viernes, 3 de febrero de 2017

DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT

GLOBAL SMILES
eTwinning Project
PROJECT DESCRIPTION
The idea in which this project is based is that of raising awareness among the students about their identity as part of a global community, before than their identity as citizens of a nation. This way, we expect the students to accept responsibility and discuss the big issues that concert humanity these days. We will work bearing in mind the main principles suggested by the by UNESCO in their Global Citizenship Education publication in 2014. In these is stated that education should give young people the ability to take on an active role in the society to face and solve global issues with the aim to achieve a more peaceful, tolerating, integrating and safe world. All the suggested activities that will be part of the project will aim to achieve this goal. The project will start in December, 2016 and it will continue until April, 2017. During this time, we want to lay down the basics for a wider project and aim to involve more members of the educational community in the future.
DURATION
The project will start in December, 2016 and it will continue until April, 2017. During this time, we want to lay down the basics for a wider project and aim to involve more members of the educational community in the future.
PARTNER DETAILS


  • COORDINATORS:


Nazareth Mansilla Moreno. Nottingham Girls Academy, Aspley Reino Unido
Francisca Gea Expósito. IESO Sierra la Mesta, Santa Amalia, Badajoz, España.


  • AGE OF STUDENTS: 14 to 16 years old.
  • SUBJECTS: Spanish as a Foreign Language and English as a Foreign Language.


KEY COMPETENCIES
  • Language communication
  • Social and civic skills
  • Cultural expression and cultural awareness
  • New Technologies
  • Critical thinking.
OBJECTIVES
  • Make possible the contact between students of different nationalities to develop their communication skills in a foreign language, orally and in written texts.
  • Exchange opinions and points of views regarding topics like environment, poverty, armed conflicts and other issues related to the Global Citizenship Education principles promoted by UNESCO.
  • Develop critical thinking among our students regarding the big issues affecting society nowadays in order to collaborate actively in the future to seek solutions to the aforementioned issues.
  • Use ICT to exchange information and create new common projects between the two countries.
  • Promote team work, problem solving and negotiation of solutions.
  • Develop among the pupils the ability to write collaboratively in a multicultural environment.
PROCESS


  • Shared elaboration of a logo for the project.
  • Presentation, orally and in written text, of the students.
  • Creation of a blog where the different activities and experiences will be shared.
  • Research project in which the students will look up information about the sociocultural and economic context of the country of the partner organisation.
  • Postcards for Peace. The students, in international groups of 4-6 will create postcards with their reflections about the conflicts that prevent peaceful coexistence among nations.


EXPECTED OUTCOMES
With this project, we expect that our students develop criticality about the world around them. We expect them to be able to participate actively and in collaboration with the partner in seeking solutions by respecting the diversity of opinions. All of this by promoting the use of the languages of the project: Spanish and English. We will work to achieve the following outcomes:
  • Blog on the internet with videos, photos, posters and written blog entries.
  • Creation of a magazine or final PDF of the project.


EVALUATION


We aim to evaluate the project continuously during the length of it, using the following tools:
  • Evaluate the amount and quality of the comments that the students from each international team post as answers to the entries of other students in the blog.
  • Gather feedback regularly after every activity to adapt the next one to the students’ needs.
  • Creation of surveys with http://www.stickymoose.com/  in order to do competitions and choose the best entry of the month.
  • Creation of surveys in https://www.surveymonkey.com/  to evaluate the experience of students and teachers before and after the project. With these surveys we want to analyse the impact of the project on the initial attitudes of the participants regarding the topics of global citizenship that we will explore in the project. The first survey can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/H7ZTPDK
  • In order to do a final evaluation of the project, a form will be created in Drive and students and teachers will be able to assess the experience.
  • Finally, we will use the following evaluation grid:



NOT ACHIEVED
PARTIALLY ACHIEVED
ACHIEVED
EXCEEDED
Students are able to communicate orally and in written tasks with some fluency and accuracy.




Students are able to exchange opinions and point of views regarding topics such as the environment, poverty, armed conflicts…




Students have been able to develop critical thinking regarding the big issues that global citizenship faces nowadays.




Students are able to use IT to exchange information and elaborate shared projects among both countries.




Students are able to work in teams, solve problems and negotiate solutions.




Students are able to write collaboratively in a multicultural environment.





Authors: Nazareth Mansilla and Francisca Gea

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