Another recognition of the work carried out in the Erasmus + Project came from the Junta de Extremadura.
The ECO sub-project, thanks to which students become experts in cultural diffusion, was considered an example of Good Practices in the use of ICT in the classroom.
Recall that ECO is one of the main ways we have to be able to bring to the classroom in a unified way all the active methodologies that were being learned.
What began as a search for an open and flexible education based on cooperative learning for the 21st century turned out to be the most appropriate way of working on project learning, problem solving, digital literacy and the use of Web 2.0, multiple intelligences and much more.
This recognition led us to give a lecture at the Connected and Secure Conference of the Junta de Extremadura, an event in which more than 500 teachers from all over Extremadura participated, to which we were able to explain the strength of these methodologies that, thanks to the ECO project of our Erasmus +, can be developed and applied in a unified way.
Although there are several references to Erasmus +, the first, which explains that Erasmus + is the framework project, appears in the 10th minute.
During the Open Days of 2016 and 2017 of the Marist School Our Lady of the Carmen there was a space dedicated to the Erasmus + Project.
In it, our students explained to the visiting families what the project consisted of and how the new methodologies were changing the way in which they were learning.
They put several examples of games, Web 2.0 tools and activities with multiple Intelligences and cooperatives that the same course was carried out in their subjects and explained the impact that the Erasmus + project was having on the classrooms and in their lives.
A fundamental part of the dissemination of the project has been carried out with the educational and political institutions of both countries.
Although it is difficult to be received or heard by the main authorities, we have tried to communicate with them and on some occasions we have been attended and received.
In particular, the diffusion carried out in each country has been the following:
– We organized a dinner with the parents of the students to which (incredibly) the secretary of the Minister of Education of Turkey and the Councilor of Education of the Rize Province, as well as the Rector of the University of Rize, came as guests of honor.
– We reanimated a guided tour by the Rector to the University of Rize, who invited our students to snack and bowling.
– A report of this visit was issued by the University’s television channel.
Unfortunately we have not been able to get a copy of the report.
– The Minister of Education visited the school during the days we were there so he met with us to tell us what the project consisted of and what we were doing. A report of this visit was published on the website of the Turkish Ministry of Education.
– We visited the Mayor of Badajoz, Francisco Javier Fragoso, who welcomed us and spoke with us and talked with our students.
-We invited the Extremadura authorities (Inspectors of Education, Secretary of Education and Culture Counselor) to the workshops and activities but their tight schedules prevented them from coming.
– We were part of the InsideWorld workshop at the University of Extremadura, in particular in the Faculty of Engineering, where several teachers were talking with our students and even did workshops with them.
The first award we have had came from Turkey, the Turkish Ministry of Education granted us for being one of the best Etwinning project carried out with a Turkish School.
The name of the prize is “EBA FATIH Etwinning”
It is a prize awarded to the top 10 projects of the country, and we, without having finished the project (it arrived on September 2016), have already received it!
One of the schools coordinating Erasmus + projects (Colegio Manuel Pacheco, Badajoz) thought that it would be a good idea to hold an Erasmus projects fair in the CPR in Badajoz.
We invited 6 centers and 3 of them participated in the organization of the day.
Our center collaborated in attending the meetings and helping to organize the event to the coordinator, as well as realizing the map of the stands.
During the day, we were able to present our project and share with our attendees our objectives, workshops and results.
In addition, we were visited at the stand by many people who wanted to know more about the project.
We even had the visit of Andrés Ajo Lázaro, Director of the School and Adult Unit. (SEPIE).
It was an excellent opportunity to spread our Erasmus +!!!
Finally, we can also find links and mentions to the project on the website of the teacher Lourdes Cardenal (such a web is a result of the Erasmus + Project In Search of a Unified Theory of the New Methodologies for the 21st Century).