AFTER SUCCESSFULL COLLABORATION WE ARE
HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE THAT
OUR PROJECT WILL BE CONTINUED:
"e-cultural kaleiidoscope 2.0"
The kaleidoscope is a toy through which one can look through to view beautiful, multicolored, shifting images and patterns.So in our project called e-cultural Kaleidoscope we present culture of Europe and beyond Europe as beautiful, changing and interconnected. Looking through the kaleidoscope usual things become extraordinary, so we will look at our cultures through the eye of kaleidoscope to see Europe's changing colous, sights and impressions. We will also bring countries and cultures together. The kaleidoscope is a symbolic way we can imagine all colourful bids locked inside one tube and create most amazing pictures when mixed together.
Greek team got the National award.
We did it!!! National award for the Greek team and in our Fantastic project "e cultural kaleidoscope
Thank you all, Renata ,Ruyman Wilma,Kemal,Katarina,Aurelia, Julie for your help.The ceremony will take place in 20 December 2013 in Athens.
On 20 December , in Athens it was awarded national prizes for e twinning projects."e cultural kaleidoscope" ,our project, took the Greek national award.
AFTER A GREAT SUCCESS OF OUR PROJECT, WE DECIDED TO
START A NEW EDITION OF E-CULTURAL KALEIDOSCOPE 2.0 AND
CONTINUE EXPLORING OF EUROPEAN CULTURES ( AND NOT
ONLY) AND PROMOTE INTERCULTURAL UNDERSTANDING.
Slovak team as a part of our project evaluaten gave some information and interview to media:
Our administartor, Mgr. K. Kočišová gave an interview about working on eTwinning projects in our school to national radio broadcasting RTVS. It was on air on 31st May 2013 at 11:40am - for about 5 minutes.You can find it in archive at:
With our headmaster Ing. Gubka and the reporter from the region newspaper KORZAR Mgr. Šimoňáková.
The article releasing soon!
EVALUATION BY SPANISH TEAM
Spanish school was the initiator of the project. The project was planned together with co-founder and all participants.Introducings schools and creating logo was the first task. Then all planned activities were copmpleted one by one. Students visited the TwinSpace during the lessons or they logged in from home. They published posts, gave comments, prepared quizzes for each other, shared information concerning school’s news, traditions, folklore, etc. To link traditions and modernity students created an international list of current music hits, a list of their favourite food and they celebrated the International Dance Day - the activity was coordinated by the Spanish team, who prepared the instructions and the final video. Painting a mural is another interesting task. Spanish students exchanged cards and letters with students from other countries. Spanish team informed the whole school community about the progress of the project by providing the information on the schools webpage as well as the class blog.
e-cultural kaleidoscope is our first etwinning project and it allowed us to fully use all available at our school equipment not only for searching and presenting material, but also for the collaboration with other schools, for communication, sharing ideas and opinions – we used laptop computers, smart board, scanner, camera, video camera, and more. Working with peers from the partner school helps pupils to develop a variety of skills. Students searched for information from various sources and used various tools in order to prepare and present their work - Glogster, Prezi, PictureTrail, etc. They created educational quizzes for each other, published messages and commented on other students posts.
For the first time they had a unique opportunity to chat with friends from different European countries using English language for communication.
The project that presents beauty and diversity of European cultures can easily be introduced in every school in Spain or in Europe. The richness of folk dances, songs, cuisine, art, enables to continue the project for a long time. New groups, new schools, new countries would present their own unique way of completing the same tasks. The term ”culture” is very wide and goes beyond the the three topic we have chosen, so the project could be further developed and it could concentrate on new aspects of culture. Knowledge concerning culture and national heritage are being passed on from generation to generation. All students learn about the countries and cultures of Europe and even of the world, and each year new groups start their education, they broaden their horizons, develop curiosity, prepare for life in contemporary world.
In our project we managed to combine tradition with modernity.
The project's theme perfectly correlated with the curriculum. School introduces students to the world of knowledge, caring for their harmonious development, to enable them efficient and responsible functioning in the modern world. The school program includes content related to the development of pupils' ICT use, and the use of foreign languages, the ability to communicate with other people. The project content fits perfectly n the field of visual arts as well as music. A student in contact with the works of culture develops students’ sensitivity, aesthetic taste, a sense of their own identity and patriotic attitude, proper attitudes towards the world, and therefore the formation of a sense of their own identity and value, tolerance and openness to other cultures, which is all integrated to school’s curicculum.
