ABOUT OUR SCHOOLS

GERMANY

Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz comprehensive school is located in the North of Duisburg. Duisburg is quite a big city in North-Rhine-Westfalia, 20km away from Düsseldorf. Duisburg has about 500.000 inhabitants and consists of seven boroughs. Two important rivers run through Duisburg: the Rhine and Ruhr.
Our school is a secondary school of about 1400 students and 140 teachers and is divided into three departments. At our comprehensive school students can reach all kinds of degrees.
Our school is experienced in various fields, such as
– „MINT“ (certificate for special education in Mathematics, Computer Science, Natural Science and Technical Studies)
– „Schule der Zukunft“ (certificate for education and environmental protection)
– teaching refugee classes for more than 10 years
– extracurricular activities: clubs and project weeks (gardening, dancing, crafting, bouldering, football, tennis, table tennis, drama and many more)
Our students and school staff is a melting pot of various nationalities, religions and social backgrounds.
Erasmus+ is part of our extracurricular activities and students can choose to take two extra lessons that are peached in English in their 9th and 10th grade. Those students will take part in the project. Their age is between 13-16.

SPAIN

The school Nuestra Señora de Lourdes is a cooperative institution of education located in Coin, in the South of Spain Our school has all the educative phases, from nursery, pre-primary, primary, secondary and bachillerato levels. We have around 800 students . We also integrate non-formal education and activites to promote the personal growth of our students and their improvement in key competences for their future. We have the necessary facilities in our centre such a school sports centre, modern and ITC adapted classrooms, etc.. We offer extra activities for students and or parents such as English specialized school and a music school We also have an integration class, speech therapist, physiotherapy, special education teacher, psychologist and rest of the educative staff specialist in each subject. Our school has been working for more than 40 years with staff specially focused on improving the communication between students, teachers and families. Furthermore, our school is integrated in our region working together with the Rural Development Group for the promotion of youth projects in the field of Eramus+ We are currently under a KA1 Erasmus+ programme for the training of educative staff and teachers. We also promote the international work with other schools in Europe, organizing school exchanges with France and UK every year. Our students use technology in the classroom: interactive whiteboards and tablets or smartphones for different activities. The staff working in our organization is highly motivated and with wide experience in the development and participation in projects multicultural environments in the field of Youth. We also have IT specialists very committed and with international experience and motivated to improve the ICT use in classroom . The European projects coordinator experienced erasmus mobilities since she was at university and has participated in Comenius and Erasmus+ programs as a teacher.

POLAND

Primary School no 41 is located in Bydgoszcz , in the province of kujawsko-pomorskie . The current number of students is 430, attended by 40 teachers, 1 educational counselor and pedagogic and 8 non-teaching staff members . It teaches students aged 6-16. The main school strategy is to rise creative and conscious citizens of Europe. Within the strategic objectives it includes the full development of our students in digital competence and linguistic competence in foreign languages , as well as knowledge and respect for other cultures and countries from direct experience. The community we work with is rather industrial but many of our students are worse situated. Some of them have economical problems. Our work is tightly connected with the parents and local community engagement. School has already got great experience in working with ICTs and innovative technologies. It has perfectly prepared ICT classroom and modern technologies. Teachers would like to share their ideas and get some more clues of working with students using innovative technologies and as a very creative staff are still looking for other new and interesting ideas of working with teenage students. Moreover, participating in previous Erasmus plus projects opened students on using English language not only in an English classroom but also in other fields of education and communication. Being a part of the project will help school in achieving most important for the European Development Plan goals: – Use the CLIL methodology – Get a wide range of new ideas to implement them in the classroom. – Improve language skills applied in the classroom . – Acquire a suitable language for classes. – Get in touch with the educational reality in other European countries . – Exchange ideas and experiences with teachers from different European countries. – Know directly the culture of the participating countries in this project to convey to students a realistic view of everyday daily life. Key people being in chargé of the project in the school are two teachers of English Ms Anna Smeja-Robak and Ms Joanna Gralak. They are engaged in the project since it first phase and are very experienced in working with ICTs . They both graduated from Icts courses in Edinburgh and participated in Erasmus+ KA1 based on introducing innovative technologies in an English classroom. Moreover, Ms Joanna Gralak was key person on coordinating all of the other Erasmus + project in the school, as a partner and coordinator. If this persons will their post in the future this role will be taken by other English teachers, after consulting this case with the headmaster of the school. Experience that can be contributed to other school while the project duration is: Use the CLIL methodology,get a wide range of new ideas to implement them in the classroom, get in touch with the educational reality in other European countries , Involve intercultural elements of integrating students from different countries into School Plan.

