Comenius Project Natural Sciences, natural English Report of the second teachers meeting in Prato 17th – 20th November 2011Mobility No: 2Host Organization: ISISS CICOGNIINI-RODARIReceiving Country: ItalyReceiving Location: PratoStart date: 17-11-2011End date: 20-11-2011Duration (days): 4Participants:Agnieszka Podkalicka (professional subiects teacher, Poland)Basia Podkalicka (Engilsh teacher, Poland)Bogusław Bałut (deputy head, Poland)Carmen Lacruz (History teacher, Spain)Carmen Vanaclocha (English teacher, Spain)Edyta Kulawiak Roman (Social Sciences teacher, Poland)Emanuela Perugi (English teacher, Italy)Julie Santer (Science teacher, Luxemburg)Lars-Johan Janson (History teacher, Sweden)Marcin Stanek (Computer science teacher, Poland)Maria Berglund (Science teacher, Sweden)Natalia Mauro Nicolino (English teacher, Italy)Patrick Hobbs (English teacher, Luxemburg)Patrizia Mauri (Science teacher, Italy)Raffaella Cappelli (Social Sciences teacher, Italy)Rinaldo Rinaldi (Science teacher, Italy)Description of the activities:On 17th of November, the participants met informally for dinner in a typical Italian tavern.The official meeting started at 9.00 a.m. on Friday, 18th November in the conference room of theHotel President in Prato where the participants were hosted.During the morning session, the following subjects were treated:
- Brief presentation of the Polish educational system and the Polish partner school by the Polishdelegation which was absent from the previous meeting;-The date for the 3rd teachers meeting in Poland was fixed for Friday 21st and Saturday 22ndSeptember 2012 (arrival on Thursday evening, departure on Sunday);- Ideas for the dissemination of the project:After some introductory explanations given by the coordinator Natalia Mauro Nicolino, we startedby identifying potential target groups for the dissemination of the project and came to theconclusion that we should try to reach teachers, teachers in training and students of theparticipating schools, teachers and teachers in training of other schools, other potential Comeniusparticipants as well as the ministry of education.We proceeded to find the channels which would allow us to reach these target groups and came upwith the following list: -internet website: the Polish presented the website which they had already well prepared, and we discussed some alterations concerning the structure of the website. All information to be published on that site (e.g. lesson plans and material used during the lessons, examples of the students results...) should be mailed to the Polish coordinator, Edyta Kulawiak Roman to the following address: email@example.com; - school websites: every school should publish a brief presentation of the project with a link to the website, a list of participating classes, the timetable of students meetings, the reports of the meetings; - press: every time a meeting is held, the press should be informed by a press release. Natalia Mauro Nicolino offered to put the information on how to write a good press release on the website; - The Luxemburgish teachers mentioned that in their country, it might be interesting to inform the national commissions elaborating the programs in English and in Science as well as their ‘myschool’ platform, which is accessible to all teachers and students; - the Spanish delegation proposed using a website students use for their homework; N.B.: Don’t forget to ask for the parents authorization if you want to publish pictures of the students!- Implementation of the Social Sciences subjectWe decided to drop the term ‘social sciences’ and replace it with ‘sustainable development ‘.The sustainable development lessons are scheduled to: -give a definition of the term and to show how it can be applied on different levels (economical, environmental, social,…) - to treat one or more examples that the teacher and the class may choose freely. One example from each country is to be presented (presentation time between 5 and 15 minutes) by a group of students at the meeting in Luxemburg.
- the evaluation should follow the same model we created for biology and physics during our meeting in Kungalv;- Preparation for the meeting in Luxemburg:In order to prepare the meeting in Luxemburg, every country should send in for Friday 16th ofDecember: - the number, age and gender of the students going to Luxemburg; - the number of teachers going and whether they would prefer private hosting or a hotel.We decided that in Luxemburg we would be organizing workshops presented by the students ofeach country to their fellow students. In order to organize this, every country has to decide on whichsubject they want to present in physics and biology, with the exception of Italy, which will not havefinished the physics lessons by April 2012. The deadline for submitting the subject is Friday 16th ofDecember. As for the subject for the sustainable development presentation, we are confident thatthere are not going to be any redundant presentations.When your workshop is standing, you should send in time and material requirements to Luxemburg(firstname.lastname@example.org) before the 26th March 2012.The meeting then adjourned for a quick lunch and a visit of the Cicognini Rodari school. During theafternoon, we had a somewhat technical discussion on how to make it possible to place commentson the website without the use of a password, with the following results:- Comments on the website:all comments go someplace on the Internet that our Polish colleagues are able to find. All teachershave access to this ‘storeroom’ and have to take turns approving or rejecting the comment. For thecomment to be accepted it has to justify all of the following criteria: - be written in English - observe the rules of netiquette (be polite) - pertinent - signed with a chosen name or nicknameThe following list shows who’s responsible for evaluation the validity of the comments.Dec 16th2011- Jan16th 2012 Patrick LuxemburgJan 17th - Feb 16th 2012 Lars-Johan SwedenFeb 17th - March 16th 2012 ItalyMarch 17th - April 16th 2012 SpainApril 17th - Mai 16th 2012 PolandMai 17th -June 16th 2012 LuxemburgJune 17th - July 16th 2012 SwedenJuly 17th - August 16th 2012 ItalyAugust 17th - Sep 16th 2012 SpainSep 17th -Oct 16th 2012 PolandOct 17th – Nov 16th 2012 LuxemburgNov 17th – Dec 16th 2012 SwedenDec 17th 2012-Jan 16th 2013 ItalyJan 17th- Feb 16th 2013 Spain
Feb 17th - March 16th 2013 PolandMarch 17th - April 16th 2013 LuxemburgApril 17th - Mai 16th 2013 SwedenMai 17th -June 16th 2013 ItalyJune 17th - July 16th 2013 SpainJuly 17th - August 16th 2013 PolandOn Saturday morning, we went on a guided tour to Florence and the conference continued afterlunch in the conference room. The points treated in the afternoon were:- LogoWe decided that we would ask our students to make the logo, and that every country should send amaximum of three logos to the website (that is to say Edyta) by the 16th of December. These logosshould : - contain the name of the project - not contain any pictures or drawings protected by copyright (e.g. the European stars, the Comenius symbol) - not contain dates - be understandable even when compressed (on a letterhead...) - be in jpeg format, minimum 640x 480 pixels, maximum 1024 x 728 pixelsThe logos from each country will be published on the website and the students may then vote fortheir preferred logo, with the restriction that they can’t vote twice for the same country. The contestends on Friday, January 13th.N.B. Students have to be informed that by submitting their logo, they allow this Comenius group touse it on the website or on other publications- Facebook account:The coordinator, Natalia Mauro Nicolino opened a Facebook group called Natural sciences, naturalEnglish, Comenius. All participants should ask to become friends of this group and invite theirstudents to do likewise.Outcomes1. Schedule for the meeting in Poland2. Planning of dissemination3. Creation of the website and the Facebook group4. Organization of the comment management and of the logo contest;5. Final report of the 2nd meetingDate of the outcomes : 19th November 2011Language of the outcomes: EnglishCreator: all participantsMedias used: PC