Project Summary, Aims, Process & Expected Results

  • Herit@ge Matters

    Summary

    This project aims to create strong cross cultural and intergroup relations among the partners. It is our belief that Education should develop an awareness of our common heritage and the importance of European values, while at the same time building up the confidence of students to speak up for themselves and speak out against injustice. We want to help create new citizens with a better understanding of basic values such as equity, respect, tolerance, diversity, among others. Our biggest duty as teachers is not only to teach our students literacy but help them to become better people. 

    Aims

    • Improve students’ knowledge of European values and cultural heritage
    • Stimulate creativity and self-confidence
    • Improve English (spoken and written)
    • Provide opportunities to develop group work (both with classmates and with foreign partners)
    • Encourage problem solving and critical thinking
    • Stimulate cultural and artistic expression
    • Encourage collaboration and “healthy comparison” among peers
    • Celebrate some important international dates related to the topics of our project
    • Improve collaboration and digital skills
    • Organise a public exhibition on a national hero
    • Participate in the German Competition: “Think – What is Europe Made of?”
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     Work process

    Nov. + Dec.: Partners introduce each other and show their school, region, etc. / students create a logo for the project (Tricider will be used for the voting) / celebration of the UDHR (Dec 10th) – starting a collaborative panel made of fabric (we will divide the 30 articles among the partner schools. Each school will have to duplicate their parts so that all schools will end up with a replica of the HR’s panel put together by all the partner countries) / students work in mixed-ability groups to create a European Values Advent Calendar using a tool called Tuerchen (it will be like a Wish list for the New Year, but associated with values. The little windows of the calendar will once again be divided among the partner countries).

     Jan. - Mar.: Beginning of our collaborative Magazine about Heroes using Madmagz (there should be at least one hero per country. The PT one should be Aristides de Sousa Mendes, as the public exhibition will be in his honour) / marking the Holocaust Memorial Day (Jan 27th) by exploring parts of Anne Frank’s Diary / celebrating WRAD (World Read Aloud Day) (Feb 1st) by reading different types of texts which can be related to European Values (Live Event among the partners) / Beginning of our collaborative Webpage using Adobe Sparks (this will happen at the same time as the magazine, but will involve different groups of students).

    Apr. - May.: Participating in the German Contest “Think – What is Europe Made of?” building a collaborative monument / Finishing the collaborative magazine and publishing it / finishing the webpage and sharing it / creating some Kahoots about topics or activities developed throughout the year to play with the partners; hanging the collaborative panel and having an end-of-year party! 

    Expected results

    A series of original collaborative products put together by the students in various ways, for example the 6 identical Human Rights Collaborative Panels (made of fabric), the collaborative online European Values Advent Calendar, the collaborative website and magazine, among others. Partners will decide on the best tool to compile all the work done throughout the project. Students will show their work to the community through the exhibition which will be displayed in a public facility and they will try to develop several dissemination actions at school, like going to other classes, arranging a meeting at the library, etc. We will also create a topical photo album on Pinterest specifically for all the videos, and other materials produced throughout the project.

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