Ruyman Rodrigues Mederos
Project "e-cultural kaleidoscope" joined together partners from different European countries. In this project students learned together about the value, beauty and richness of the kaleidoscope of cultures in Europe. They they learnt that all Europeans are bound together and "united in diversity". The project aims to familiarize students with different cultures and traditions around Europe - customs, festivals, famous places, landmarks, folklore, music, art and food. The kaleidoscope is a symbolic way we can imagine all colourful bids locked inside one tube and create most amazing pictures when mixed together. In contemporary world intercultural competence is very important and our project teaches the ability of successful communication with people of different cultures. The team of enthusiastic students and teachers has been working very hard to contribute to the project. The satisfaction of the collaboration is great and the participants are in high spirits.The idea of using kaleidoscope as a phenomenonsymbolizing the beauty and richness of European cultures was very sucessful and appealed to students imagination. Our project provides a great opportunity for teachers to incorporate the teaching of culture into their foreign language classrooms and go beyond syntax and lexicon. It helps our students to see the similarities and differences in the life of various cultural groups: European, but also Creole cuisine and music from Caribbean Islands - our French partner, and Canary Island - Tenerife - our Spanish partner - a real kaleidoscope of cultures, world cultures that influence each other,. The project teaches them to accept and respect of these groups.We concentrated on three main aspects of culture in this project which are folklore, art ,music and food, but we did not only presented the information in a form of presentations or articles about traditions, folklore or customs that we published in the Twispace, but most of all we focuses on the behavioral patterns or lifestyles of the peers in our partner schools. We were learning of what they eat, what music they listen to what are their attitudes, what festivals they celebrate and in what way. So we provide our students not only with a list of facts and list of lexical items, but we also provided them with a view of what life is really like in other countries. It is far more interesting to learn all about it from e-friends, then just lessons , books or TV. E-cultural kaleidoscope project environment draws students attention and interest, so they get involved in the process of learning in an active way. Passive learning about foreign cultures does not bring such effects. Students need to see and feel their foreign friends to get the internal drive of learning. Collaboration increased learners' motivation, creativity and confidence. They had possibility others to explore a variety of information sources and ICT tools and also to practice all linguistic skills. Cross-curricular themes integrated language skills with a variety of content areas, such as geography, art, music,Cultural corners in the classroom full of pictures, maps, postcards send by our real friends from partner schools help students to develop a mental image in their mind. Our project has been integrated into the school curriculum. It has involved many school subjects. This includes native languages to discuss ideas of what should be presented in the twinspace regarding folklore, music, art and food; geography to research information about students' own countries and partner countries (traditions, landmarks, culture, curiosities etc), art to draw the project's logos and scenes of the story, music - to present songs and dances, craft - to prepare a real kaleidoskope and science to understand how it works, English and ICTto communicate and present materials in the Twinspace.. . Students had an opportunity to present their work for international audiences, which gave them a lot of satisfaction. Through continuous collaboration, teachers have shared ideas, and pupils have collaborated. Students exchanged cards and letters, wrote comments in the pupils' corner and the blog, voted for the project logos, and prepared materials for publication. Each team prepared questions and quizzes, collaborative posters and presentations. Students used chat as well. We are planning to paint a common, collaborative mural, and the picture will present symbols of all participating countries and elements of their culture. There was a special project corner in each school - culture corner. Students prepared a survey on their favourite food, their favourite songs. The project has been very successful. Evaluations showed that the project has been very fruitful. Teachers have written essays on the topic of culture, traditions and customs in European countries for the Symposium in Bucharest included in the calendar of Ministry of National Education in Romania and the articles will be published in a book issued in Romania. Each time some team introduced a new tool, it inspired others to use it.: glogster, prezi, picturetrail etc. We created a few documents that were used in collaborative way - all teams could edit them. Online meetings, using the Twinspace as a social network, using chats or videoconferences ( stll to come ) gives the student the feeling of belonging to a larger community of people who come from different cultures. it has involved the use of technology to create the logos, to vote for the best logo of each country, to prepare the PPTs, glogster posters, Prezi presentations and more, to get in touch through the pupils' corner, to upload documents, write posts and to make comments on the blog. It has given a new input to the study of traditional school subjects and has been a strong motivation to increase English fluency and ITC skills. Collaboration between participating schools involved using a wide range of ICT