2005-2006

 

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Project title: 

LE.DI.L.E.O   " Learning  from Distance,  Learning  from  Each Other "

 

 

Kindergarten  of  Kaparelli

 

Kindergarten of Porto de Mós


Duration: September/2005 to June/2006    

Short project description: Children will have the opportunity to learn from each other in a cross curriculum way. The Information and Communication Technologies will be used to search for information and to share and spread the achieved knowledge on various topics of their interest such as Visual Arts, Theatre, Music and Dance.

Language: English, Portuguese and Greek

Age: 4 to 6  years  old

Theme: Cross-Curriculum,   Cultural Heritage,  Environment.

Tools:

Audio conference

Forum

Video conference

Chat

MP3

Virtual learning environment (communities, virtual classes, ...)

e-mail

Other software (Powerpoint,video,pictures and drawings)

Web publishing

 

Aims:

  • To learn how to learn from each other;

  • To understand the potentialities of ICT;

  • To develop their skills on ICT;

  • To understand and acquire knowledge of their local and partner’s culture;

  • To bring ‘some’ of the European dimension to school and to the community;

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Work process: 

  • Brain-storming with children’s group  (choose and share how to do things and what to do);

  • Creating documents using different tools - Paint, Word, PowerPoint, and using different devices – cameras, video, audiocassettes, scanner, printer;

  • Exchanging information with the partner school trough the Internet using: e-mail, chat, and videoconferencing;

Planned Activities:

 During the first term (Sep –Oct – Nov)

·                 Present to your class: a photo with “my name is…”

·               A PowerPoint presentation for presenting the country, town and school

              (4/5 slides with    photos, maps and drawings)

·                  A Chat –day between pupils using the e-Twinning tools

·                   Videoconferences  between  teachers

·                   "Our school".. Describe an ordinary school – day (using photos, drawings, constructions )

·                    Make and send cards - Christmas, Autumn…

Completed  activities:

  • - We introduced  ourselves  through  a  Word file  with  all  our pupils  and teachers’  photos.

  • - We exchanged  a  CD  with  a  PPT  file  made  in  cooperation  with  our  pupils,  presenting  our  school,  the  around  area, some  local  music,  and some  examples  of  our  schoolwork  made by  the  kids.

  • - We  had 4  chat meetings  as  well as two Video-conferences,  one  with teachers  and  one  with pupils  using  the Yahoo Messenger and our  Twinspace.  

  • - We   regularly use  our Twinspace  calendar  entering  the  progress of  our project .

  • - As a result,  some  other  ideas  for activities  came  up from pupils  and teachers  and  we have  started  to  work  on them : 

    a./  A  Portuguese-Greek  Phrase booklet   with  some  words  and  short  expressions kids  suggested  and  had shown  interest  to  learn.  We  have  agreed   to  work  on  this topic  once  a  week. 

    b./ An  ARTseasons’  project :  4  various  art  contributions  by  each  school,  concerning  the  4 seasons  of  the exchange  year  will  be ready  at the  end  of  May 2006  and  we  will upload  them at  the project  website  and  on our  Twinspace. 

     c./ A regular exchange  of handicrafts pieces and other constructions  by  the  pupils.  

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Planned Activities:

During the second term (Dec –Jan -Feb)

·         ART at school…

1.       Choose a topic (Winter, Carnival….) and create a multi-material construction for  it.  This  will be  sent  by normal post to the other school.

2.      Choose a ‘Winter-tree” from  our/your  neighbourhood and take a picture of it…   name  it…   describe it… create a document and  we  will send  it  by  e-mail  to  the other  school. 

·          Create and exchange an audio tape or a video (in a CD) with some songs, rhymes, greetings in each mother language.

·         Send a traditional story (only words) to the other school that will illustrate it. Teachers will put both stories together, building a common story book.

·         Make cooperative drawings using the board of MSN – groups of 2 children from each country will share online the MSN board making a drawing together.

Completed  activities:

- We  have worked  on  the  Phrase booklet   more  often and  pupils  shown  their  interest  in  this  procedure.

- We  exchanged  songs  in  Greek and  Portuguese  and  pupils  have  successfully   sang  in  their  partners  language

- We  made  a  PPT file for  learning the  numbers 1-10 and   with recorded the matching words

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  • Planned Activities:

    During  the  third  term (Mar-Apr- May)

  •   Drama  at  school… 

  •  Draw pictures, take photos of local monuments and other interesting places and exchange  them. 

