1st Project Meeting in Italy February 2018

 MINUTES OF MEETINGS IN ITALY 18-23 FEBRUARY 2018

 MONDAY

  1. Ice- Breaking and familiarisation activities
  2. Review of arrangements for the week
  3. Visiting teachers’ lessons – where, when and how. Teachers to be in 8 different primary, Kindergarten and Middle schools. Lessons from 8am till 1pm. Teachers to refer to Children’s Rights and Erasmus in presentations. Over 600 pupils involved – excellent for dissemination purposes
  4. E-Twinning. Partners discussed how they had used e-Twinning in preceding months and helped each other out with problems. Spain have particular issues with internet in school and cannot easily hold video-conferences and such like. The process of accepting and inviting partners was gone through, and difference between Main Teacher Administrators and ordinary Teacher Administrators.
  5. TwinSpace – only teachers can see the Teacher Bulletin, but all pupils on E-Twinning have access to the Project Journal. In Private mode we should apply for the ET Quality Mark in June. Each partner must invite their own NA to look at the site and we must all describe what we have done on the site. The process of uploading from Padlet and Dropbox to Twinspace was discussed – as was the process of reducing the size of photos so that they can be uploaded. NB All Partners to create 3 files in Videos / Files / Images saying Italy Module 1; Greece Module 1 etc to make things easier to find.

TUESDAY

  1. Review and Feedback from Module 1, numbers involved and content of work. Italy – 500 pupils aged 4-13 involved. Teachers chose which Rights to focus on from Module 1 and produced work – largely in a digital way. Poland 500 students 10-12yrs involved. Romania – 220 pupils 5-6yrs and 17 teachers involved. Set up and MRMR corner and carried out a 5 week project – All About Me. Spain 350 students 6-12yrs and 15 teachers involved. 7 activities – reports on E-Twinning site. Greece – 250 pupils and 15 teachers involved (8% of school population) Variety of activities – all on E-Twinning site. UK – 165 pupils and 6 teachers involved. Each class/age group did a different task. problems with uploading to site but this will be done after trip.
  2. Article 29: Protecting the Environment - Environmental Awareness in Italian schools. Various approaches to teaching about the environment and sustainability through all subjects eg in Y7 pupils learn about organic waste; in Y9 pupils learn about hydro-electricity and visit the local hydro-electric plant. All schools recycle paper and plastic. Local competition held annually – creating pictures with bottle tops. Library competition every year re waste / recycling.  Italian UNICEF project – The Pigotta Project – Adopting a Doll and saving a life.
  3. The Pigotta Project – Partners provided with templates and dolls to take back to home schools and make their own dolls to raise money for Charity – Enterprise project. Schools to approach this any way they like. Material should be re-used for the doll’s clothes etc. Roberta to phone Italian UNICEF to see if templates can be provided for other countries.
  4. MODULE 2 Activities. Italian team circulated a sheet with suggested activities to be carried out in schools and provided examples of them. Discussion around possible activities

WEDNESDAY

ICT Workshop

  1. JIGSAW – presented by Aurura and Clarissa – programme to create jigsaws
  2. CANVAS – presented by Nives, Alessia, Elena, Michele and Marcello – programme to create posters
  3. TOONDOO – presented by Riccardo and Guido – programme to create cartoons
  4. QUIZLET – presented by Stefania and Paola – programme to learn information about new things eg languages
  5. POLISH PRESENTATION by Polish students using PREZI about what they have done in Module 1 and how they use imovie, glogster and prezi
  6. SPANISH PRESENTATION by Spanish students about what they have done in Module 1

Auberge Espagnole

  1. Students and teachers learnt about Italian food in food tasting workshop carried out by Italian parents, and about Italian traditional dance in workshops carried out be Italian teachers and parents

THURSDAY

Sport Games

  1. Article 29 – the right to develop your abilities. About 180 children and adults involved in organised sports wearing project colours. All students were presented with an MRMR T-shirt at the end of the morning, and presentations given to winning teams. Visiting teachers learnt new skills and games to carry out in home schools

Staff Meeting

  1. Discussion about what to include in M+E sheets and dissemination forms. Deadline for return of M+E and Dissemination sheets – Friday 2nd March
  2. Iza to be asked about processes for evaluating student and family experiences for those hosting children from other countries
  3. Pupils to be interviewed on last morning. KC to collate results.
  4. Attendance lists – there will be one per delegation – this is sufficient
  5. Partnership Agreements – to be signed at home school and scanned and returned to KC
  6. Spanish and Greeks to take children to Poland instead of England since UK school cannot find host families.
  7. Discussion about what to change re the trip as a result of learning from Italy: a) Students and teachers to be together as much as possible; b)visiting teachers to work with classes as in Italy – this was particularly successful; c) Rights to be referenced in programme and during activities; d) partners may adapt the title of their unit and the Rights involved if this will be beneficial to the project and true to its spirit
  8. Polish Trip 7-11 May 2018. Information shared about hotel and transfers. Partners requested to send information about pupils attending by 11th March. Only two families have requested boys so girls should be given preference.  Iza will send further information via e-mail.

FRIDAY

  1. Interviews with children about their feelings about hosting and being hosted – see separate sheet
  2. Certificates of Attendance distributed
  3. Evaluation – partners completed evaluation sheets
  4. All partners to send their best photos to Maria-Grazia so she can make a video of the week and upload it on the website.
  5. Italian team to survey the pupils on the impact of the lessons taught by the visiting teachers

 The Italian team were thanked for an excellent start to the main project. A great deal of hard work and dedication had been put into the organization, which was made more complicated by the number of schools involved in Italy.  Well done Maria Grazia and Roberta!!