DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT
The European program Horizon 2020 defined six great challenges:
- Health and demographic change
- Food security and sustainable agriculture
- Clean and efficient energy
- Green transport
- Climate change and resource efficiency
- Inclusive and innovative societies
But it was not enough for us.
We are convinced that there are other great problems that are emerging that make uncertain the future, less rich perspectives, rare opportunities for young people:
- the deep economic crisis that affects families but also leads to heavy cuts in services
- rising unemployment,
- migrations that make societies less open and more suspicious
- rapid technological changes that make full citizenship uncertain
But education has a primary task.
It is therefore necessary to find new ways to make education richer, more innovative, more smart, to give more opportunities to young people for social progress and a richer cultural baggage to deal with the changes.
Our traditional educational systems failed.
In many European countries we have low results in basic and transversal skills and an intolerable early school leaving rate.
In many curricula some important skills as entrepreneurship are not included.
The improvements of fluency in a foreign language (English particularly) are requested by the Clil environment.
We have put together four pillars (Ict, Non-formal learning, Creativity and Research) and a direction (Entrepreneurship) with these motivations.
Each of these elements has advantages in the educational practice but also severe limits.
We know the great advantages of the use of ICT in the classroom, i.e.:
- More focused teaching, tailored to students' strengths and weaknesses,
- Gains in understanding and analytical skills.
- Encouragement of independent and active learning, and self-responsibility for learning.
- Flexibility of 'anytime, anywhere' access
- Increasing self-confidence and self-esteem
- Student-centred lessons
- Full availability of educational multimedia resources
- Dedicated teaching through individual communication
- More efficiency
- Fewer costs than with traditional education.
- Educational activities in larger areas.
- Beneficial motivational influence.
Also for teachers:
- ICT facilitates sharing of resources, expertise and advice
- Greater flexibility, confidence and enthusiasm.
- Easier planning and preparation of lessons and designing materials
- Access to up-to-date pupil and school data.
- Enhancement of professional image.
But we know also some Disadvantages, like:
- teacher's attitude: not always are they willing to use ICT
- computers are expensive, and maintenance even more: ICT costs are the biggest budget item in most schools.
- superficial and inaccurate understanding of the content.
- difficulties in surfing
- websites not always reliable or acceptable
- students are more likely to isolate themselves
- reduced desire of the students to learn.
- some students have difficulties in using ICT
- teachers spend more time in the preparation of the materials.
- teachers think using ICT in the classroom leads to fewer results than the traditional lecture class.
And we could continue with the analysis of pros and cons of creativity, non-formal learning and research.
For example a large use of creativity might lead to superficiality, while a deep, well set research doesn't often evaluate the unusual. Non-formal learning is motivating and enjoyable but it takes time and has uncertain results, on the contrary the curriculum is focused on specific skills.
That is why we have written this project to see if we can join accuracy and creativity, reliable science and leadership, coding and volunteering.
Because we are convinced that either you use these combinations or you will lose.
- Researching and experimenting innovative techniques
- Developing skills for the changing the world
- Supporting ICT-based teaching
- Improving sense of entrepreneurship
- Introducing more non-formal activities
- Placing the student at the centre of learning process
- Creating a cooperative teaching environment
- Fostering inter and multi â disciplinary approaches
- Promoting access to OERs
- Motivating teachers and students
- Enhancing European cooperation
- Stimulating students and teachers to cooperate at different levels
Students of secondary schools, ready to go to University or to work in a few years. And their teachers, the school and the communities.
Every country has different laws, traditions, ways of teaching and living but we need to share, change and this is easier at a multinational level, especially with countries and schools with some aspects in common and many other so different.
For these reasons we are a team of school with different background and history, using traditional and innovative approaches.