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Project Fair-2017

On April 12 the 2nd republican exhibition of projects of educational institutions “Project Fair” was held at Klaipeda Gedminai Progymnasium, where teams of pre-schools, institutions of general education and non-formal education, Lithuanian Maritime Academy, community of Klaipėda University took part in it.  There were even 83 projects presented: from a school to an international level. The project teams, the guests – the Education Exchanges Support Foundation, the representatives of the Education Department of the Klaipėda City Municipality Administration, the representatives of the Klaipėda City Educational and Cultural Center – and the visitors of the fair shared their best experience working on projects, presented their created projects, gained some interesting ideas and found partners for the new projects. Participants and visitors of the “Project fair” were able not only to get acquainted with the presented projects, but also to vote for the most favoured one.

According to the decision of the participants of the event, our Erasmus+ project “ACTIVE in NATURE, ENJOYING THE NATURE!” earned the nomination “For Environmental Education” 

Participants and visitors of the event participated in creative workshops, lectures and seminars: they got acquainted with Europass documents, opportunities that are provided by Erasmus+, eTwinning, Nordplus programmes, also with steps of project preparation and implementation, IT tools for projects, the MozaBook program for interactive teaching and learning, learned to study creatively in with iPads in an iClass. Students improvised at the forum theater, met the enthusiast of the flying drones, tested woodworking machines, a virtualized (vCloudPoint) computer classroom, a 3D constructor and iMO-LEARN smart cubes.

 

My Lithuania

by Lithuania
This year, commemorating the 16th of February, progymnasium’s folk dance ensemble “Gedmina” prepared the dance to the song “Tu Lietuva, tu mana”.  We invited school’s community to celebrate the Lithuanian Independence Day quite merrily, so to feel community of all taking part in the flashing mobilization and singing popular Lithuanian songs. Teachers taught lessons dressed in national costumes. A festive atmosphere has been created by inventive class photos and students’ greetings to Lithuania.
We hope that this festival has brought together all students and teachers and encouraged them to love, value and uphold their homeland more and more.

Educational trip

On 3 February, a group of students of Gedminai School studied with a difference – they went to the National Visitor Centre and the Institute of Lithuanian Language. National Visitor Centre is the gateway to the protected areas of Lithuania. During the educational activity here students felt as they were surrounded by nature: grasslands, birds, grasshoppers around them and clouds above their heads. They got to know with the system of protected areas and learned that there are 5 national and 30 regional parks, 3 state natural and 2 cultural reserves, about 300 nature reserves, more than 500 state-protected natural heritage sites in Lithuania. The exhibition helped to understand what and why have to be protected, why ecology is becoming increasingly important to the whole civilized humanity. The exceptional value of national and regional parks and nature reserves has been illustrated with images and specific items. In the Cinema hall students watched a film about the capercailzies and listened to the mysterious sounds of nature in a special chair. Children really liked the laboratory table – question-mark, where various natural riddle are explained with motion pictures; they also played an interactive game about the cormorants. Terminals that provide the information on protected areas helped students to discover special places in Lithuania.

After the natural lessons students had the Lithuanian language lesson in the Institute of Lithuanian language. This is a unique Language Museum which is part of this institute where the latest linguistic information is provided in an attractive and modern form. Students got to know with the archival documents, linguists’ personal belongings and the other authentic material. Students carefully listened how the Lithuanian alphabet was formed; they wrote their own names using special letter stamps. Students were attracted by speech toys – unique exhibits, which allow to touch the language. The language computer games, karaoke of dialects, a special program to learn Lithuanian sign language were very interesting as well.

That day spent without classes and school desks was full of ex new things.

 

Brain battle

On a homelike evening, 7th December, there was held a community evening “Seven miles of bridges” in our school.  Participants of Erasmus+ Programme’s Strategic  Partnersips Project „ACTIVE in NATURE, ENJOYING the NATURE!“ ,their parents and teachers did a great job answering questions about the culture and customs of partners countries. All the participants of the event checked their knowledge, found out some new things and definitely enjoyed the game. Everybody was awarded with sweet prizes and good mood. 

