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Can you tell me the way to...? Tracing our European identity on foot.
Start date: Sep 1, 2015, End date: Aug 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

For thousands of years a network of roads, routes, paths and passes have criss-crossed ourcontinent allowing great numbers of men and women from various cultures to come into contact with each other and communicate, thus shaping the cultural, economic, religious and political bases of modern Europe. They paved the way for our Founding Fathers towards a common identity. Walking along these paths today, we can re-trace the memory of those who, long ago, left their influence and traditions on the places they visited and brought together fragmented territories under one common denominator: Europe. It is a journey into the past, which unravels ancient history and connects it to the present. The journey is a unifying symbol of historical trade routes, roads of emperors, kings, tradespeople, soldiers, pilgrims as well as routes of immense cultural and historical heritage, connecting all corners of Europe. Partners from eight European countries, whose schools are strategically located near important arteries, will set off, on foot, on a journey of their regions in search of ancient, medieval and modern routes which they will explore, finding links between the itinerary’s historical heritage and all the aspects of the area´s natural and cultural aspects as well as the changes these roads have undergone over the centuries and the reasons for them . Together, wewill learn to read historical maps and documents, classify the various types of routes, discover their peculiarites and compare their functions in the past to nowadays. As a result of this study, our field work will take us to museums and natural parks, let us speak to historians, archaeologists, tourist and nature guides, local people, etc.The information gained from these experts will be included in lesson plans. Our trails will be registered by GPS coordinates, enriched with information about nearby accommodation, photos and videos and eco- friendly activities which will be uploaded to the collective etwinning project website as examples of ecotourism. By doing that, we´ll guide Europeans in their discovery of our countries´ culture,heritage, society and wildlife. Since English is the working language of our project and all coordinators possess language, ICT and/or science skills, our main aim is to promote, develop and improve language competences through transversal skills. Many of us have worked together before and we are aware of the abundance of related information to be found on the Internet, some of which is valid, much of which is a waste of time. Applications will include the Etwinning project website, Wikiloc, Joomag, Noah project app., Google docs and maps, Google Earth, school radio, Skype.Therefore, we will continue our dedicated search for open-source digital tools and educational resources, selecting only those applications which have been truly tested among our pupils and received their positive feedback as well as didactic success. Our intention is to transform all the information gathered while walking along the routes together into interactive, learner-centred, multi-disciplinary lesson plans, which can be re-used in the CLIL classroom, as an independent learning tool or, in a simplified format,for peer teaching. Each school will prepare at least one lesson plan per school year,which will be taught by our students to local primary schools. The information will include references to science, history, geography and citizenship and will be presented in English.The open source applications used in the lessons will be compatible with an interactive white board and encourage pupil participation and involvement. Pupils will be accompanied through an exciting itinerary oriented towards a multi-faced appreciation of their immediate environment, which could be applied to different career paths, as well as an understanding of their own talents and possible areas of improvement. They will be encouraged to reinforce their language, ICT and European citizenship competencies and combine their resources and talents to collaborate and suggest new directions and interpretations to the project . Each participating school will involve as many members of its teaching staff as possible, encouraging a mixed participation of both experienced and newly-qualified colleagues. This will allow for a fruitful exchange of innovative and time-tested methodologies as well as a multi-disciplinary approach to everyone’s teaching. Final products will include innovative, transversal and interdisciplinary CLIL materials, lesson plans, didactic units, which we hope will be shared and used in various teaching environments. All actors in the project will be made aware of the European dimension and far-reaching advantages of an Erasmus+ experience on individuals, schools and the community as a whole. All partners , from the outset, for the duration of the project and beyond, will have the responsibility of informing the community of Erasmus+ actions and activities
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