tools. Pupils searched for information about their own country on the Internet, using browsers to find pictures and information. Online maps, including Google Earth, were used to find out where their partners came from. Students drawings drawings were scanned, digital photographs were taken, videos were created and edited using Movie Maker. Some pupils used software to translate their sentences into English. To prepare documents, pupils used MS Word, Paint, Tux Paint, PowerPoint, Slide, and Photo shop. The materials were published in TwinSpace and shared with partner schools. Staff and students communicated by email, and via Twinspace. Students communicated via Twinspace: they used blogs, chats, forum, they created posts and commented on each othes messages, published photos, talked about their hobbies, interests, etc. practicing their English skills, using useful, everyday expressions. Apart from this informal learning they prepared many posters, texts articles in English to present them to partner schools. Students also tried the traditional way off communicating saending each other letters or postcards by mail.The project has been very successful for all the schools involved. The partner schools are going to sum up what they have learnt from the project, evaluate it and create a mural in each school presenting the most important elements of all countries and cultures. They are in the process of researching, communicating, preparing, planning the murals which will be artistic version presenting the kaleidoscope of European cultures. This will indeed develop all students' geographical and research skills in addition to their native language, speaking and listening, English, art, and technology. This project could easily be implemented into another school and/or extended throughout each partner school. Having in mind that the kaleidoscope of cultures is so rich, the project can be extended and students can explore more cultures, cultures of the world, looking for differences and similarities, looking for elements that were adopted from those far away lands. That's the way cultures constantly develop and change. It is most visible when analysing cuisine of different countries. Culture is dynamic and new patterns of behavior is invented, or an existing ones are modified. Students can further discuss the topic of multiculturalism - a policy that immigrants and groups of people should preserve their cultures with the different cultures interacting peacefully within one nation. development of technologies can cause changes as well. Cultures can be affected via contacts between societies, cultural ideas may transfer through diffusion or acculturation.Our project became an effective medium for motivating students, and making them active in developing their own learning process. It has enriched the educational experience of students and teachers providing the various ways that equip learners with information, knowledge, and stimulation through introducing cross-curricular teaching. Students developed their creativity, imagination, as well as all linguistic skills. They used various ICT tools that enabled them to communicate with each other . Online meetings, using the Twinspace as a social network, using chats or videoconferences ( stll to come ) gives the student the feeling of belonging to a larger community of people who come from different cultures, citizens of Europe, citizens of the world.. They are interested to hear their names that often sound so differently, see the food that they eat, hear the kind of music that they listen to. Sometimes they are surprised by the differences, but other times they are surprised that living so far away from each other they still listen to the same songs. They are curious about hearing their friends language and basic words, they check if they sound similar or different from their own. All of these leads to cross cultural understanding. Europe is a mosaic of multiple cultures, not just those that are part of the old continent, but others from other countries that have influenced the culture of them. It is also a fact that the world's cultures influence each other. Culture is a broad concept, however, in our project, we focus it on three main themes: music, art and cuisine of different countries. Europe has a wide and varied range of materials incorporated by tradition, but also enriched with elements "imported" from other continents. The objective of the "e-cultural Kaleidoscope" project is to familiarize students with the richness of European cultures and to improve mutual understanding between students from different ethnic, while improving their communication skills in foreign language and the use of ICT as a means of communication and expression. Collaboration and common cultural encounters will expand the horizons of students and the cross-curricular nature of the project will help develop basic skills. Sudents larnt about other cultures they also tried to prepare some dishes proposed by other teams, tried to speak other languages, or celebrated some festivals in a way that students in other countries do it, just to know how it is.
Why did we choose this name for our project?
Each country of Europe has it's own culture, however cultures influence one another, and changes within one culture continualy take place.When different cultures come into contact, they exchange conceps and we can speak about cultural transfer.
The kaleidoscope is a toy through which one can look through to view beautiful, multicolored, shifting images and patterns.So in our project called e-cultural Kaleidoscope we present culture of Europe and beyond Europe as beautiful, changing and interconnected. Looking through the kaleidoscope usual things become extRaordinary, so we will look at our cultures through the eye of kaleidoscope to see Europe's changing colous, sights and impressions. We will also bring countries and cultures together.
