the Ancient Roman culture whichgenerally forms the Modern European culture.5. The local people became aware of the treasure that they lived on.6. An ancient Roman town brought back into life by models.WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM THIS PROJECT?1. Anyone who wonders about ancient roman culture2. Anyone who wants to see fantastic pictures about different countries withtheir historical landmarks.3. Anyone who isn’t aware of the importance of historical tourism.4. Anyone who wants to learn the basic usage of Latin Language.5. Anyone who wants to cook and taste Ancient Roman meals.6. Anyone who wants to know more about Bulgaria, Spain, Romania and Turkey.7. Anyone who wants to get inspired by the beneficiate of making an e-twinningproject as e-twinning projects motivate the students to come to school andstudy their lessons more.8. Anyone who is looking for a good country/city to spend their summer holidaysthis year.9. Anyone who wants to learn about different cultures and different societies.THIS DOCUMENT IS PREPARED BY MUTLUHASPOLATJUNE 2012 60

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