KA2 - Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices
School Exchange Partnerships
O1- Increasing awareness of the Internet hazards by 20% by the end of the project;
O2 -Training teachers from each partner school in the safe use of the Internet by the end of the project;
O3-Acquiring and applying methods and strategies to combat the negative effects of internet surfing through exchange of best practices by a number of teachers at the end of the project;
O4- Training a number of pupils from each partner school in the safe use of the Internet by applying methods and techniques to combat their negative effects by the end of the project.
To achieve the O1 and O3 objectives, the following activities will be organized:
Cyberbullying - May 2019 - Turkey Activities such as role-play, case study, competitions which are meant to provide students with strategies to recognize and address cyberbullying manifestation and countermeasures.
Dangers of Internet I -November 2019 -Italy, students will be provided with strategies to combat fake news, fake profiles, junk mails.
Dangers of Internet II - May 2020-Germany: the activities are designed to provide students with tools to cope with the challenges of computer addiction and aggressive behaviors that can lead to phenomena such as those caused by online games Bluewhale, Pockemon.
However, through this project, we want to emphasize that the Internet is an extremely useful tool for students in documenting and learning and to encourage its use in the right way. Positive aspects of Internet use will focus on developing practical activities where students and teachers will learn to exploit the internet for their benefit.
To achieve the O2 and O4 objectives, the following activities will be carried out:
Using platforms in the classrom - Romania, October 2018 - to exchange best practice among partner countries in the use of modern tools for accessing the Internet (e-learning platforms, tools for creating online content, or using e-learning content) in order to increase the involvement of students in class;
Opportunities of Internet - Spain March 2019; Through workshop activities, role plays, presentations, students and participating teachers will present tools for consciously accessing secure and valid online resources
Social Media - a tool for education - Poland, February 2020. The activity, organised in workshops, focuses on the opportunities social media offers to teachers.
For each partner school the practical arrangements for the activity will include:
- the promotion of the project on the school website
- setting the selection criteria by the mobility selection coordinator in each partner school and publishing the selection announcement on the school
website. Candidates will be evaluated with a total score of up to10 points.The criteria may include: Europass CV (1 point), letter of intent (3 points),an English test - the minimum level for the participation is B1 (2 points), digital skills (2 points), experience in performing previous activities related to the topic of the project (2 points) . For the selection of the students the criteria will take into account : their motivation (4 points), the school marks (2 points), their level of English which will be tested and which must be at least A2 (2 points), digital skills (2 points). In order to encourage the participation of students who face social and economic difficulties 2 points will be given to this category from the start (in this case 2 points will be considered for the motivation criterion).
- designing the commission outside the institution for the selection of participants
- the selection of the participants and setting a list of reserve in case one of the participants withdraws
- publishing the list of participants on the school website
- planning the organizational aspects -Transport, accommodation- by the project team from each partner school. The host of the mobility will help the
partners to find the most suitable places for accomodation and will help with the transport from/to the airport
- each participant in the mobility will buy a travel insurance which will cover also the health problems
- cultural and linguistic preparation in each partner school
- each partner school will prepare the necessary materials on the topic for the next meeting
- each partner school participating in the activities will designate a member who will monitor the activity. The monitor will send daily reports that will be published in a diary of the activities on the school website of each partner
- the partner that hosts the meeting will prepare all the necessary technical devices and will make sure that the Internet connection functions properly.
- for the students under 18 years old participating in the activities, it will be obtained a parental permission for the use of their image in photos and multimedia presentations for the purposes of the project
- all the adult participants will sign a permission for the use of their image for the purposes of the project
- for the minor students participating in the crossborder activities, a parental permission will be obtained for transport
- for the students participanting in the activities a special schedule will be created so that at their return from the mobilities they could catch up on with the classes they missed
- for the teachers that participate in mobilities, there will be a list with replacements at classes
The project will produce tangible and intangible results. The tangible results (video lessons, movies, posters, the online guide of good parctices), promoted also on eTwinning, will permit a larger dissemination of the project also among schools at a local, national and even European level. This will help to spread the knowledge of best practices.
In order to ensure the memory of the project and its sustainability, the partners have also decided to continue promoting the project even after the project activities are completed. In this way, the students, participants in the project, will become trainers for their schoolmates in peer learning activities organised by the students’leaders from each school that used to be a partner in the project.
To ensure that students are more aware of the dangers they face when they use the Internet schools also intend to launch workshops on extracurricular timetables, which will benefit from the experience gained and the materials produced (video lessons, movies and role play). These activities will be performed especially by the teachers who were participants in the project activities during teachers’ local meetings.
The website of the project will be promoted on the website of every partner school.
The guide of good practices concerning the rational and secure use of the Internet, the questionnaire which shows if the students are aware of the dangers at which they are exposed when they use the Internet and if they know how to cope with these dangers and the video lessons and the movies in which former victims of the Internet irrational use witness about their problems will be freely downloadable on the project website. On each partner school website there will be a link to the project website.
The intangible results will be as important as the tangible ones as they will allow the schools involved in the project to become more attractive for future European partners.
The knowledge and the skilles aquired in the project will enhance the teachers' implication and motivation for the teaching proffesion which will lead to more attractive lessons for the students. In their turn the students will become more interested in the learning process and will know how to cope with the risky situations they could encounter when they use the internet.The teachers will be also better informed about how to deal with students facing difficult situations provoked by the internet abuse.
In the long run, all these will increase the visibility and the prestige of each partner school in the local community as well as in the European community.
Partnership working practices and outcomes will be disseminated as widely as possible. Target audience: students, teachers, and parents, local community, NGOs, other stakeholders, newspaper readers,television audience, other beneficiars of EU projects
Within each participating institution:
- the teachers and the students involved in the project activities will organize workshops and exhibitions of posters, photos, newsletters, videos, CDs in a prominent location in each partnership school (Erasmus+ corner). The corner will contain the most recent information on the project partners, events, activities and results.
- to ensure all students in the project group are fully informed of the work programme, they will dissaminate the results of the project in student assemblies and on the website of the project through workshops and multi-media presentations. In this way, students in the school will be familiar with the aims of the project, countries involved, topics covered, cultural and musical heritage of the project's partner countries and of the results of the activities.
This will emphasize the schools European/international outlook.
- teachers directly involved with the partnership will make sure that their colleagues are fully informed of the work programme, mobilities, results and impacts by organising presentations and workshops.
Additionally there will be articles in the school magazines, exhibitions in the school library
- management should be fully aware of their commitment to the success of the project and they will receive regular updates on the programme. Together with the teachers involved in the project, they will disseminate the information to other stakeholders in the local community, this will include their sponsors
- parents will similarly receive news of the partnership through the parents seminars and updates on school websites which will be regularly updated. They will be important advocates of the benefits of the Erasmus + aims and objectives.
Beyond the school the Erasmus + partnerships will create significant interest in the Education media, particularly in that it is a new programme with a substantial EU investment.
- for the communication of the project to the school and to the external stakeholders, each partner school will organize an official opening ceremony of the project, where pupils and parents, teachers, local authorities and the press will be invited. For the dissemination of the event, press releases will be prepared and sent a few days before the event.
- at each mobility, representatives from the local community and the press will be invited to attend the welcome meeting.
- the world of education in Europe will be informed via e-twinning and project website by uploading examples of activities
In order to encourage other educational institutions to use the results of the project, schools and representatives from higher educational institutions will be invited to dissemination and follow-up activities.