Workloads imposed by PROJECT we began to realize one by one at different times of the lessons of English, technology, music, arts. Students were very excited to work on this project now that they are the ones who come up with ideas about what could be done for this project. What they most like is to learn to speak the language of the partner countries. They say a simple "thank you" in about 7 languages, sang in English and Spanish, wrote cards to their colleagues in other countries. This project has a great team, very active and very dedicated to our activities. I have worked at every stage of the project both in the choice of the type of activity (design phase) and during its development. I can say that I learned many new things from my colleagues in other countries: making presentations using software other than those known, some postcards that we received I did with my students because they liked so much, video presentations were also sources of inspiration for other presentations in my school etc. The most important thing to a project is the team, and we have a super team. The project required a lot of work and software tools to do their best Presentation uploaded TwinSpace interface. Most creative tools are those of Presentation made online (Interactive Arts & Media, slideshows), Movie Maker, PowerPoint. Using applications offered by TwinSpace (blog, forum, wiki) we each experienced different types of instruments and software to make it more attractive to students all posts by this project. Being designed as a kaleidoscope, the project still has many issues to deal with. It is so attractive that I presented at a regional seminar where it attracted the attention of many other colleagues from schools in Bucharest. The theme of this project was proposed by my school board to be the subject of a new Multilateral Comenius project for the next two years. For me this project has meant the opportunity to meet other colleagues from many countries and exchange of experience in school and extracurricular activities. For students meant their involvement in an international project via the Internet. With internet connection in the classroom and a Smart board, they could see and know their work and other colleagues work from other countries. They feel proud to be known abroad and are excited about their work.
Pedagogical innovation lies in the using of modern, creative forms and methods of teaching, using of ICT as well as cross-curricular teaching. In terms of students the greatest contribution of the project is, that working on it made all of its participants have a sense of direct "contact with Europe", made them knowing each other, their schools, cities, countries, customs - folklore, eating habits, music, art, mentality, culture. We all had the opportunity to admire our creativity and familiarity with ICT which brought all participants together, helped them to compare the differences between them as well as learn them to respect those differences. Finally, it is also good that they learnt to use ICT meaningfully, not only as an entertainment, but also for learning and cooperation. In addition to getting better and improve working with ICT, the cultural and social dimension of eTwinning project was also very important for teachers as well as for pupils. For us and our school colleagues – collaborators, working on the project gave us the opportunity to use the knowledges gained from the study of ICT as well as to verify and improve them in particular work in the learning process. It also gave us the possibility of mutual cooperation and cross-curricular use in practice. It gave us a real opportunity and real "reason" for developing our mutual cooperation. For schools it is also a new experience, the opportunity to become more visible not only within the city, region, country but also in the EU - to demonstrate creativity and skills of children and teachers in Europe. eTwinning project e-Cultural kaleidoscope also make students and teachers feel that they are comparable to the others in Europe.
E-cultural kaleidoscope project allowed us to deliver the school curriculum in an innovative way of teaching the required modules through an eTwinning project. Cross curricular approach enhanced creativity and pupil motivation. The project activities made the curriculum more exciting and relevant, motivating children,especially those who are hard to engage. The topic provided a practical and lively context for learning,making it fun and rewarding. Through the project activities,children have started recognizing different cultures,way of life and languages. We use TASC approach(Thinking Actively in a Social Approach) with focus on active pupils involvement from the planning stage. Pupils start the project thinking about how to present themselves,their school environment and the staff and after they try to explain their way of life : special events, foods, songs,musics and dances . After each activity, pupils revisits their ideas ,noting their progress and taking full ownership of their knowledge and learning. After reading the planning of the activities, we analyse the curriculum of our school,picking the ideas that apply to the topic of Cultures and customs. Then, all year long we’ll do the previous activities using the children ideas.To ensure the success of our project and meet the needs of each school ,we carefully planned integration of all activities into the regular school curriculum ensuring the maximum number of pupils involved in the eTwinning project.First, the collaboration between partners started to plan and discuss about the activities and now it extends to pupils: they help each other to learn songs, to dance, to make videos, to write in English and learn from each other about differences and similarities in the world. Learn to understand them, accept them. Students and teachers decided together hwat materials should be prepared and published.The creative way of setting our Twinspace in the desired format provides more clarity for parents,visitors and the eTwinning administration. The short descriptions of all activities help to navigate our Twinspace. As the project progresses,we are discovering more new tools to use for collaboration between partners.All partnership activities are integrated into regular School Curriculum ensuring the whole class involvement in the project. E-cultural kaleidoscope project can be easily adapted by any European school as it is based on ideas drawn directly from the National Curriculums of many European Countries. It’s a good topic for a future partnership Comenius.It’s Changing children’s attitude towards their customs,habits,culture is the most outstanding result of the project.Through the project activities,children will start recognizing different languages,cultures ,eating habits,music, dance... As a school, we benefit from improving pupil’s motivation for learning.The project activities make the curriculum more exciting and relevant to the children.
LET'S SUM UP
WHAT DID WE LEARN ABOUT MUSIC IN THIS PROJECT
POSTER BY NATALIE, SP 32 BIELSKO-BIAŁA, POLAND