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Europeans Teaching and Learning Together
Start date: 01 Sep 2014, End date: 31 Aug 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

In the project Europeans Teaching and Learning Together three schools from Sweden, Slovakia and Turkey work together to elaborate teaching methods, the use of ICT, communicative skills and confidence, pupil’s basic skills in Maths and English and the connection between school work and the society outside school. Schools involved: Stredná odborná škola drevárska, Slovakia: secondary vocational school situated in the eastern part of Slovakia. Mehmet Nazif Gunal Ortaokulu, Turkey: secondary village school situated in the south of Turkey. Storsjögymnasiet, Sweden: upper secondary privately owned school situated in the middle of Sweden. We all have pupils who have a need to develop their basic skills in order to be able to complete their education. Many of these young people feel the need to find a usefulness of their studies connected to the society outside school. We want to make them feel this connection in their lessons in Maths and English. In this way we hope to help them improve their basic skills, help them move on to the more difficult courses and furthermore prevent drop-outs. The educational use of ICT will help us to make the lessons more interesting, more connected to the rest of society and other countries in Europe. Another advantage is to make the pupils more confident in using ICT and Open Educational Resources (OER). We want to learn from each other and to try out new teaching methods which we have read about in modern pedagogical research. We will try out lessons both during the visits planned at the different schools and through the Internet by using Skype and other communicative resources. Staff and pupils will evaluate the new teaching methods together. In this way we want pupils and teachers to become more confidant when working together in planning and evaluations. Objectives in short: - Develop new teaching methods, through exchange of experiences and by trying out new methods from modern research. Try out methods and learn to evaluate together both the pupils and the staff involved. - Develop teaching methods connected to ICT and OER. - Develop teaching methods which are connecting school work to the society outside school. - Help pupils gain better basic skills in Maths and English. - Help pupils gain better communicative confidence and skills. - Help pupils learn good manners when communicating through social media. - Prevent early drop-outs. - Make pupils more willing to learn more about European people and cultures. - Develop democratical methods to plan and evaluate teaching including both teachers and pupils. The target groups are the pupils, teachers and headmasters in the three schools in the three countries. All pupils who study English and all pupils who study maths in their first year in the upper secondary schools (Sweden and Slovakia) will be involved when starting up the project. In Turkey all the 14-year olds will be involved. Involved staff in the three schools: Two English teachers, two maths teachers and the headmaster from Sweden. One English teacher, one maths teacher and the headmaster from Turkey. One English teacher, one maths teacher, one ICT teacher and the headmaster from Slovakia. All the results and experiences will be spread to other teachers, pupils and staff in all three schools but also to other schools and organisations. A group of pupils and teachers will visit each school and during the visits we will try out different teaching methods and plan and evaluate the project along the way. During these visits the methods will be evaluated among teachers and pupils. Between the visits the communication between the pupils will also be carried out through Facebook, Skype and Lync. We will also try out online teaching and lessons when pupils from the different schools cooperate over Skype and Lync. The contact and the cooperation between the schools and the teachers will continue after the EU funded project. We will continue to exchange teaching methods, experiences and to discuss school development issues. In addition we will continue the Internet based projects with pupils from the different schools and if possible continue to meet in real life. The contact persons will be responsible to maintain the cooperation after the project. Expected results: - new teaching methods ready to use, including methods connected to ICT and OER - new teaching methods ready to use, connecting school work to the society outside school - pupils more confident in basic skills in maths and English - pupils more confident and skilled in communicating - pupils more interested in European people and cultures - pupils more aware of the importance of good manners in social media - new democratical methods to plan and evaluate teaching including both teachers and pupils - fewer early drop-outs - better results in national tests in maths and English - publication about experiences and new teaching methods to be spread to other teachers and schools
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