Posted by: Christina Soldan | October 24, 2009

Active Involvement

Lifelong Learning ProgrammeThis is a project into Lifelong Learning Programme Comenius, a School Partnerships SWEDENROMANIA.

The whole project idea comes from the students. Students from another school in Skellefteå who participated in a Comenius Project a couple of years ago will inform Anderstorpsskolan‘s students of their positive experiences from that project. They will show pictures and video clips, too.

When a couple of students from Anderstorpsskolan visit Technical College “Iuliu Maniu” in Simleu Silvaniei in autumn 2009, the students in the Swedish class will be involved in both the planning and the activities.

In September 2009, the students will initiate contacts with each other. Before the e-mails are writ-ten the students will decide what topics within the fields of science, with a focus on water, which could be interesting to write about.

The target group will represent students of the 11th grade whose ICT lessons will focus (as application to the lessons taught in the classroom) on the research activities, the setup of the blog and also on communication in English.

Before the visits to the two countries the students will prepare and present information about their city, their school/educational program and their culture as already mentioned in the Objectives of  The Partnership. The students will then organize some outdoor activities typical of the region and will be responsible for all the planning, preparations and carrying out of the event.

The cross-curricular approach will be achieved by integrating the activities of datasheet creation, the set-up of the blog and the editing of the essays in the English lessons.

Attending lessons during the two class exchanges, will be another activity integrated into the learning activities.

In order to involve the students as much as possible we have chosen to work with the topic water using previous case studies. The students will work in groups. Within the given framework of the case studies the students have to decide and discuss what parameters that are relevant. They look at water quality by analyzing for instance the oxygen level, the PH-value, insects and pollutants. They will compare their results with previous studies in the same region by looking at pollution and precipitation. The students are planning on using the European Comissions’ material for school work on environment, for exemple WISE (Water Information System for Europe). They will decide what parts of the material should be used.

Each group will examine the influence of water in the ecological system, explore differences and similarities between the water policy of the two countries and the importance in the ecological system. At the end of the project the students will present to each other their findings within the field that they are responsible for in cross groups and on the blog. The students will then decide what parts of the evaluation should be discussed and how this should be carried out.

By participating and finalising this project the students will extend their ways of thinking and analysing, in doing so they will approach a scientific way of working and thinking, in their own environment and in the European classroom, in accordance with the curriculum of the upper secondary school.

// Christina Soldan

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