2012“KNOWING THE PAST TOUNDERSTAND THEPRESENT” ComeniusProjectIES Valle de Aller INITIAL MEETING: FINAL CONCLUSIONS AND AGREEMENTS 8th to 11th November IES Valle de Alller, Moreda (ASTURIAS) Spain
COMENIUS PROJECT: KNOWING THE PAST TO UNDERSTAND THE PRESENTIES VALLE DE ALLER / SAMANDIRA TEKNIK VE ENDÜSTRI MESLEK LISEI/ COLEGIUL NATIONALRADU NEGRU/ VILNIAUS RAJONO AVIZIENIU VIDURINE MOKYKLA/ ROSS TENSTA GYMNASIUMINITIAL MEETING: IES Valle de Aller (8th-11th November 2012)FINAL CONCLUSIONS AND AGREEMENTS During this first meeting of the Comenius project, held in IES Valle de Aller, we haveorganized four formal Comenius Working Meeting with the following agenda:I Comenius Project Work Meeting - Integration of the Comenius project in the Curriculum of the schools. - Sharing opinions about the different programmed activities. - Revision of the working calendar - Agreements in communications.II Comenius Project Work Meeting - Students mobility - Preparation of reports - Diffusion plan - Introduction of the LOGO of the project. - Creation of the blog of the project.III Comenius Project Work Meeting - Introduction of associated school and teachers (their countries, their schools) to students of 3º y 4º ESO and the Spanish teachers participating in the projectIV Comenius Project Work Meeting - Design of activities of students before the visit - Preparation of the visit of students and teachers to the program visit to Turkey - Signature of agreements and certificate of the meeting - Evaluation of the meeting. These are the conclusions and agreements according to each meeting: I. COMENIUS MEETING 1. All the associated partners agree that our Comenius project: “Knowing the past to understand the present” is fully integrated in the curriculum of our schools and educational system curriculum. 2. We revised all the programmed activities in the application form and we agree with all of them. However, we also agree that every school can add
more activities concerning the project according the necessities of their school. 3. Apart from the delay of the initial meeting, due to the best possibilities for all schools implied, we all agree in the original calendar of activities and mobility. It was proposed the date of visit and mobility of students for Turkey and Sweden Comenius meeting, according to the following calendar: - TURKEY: From 18th to 24th MARCH - SWEDEN: From 27th May to 2nd June 4. Respecting communications, we all agree in the following aspects. The official communication about the project will be by e-mail through the coordinators of the project. Apart from that, it will be created a gmailgroup among the participantteachers. The Turkish partner will be in charge of it. It will also be created a facebook group. The Turkish partner will be in charge of it. We will also create an e-mail addresses data among our students to communicate among them. We will also use video conference as a way of communication after our students have met in the second Comenius meeting.II. COMENIUS MEETING With regards student mobility, we all agreed each partner school will carry out the mobility to each associated country with 4 students and 2 teachers, according the money we have been assigned in the project. However, it was discussed the possibility to increase the number of students in the mobility in the case they could be lodged in a family house. This, obviously, would reduce expenses in every student and would make possible to extend the number of students. In the case of Romania and Spain, it is possible to find families to lodge the students. In the case of Turkey, the school needs some time to consider the idea. The Swedish partner considered it was quite difficult the lodging in families due to the different conditions of their students (many students to lodge and families houses are usually small flats). On the other hand, we all agreed that our intermediate Comenius report will be elaborated in our meeting in Sweden, in May. We all agreed of the diffusion of the project, according to the guide lines reflected in the application form. The Spanish partner introduced the LOGO of the Comenius project: “Knowing the past to understand the present”. It was elaborated by the IES Valle de Aller teacher from the Arts Department, Mrs. Marta Rodriguez. After the presentation and the explanations about the elaborations of it, all the associated schools accepted it as the logo of the project. In this session, it was also created the blog of the Comenius project. It was decided the name of the blog: KPUP (Knowing the past to understand the present).
IES Valle de Aller will be in charge of this official blog of the project, and all the activities, reports, and materials will be reflected on it, from all the partner schools. We agreed that official language will be English, but we also contribute to the blog in our own languages, promoting the idea of understanding our customs and traditions. The Swedish partner, due to the special circumstances of the students (most of the immigrant) will only write their report in English. The creation of an official project blog (where all the information will be included) doesn´t mean that each school could create their own blogs in their schools.III. COMENIUS MEETING The four Comenius associated school introduced their countries and schools to the educative community of IES Valle de Aller. In the case of students it was focused in students aged: from 14 to 16 years old.IV. COMENIUS MEETING We all agree in the design of activities of students before the next mobility. We are all going to work in a general vision of each country History, but them we are to focus our attention in the History of the country we are going to visit each time. In this case Turkey. The teachers of each visiting countries are going to give us a guideline of the most important things to learn about their History to be used in our lessons of History with our students participating in the project. At the same time, the students of every partner school will also work on a specific topic or theme about their History to present it in the guest country partner school. In general, all the partner schools prefer to have a general vision of History of the whole country, with no distinctions among different areas or regions. In the case of Spain, the school would prefer to focus just on the region of Asturias, but they will try to adapt, apart from Asturias, to a general vision of Spanish History. The activities that will be designed to prepare the visit are: Project songs, Language teams, History lessons, Debates discussion on History, Prepare common rules on debates, Common phrase dictionary of all common languages, Student blogs. It is also agreed to develop a Project Guide in which all the activities we make are reflected. The official blog is a good tool to do that. Romania partners express their wish to move the mobility to their school to October 2013, instead of November. That was accepted by all the associated partners. It was also considered as an important point in the project to reflect the differences between past and present in each associated country, focus on comparison of all possible historical elements, including social aspects. Finally, we are agreed in the criteria to choose students for the mobility to each associated school: - Level of English - Work on History
- Motivation on the project The average of age of the candidates will vary between 15 to 17 years old. TheSweden partner school could increase the age until 18, depending of the specialcircumstances of some students. It was given a certificate for all participants in the meeting according to themeeting calendar. It was also made an evaluation of this initial meeting in Spain from the part ofthe participants Moreda de Aller, 11th November 2012