The name of our project is ‘Phoenix’. It is a symbol of a lightened firebird rising from the ashes into a bright future. We chose it for our project because it fits to a huge amount of participating students whose past had been defined by failures and demotivation in school. With the help of ‘Phoenix’ we open new access and approaches to disadvantaged and highly efficient students by working together in international teams, using new media, gaining new strategies for learning, showing them new perspectives for life after school and raising their awareness about the fact of taking charge of their own future.
Our project will increase several competences, such as social competence by working with and learning from each other, media competence by discovering and trying out 21st century skills. Therefore they will seek to examine past and present trends concerning media and last but not least self competence by widening their horizons and gaining new knowledge.
“Phoenix” is based on close cooperation between six European schools. The target group includes teachers, students and their families and local communities. We intent to work with interested students aged 14-18 and some adult Greek students because the relevance of successfully passing exams and questions related to job perspectives is pretty high. For short term student exchanges we want to travel with three students and two teachers from each participating school.
In seminars we want to deal with relevant topics, such as “Detecting problems and difficulties of socialization of students at drop out risk ”, “Possibilities of motivating students”, “How to enhance students’ motivation to learn”, “Bilingual lessons” and “Experience and good practices on how to improve the atmosphere in the class”, “Technology enhanced teaching”, “Most innovative online tools to create digital contents, such as Calibre for e-books, padlet for learning diaries…’. In associated cooperative workshops we want to discuss and work on questions about possible certificates and jobchances, dream job, what to know about life after school, sustainability, raise civil awareness, most sustainable learning methods and their impact on reducing early school leaving, impacts of communication and cultural products, manifold usage of new media in lessons, challenges and importance of language assessment, different cultures and different traditions (fests, religions, meals…).
The products will be:
– short movies of participating schools in different languages (German, English, French, Italian, Greek and Spanish)
– surveys on effectiveness of approaching different ‘new’ learning methods
-e-book with a logical structure to all activities carried out over the two years. The handbook will be divided into the following chapters:
- Effective engagement at school: how to put it into practice?
- Career support for students with learning difficulties and advanced learners
- Effective sustainable business: study cases and successful examples
- Evaluation solutions: a final table for evaluating the level of sustainability practiced in every participating school
Concrete project objectives are studying and understanding European cultural and linguistic diversity, encouraging communication and cooperation between students from different European countries, helping to create positive attitudes towards learning among students and to new and collaborative teaching approaches among teachers, integrating project activities into the regular activities of the school, encouraging students to learn foreign languages, helping students to improve their ICT skills.
Our project makes participants to gain consciousness about their belonging to a wider Europe where many differences and similarities coexist. They develop understandings to contribute to, and benefit from, reconciliation between indigenous and non- indigenous EU’s identity and cultural diversity which overlaps with the other learning emphasis in global education.