  •  Choose  a  theme  from  each  school’s  work  and   animate it (a  story  created by the  pupils  or  a  fairy    tale or  a  myth ..)  we will  videotape it  with a digital  camera,  store  it  in  a  CD  and  send  it  by  post  to the other  school. 

  • Take  a picture of  the  same  tree  - ‘Spring-tree’ now,  and  follow the  same  above  procedure.

  • Design stamps  for places from the other country, that have  seen  in  the photos we received.

    Completed  activities:

    - We  enriched  the  final  “Number’s game 1-10”  showing  the  number’s  plurality  with digital  drawings – words  and  sounds.

     - We  made  the  “Butterfly’s  colours”  …  another  game  concerning  some  colours  pupils  suggested . They  drew this  was  accompanied   with  sounds  recorded  in  both  languages.

    - We worked on the  Art-season  project  throughout  the year.  We  also added   short  texts   and  photos  explaining the   procedure  each  partner  has  followed for  making  the  final  4 - Art  contributions.  

    - Zoo:   Both  schools  made  visits  to the  Zoo,  so  we  decided  to  work  on this  topic  making  a  Book including  14  animals  we  liked.

    - With the  best  collaboration  Maria  Jose  has  uploaded  all  the  ‘materials’  both  schools  have  made  from the  beginning  of  this  e-Twinning  action  here:  http://jiportodemos.ccems.pt/ledileo/  

     

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The final outcome

A  website  presenting all  the  pupils  and teacher’s interactive educational  procedure will  follow  this  year.  Cds  with  pupils  video scoped activities  in their  school  life and a booklet  with  all  the pupils  activities  for the  parents. 

 Students production:

·     PowerPoint presentations

·     Cards  and stamps;

·     Sound and video storage media;

·    And  all  the  above   which  have  come  up spontaneously  by  pupils  and  teachers.

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Evaluation:

At  teacher’s  level:

 Both  teachers  developed  an  excellent  collaboration  with:

  • Regular  e-mail  contact

  • Sharing  common  thoughts  and  perspectives

  • Meeting the  deadlines  they  set

  • Completing  each  others  work  in the  best  way

  • Choosing  the  appropriate  work-rhythms   for  the  involved  classes

  • Enjoying  the  procedure  of the whole  project

 

At Pupils’  level:

  • Pupils  realized  similarities  and  differences  they  have  with  their  e-twinning  class.

  • The  made  first  contact  with  a  multi – selective  school  and  they  explored  ideas  around  identity,  culture  and  racism.  (in  both  schools  were  kids  from  Africa  and  Albania)

  • They  shared  common  experiences  creating  various  educational materials  (they  made  a  number’s  game,  a  colour’s  game,  a  book  about  the  Zoo)

  • They  got  an  interesting  reason  to  work  further  from their  daily  class,  more  flexibly  and  creatively .  At  the  same  time  all the  chosen  activities were  well  done  adapted  in  our  school  programme  and  aims.

  • Pupils  improved  their  skills  in  both  languages,  Greek –Portuguese,  learning  words ,  phrases,  songs.

  • They  enjoyed  learning  in  a  such a way.   

  

At  the  local  society:

  • The  parents  were  enthusiasm to  be  involved  in  this  project,  (we  held  school  fests  about this)  asking  for  more  involvement    and  help

  • The  realized  the  positive  outcome  and  impact  on their  kids

 

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Dissemination:

  • The  whole  work  is  uploaded  on  the  Internet

  • Both  teachers  participated  in  national  e-twinning  workshops  where  they  presented  the  concept  of  this  collaboration

  • Both  schools  made  a  brochure  concerning  the  e-twinning  for  a  wider  dissemination  in the  local  area  further  a field.

  

 

Follow Up:

The  Greek  teacher  visited  the  Portuguese  school  in  order  to  meet  in  person  teachers  and  pupils. 

A  new  plan  has  been  discussed  for  a  further  and  wider  collaboration  for  the  next  years.

 

Partner information:

Jardim de Infância de Porto de Mós, Porto de Mós,                            Kindergarten  of  Kaparelli,

Maria  José  Silva                                                                                   Anna  Karidi Pirounaki
 

Rua da Saudade                                                                                          Kaparelli 32200

2480-331 Porto de Mós -  PORTUGAL                                                          Thiva -GREECE

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