ITALY

Istituto Comprensivo 9 (IC 9) in Bologna includes a preparatory school (75 pupils), two primary schools (625 pupils) and a lower secondary school (480 pupils). Almost 30% of the pupils (from 3 to 14 years old) have non-Italian parents, and there are about 5% pupils with special needs. This student variety challenges teachers to experiment many innovative methodologies and many new educational tools. Beyond educational activities for children there are several teacher training courses (in the framework of INDIRE and MIUR-PNSD projects) and opportunities for undergraduate students training, in collaboration with Bologna University. IC9 is well known for a widespread use of new technologies and for an interest in innovation and experimentation with new teaching methodologies: project based learning, inquiry learning, flipped classroom activities are carried on in many courses and disciplines using several ICT tools. IC9 is well known for a widespread use of new technologies and for an interest in innovation and experimentation with new teaching methodologies: project based learning, inquiry learning, flipped classroom activities are carried on in many courses and disciplines using several ICT tools. Moreover, the number of pupils with special needs and social disadvantage increased considerably and this has persuaded the teachers to look for new innovative practices; students at IC9 Bologna are used to several experiences with innovative methodologies, devices and ICT tools, the enthusiasm that has guided us so far makes us look beyond national borders in order to find new contacts and incentives in Europe. And this is the main reason that has inspired our project. The digital innovation gives the school the opportunity to rethink the learning space and time and open new networks with European schools in order to grow in terms of active citizenship and achieve a «smart, sustainable and inclusive growth», Europe 2020 goals. Da Cortà Federica (English teacher, expert in running European Projects, and expert of web tools for presentation and collaboration) Leone Damiela (Maths teacher, expert of PBL, Flipped Classroom and teachers’ trainer for the School Department of Emilia-Romagna region.) Pozzo Balbi (German teacher and expert of web tools for presentation and collaboration) Agostini Roberto (Music teacher, teacher expert on IT tools, Flipped Classroom and teachers’ trainer for the School Department of Emilia-Romagna region) Colalongo Maria Chiara (Maths teacher and expert on the creation of digital resources ) As IC9 has a widespread interest for innovation and experimentation with new teaching methodologies, it will be in charge of preparing material and planning for PBL and Flipped Classroom. As a result we expect that skills of participating students will be greatly enhanced: These Innovative student-centred methodologies will certainly develop creative and critical thinking, problem solving and communication competences.

PORTUGAL

We are a group off schools, with 350 students from 3 to 15 years. The head office is located in Avis. Is a touristic and historical village. It is in the center of Portugal, at about 140 km, 1,5 hour from the capital city (Lisboa). We have about 8% off ethnic students. We are in a save region, have excellent relation with the municipality and they support us with many things Most of the inhabitants run agricultural farms and touristic places. There are also poor families who have to use social benefits because they have low income. Like the other cities, and unfortunately, in this small society there are also families in which one of the parents is addicted to alcohol or sometimes mentally disabled We seek to provide our students with as many educational experiences as possible. In this way we try to motivate them to participate in various contests of artistic and scientific character. At the math level our students participate in the math Olympics and other local competitions in addition to the science club in which they participate The school is for boys and girls, and the students learn two foreign languages (English and Spanish). At home they use only Portuguese We have many sports groups from football, volleyball, rowing and we have sport adapted for children with motor difficulties At school teachers involve all students in a lot of performances, cultural events, trips, art exhibitions and sport competitions. As previously mentioned we have groups of women’s volleyball, men’s, football and rowing. We even have a rowing sports training center with federated students. We privilege the participation of our students and teachers in the most diverse sports and academic competitions in the area of science and letters. Our students are used to communicate with their teachers and others with the new technology. Our school has a internet and a facebook page, in which latest news and pictures and reports of school events are posted on a regular basis. This year we promote some formation about ITC for teachers and bowling for students. We are very motivated to participate in the project. We are a young and dynamic team and we want make the difference with our students Our vice-president the last 3 years is the principal in two Erasmus project but he is invited for the government to change the school and to be the vice-principal, now he want make the same in this new school.  For our school is the first Erasmus project  but whit the headmaster come more teachers with Erasmus experience We educate our students in order to become responsible European citizen and this project will be a great opportunity to help them in developing their personalities, to understand how important is knowledge, how to work together with other students from Europe We will also communicate with our European colleagues, improving foreign language, discovering new things about European culture and traditions and sharing experiences and knowledge about our own culture and life.