Learning, teaching, training activity in Spain – Impressions from Norway

The first learning, teaching, training activity with both teachers and students in this project was in Alicante from 1 – 7 May 2016. The Spanish team had planned an exciting week with lots of water activities, and the Norwegian team consistet in  seven students and two teachers. They where really eager to participate in all the week program. The trip started with a warm welcome from our Spanish team. It continued with ICT-workshops and English lessons before we went outside and enjoyed both different outdoor activities and the sunny enviroment. The second day was packed with fysical activities and we tried different things like stand up paddle, kayak and volleyball. For the Norwegian team it was fantastic to spend a whole day on the beach. Then we went to Tabarca Island for two days, and our team spent the night outdoors. We got to try snorkeling, and again, enjoyed the beach. On Tabarca we got a historical sightseeing wich was very interesting,  and we also had an art workshop where we painted on stones. The last day in Alicante we evalueted the trip, picked out a winner from the painted stones and said our goodbyes. What a fantastic week!

U.K – Nordics eTwinning conference, Hillerød/ Denmark 19-22 of May 2016

U.K – Nordics eTwinning conference, Hillerød/ Denmark 19-22 of May 2016

Our institution was so lucky to be a part of a really meaningful conference last weekend, with focus on how do we adjust ourselves as European institutions in our meeting with migrant and refugee pupils from all over the world. The focus was on exchanging the best experiences in making a difference for a better and safer everyday for this diverse group of pupils. In every project we run, we must not forget to include this group of pupils, regardless of the different obstacles we may meet…instead of seeing the obstacles, we should focus on possibilities of inclusion in our common society! Wonderful experiences which I’ll definitely adapt into our organisation’s working programme with this project, in order to highlight the European and global DIVERSITY!

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We are the children

In most countries of the world Flash Mob is an essential part of the youth culture. The aim of the young is to pay attention of hurrying people or peers on the existing problems.

One of such events was organized in Debrecenas square on May 10. Passersby were able to spectate a sudden mobilization of young people, which aim was to draw public attention on today’s most popular issues (violence against children, troubles in the world) and that they care about it. Children from Gedminai progymnasium, Vetrunges progymnasium, Vydunas progymnasium, Children’s entertainment center, PI Edukateka and PI Hatora were involved in this campaign. This Flash Mob was a part of Erasmus+ (KA2) Strategic Partnerships between schools project “We are the world, we are the children” and “ANEN”, so students from Croatia, Greece, Romania and Turkey joined the dance.

 

An evening get-together

A get together meeting of Erasmus + (KA 2) inter-school strategic partnerships “Active in nature, enjoying the nature!” and “We Are the World, We Are The Children” participants was held in progymnasium on 9th December. Students according the given information from project partners prepared interesting presentations about Romanian, Spanish, Croatian, Norwegian, Greek, Turkish and French Christmas traditions. Participants took lessons on how to dance partners’ folk dances and play games.

The evening passed by quickly and it was fun for all to escape from daily routine and troubles, to stay together.

 

Christmas Card workshop

3 December was the day, when the students participating in a project gathered together for a workshop, where the Christmas cards were made. A cozy talk about Christmas traditions in Lithuania and other project partner countries helped to understand how unique each country is, to feel the upcoming holiday. The time in a workshop has passed quickly and the own made postcards cheered project partners and the elderly living alone.

 

Educational activities in the Museum of the History of Lithuania Minor

Educational activities in the Museum of the History of Lithuania Minor

On the first day of winter project students changed their learning in a school into the learning in a museum – it was the day of learning differently. Gedminai progymasium students attended educational programs “Klaipeda: from the royal capital to the port city”, “The path of bread”, “The lost city”. Students deepened their knowledge about the history of Klaipeda city development from the eighteenth century up to nowadays, listened to the story about the grain sowing, harvesting, threshing and binding, cleaning, milling and baking process, acknowledged with all the old Klaipeda region tools used for beard baking. They did all the given interesting activities.

 

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