The 2 Erasmus + corner have been alive during the 2 years of the project. They have been changing, adding pictures and media (videos, presentations…) that could allow all families, teachers, students and visitors to know the project and our activities:
At the beginning of the project, all the teachers of the centers were presented with the main activities, lines of work and objectives that they would have. Motivating teachers to collaborate and get involved in the project was the main idea of this initial dissemination.
We can say that this dissemination was a success because more than 35 teachers from Spain and Turkey have collaborated and participated in the different activities both locally and internationally.
To this end, several explanatory and motivational videos were prepared.
(English and Spanish version. This video was at the entrance of the school for 6 months.)
After each mobility, a video or presentation was prepared that allowed the rest of the teachers of the school to know the activities, workshops and experiences lived through the Erasmus +. In this way the project spread and the other teachers were encouraged to participate in it.
Some examples of videos are:
At the end of the project, a presentation to disseminate the results of our project was shared with all the Spanish teachers:
We announced our project logo Competition and gave the students 15 days to think about the theme of the project and create their logos. Here are some of the the logos we received from the students :
The second recognition, also thanks to our Etwinning space, was the European Quality Label (with the corresponding two nationals labels), which was granted to us after finishing our first year of project.
This, along with the prize received by the government of Turkey, have been a wonderful way to make an impact and reach more teachers and schools, allowing and encouraging that more and more teachers could introduce active methodologies and could change the education.
On July 4, 2017, Alvaro Guerrero and I were fortunate enough to be able to share our knowledge of Web 2.0 tools for the second time with the professors of our center.
It was an excellent opportunity to transfer and continue to disseminate everything learned in the Erasmus + Project to the entire center and to make the impact as high as possible. From the next course will not only be used cooperative, multiple intelligences or Web 2.0 in class, but also will begin to implement the use of digital games in the classroom as a means of acquiring, deepening and reviewing the contents.
Since it was the “second installment” of this course, we wanted to show our classmates some of the most interesting and useful applications and platforms that can be found today to improve students’ skills, knowledge and interest.
The presentation was done with the tool ZOHO, which is very useful and avoids many of the problems that we find when we want to share a PowerPoint or explain it on a computer that is not ours (changes the format, everything is disordered .. it sounds?)
You can access the presentation in this link: LINK TO COURSE
The course-workshop started with a practice with Plickers, a tool that allows teachers to conduct surveys, questions, follow-ups and exams quickly and easily. With just a few cards and a tablet or mobile the teacher can, for example, after a class, get an idea of what points or concepts have not been well understood by the students, or can also ask the whole class the results of Your exercises to see who have not been able to solve it. The possibilities are many, and the effort, very little.
We used it in the course to evaluate the use and progress of the use of Web 2.0 tools between the faculty and all were very surprised.
Then we remembered some of the keys to use Web 2.0 in the classroom: What competencies can we foster with them, how to work with students, how to evaluate the work and the process carried out … this was the only theoretical part of the workshop and although it can not be considered the most fun, it is necessary to always be aware of the meaning of what we do.
The practical part was resumed with a Symbaloo created for the occasion in which the teachers could find the tools introduced in the course of last summer and the innovations of this course.
From there, each teacher was able to create his own Symbaloo of Web 2.0 tools, opting for those that best fit his courses and subjects.
The panel (Webmix) is structured in several parts. All the top are tools for primary, the lower, tools for ESO and Bachillerato (some appear on both sides) and all cells in pink are links to games and educational game platforms as well as resources to start using Learning Based on Digital Games in our classes. The grouping of the left are games for primary, and those of the right, for secondary and baccalaureate.
After explaining the power and strength that these digital games can have in student learning, the classmates had some time to test those games and platforms and evaluate if they would use any in their classes of the next course.
After this practical time, the penultimate of the selected tools, Symbaloo Lesson Plan, was explained, one of the most suggestive options if we want to do Flipped Classroom or if we want to prepare review sessions for our guys. They were shown an example and a very enlightening video of the platform itself and they were taught how to edit and add content as well as how to share and track students.
After that, the most wanted part arrived by the teachers, to start to trastear, and to create their own Webmixes of Symbaloo as well as some resources and materials for the next course with Plickers, Padlet, Tackk, Zoho or Symbaloo Lesson Plan (to mention some of The most chosen when creating materials, activities and class sessions among the participating teachers).
And when they least expected it … came the surprise! One last application that fell in love with everyone present, Google Expeditions. With this App and a few virtual reality glasses (costing 3 euros) teachers could make educational expeditions to, for example, the interior of the human body, World War II, the main works of the Baroque or the history of the human evolution.
This application comes prepared with information so that the teacher can take the students to different points of interest and can explain each element, it even brings explanations about each stop !!
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 +!!!
The project and the advances and results that thanks to it have been produced in teachers, students and centers have been disseminated in several websites.
Firstly, on the websites of the partner centers themselves:
In addition to the institutional websites we have disseminated the project on the ECO Erasmus + subproject website: Go to ECO Erasmus + Section!
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).