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.
On April 7, project’s “Active in nature, enjoying the nature” team has been acknowledged with the Seaside regional park. Senior ecologist Erlandas Paplauskis conducted interactive lectures on topics “The landscape of the regional park”, “Ecological problems in the regional park” at the Visitor center and educational events at the Litorina cognitive path. During this non-traditional lesson, the project team deepened and consolidated its knowledge about nature, understood what and why it is necessary to protect as well as why nature is becoming more and more important for civilized humanity. During the activities students took pictures and coordinates of the attractions of the regional park. Back in the school they created interactive maps of the regional park using the Skratch program.
Maps, created with Scratch:
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.
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.
On 23 November teachers Saul Rudelis, Gediminas Jonauskas Kristina Rudelienė, Asta Jankauskienė conducted a seminar “Team work – project’s success”. The teachers shared the project work experience: they presented the projects and successful stories of teamwork to their coleagues from other schools of the city. They aslo presented the tools for the project execution and for assessment of the impact. Our project “ACTIVE IN NATURE – ENJOYING THE NATURE!” – ANEN was also presented in this seminar.
On October 28th – 29th, the Erasmus+ K2 interschool strategic partnership project “Active in nature, enjoying the nature!” second transnational meeting of the partners was held. Teachers from Norway, Spain and France were acquainted with the progymnasium, its history and its project team. The guests from Norway Mihaela Nymoen and Siri Enger conducted an English language lessons to our eighth graders and teachers of foreign languages. The partners monitored an integrated IT-English language lesson for seventh class prepared by Gediminas Jonauskas and Iveta Anužienė and intergrated dance-English language lesson for sixth class, prepared by Saulius Rudelis and Anton Petrovskij. After that, teachers discussed the lessons, shared the experience. In the meantime, our students, moderated by IT teacher and the specialist of career development Asta Norkienė, taught our guests to work with ICT tools for interactive mapping and deepen their English language skills as well as career planning skills. During this meeting, the project partners discussed all the issues related to the implementation of the project, shared responsibilities and task in order to ensure the quality of the project and its final result.
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!
Our second mobility with the students took place the last week of September in St Gervais Sur-Mare (France). Six students and two teachers from Spain went to that wonderful village in the Hérault department in the Languedoc-Roussillon region in southern France in order to enjoy the Nature wit students from Norway, Lithuania and France.
The week was an ideal opportunity for doing interesting activities. On the one hand, students and teachers could spend time together sharing English and Geography lessons. For example, we learnt how to explain which were our hobbies and tastes. Moreover, students were able to getting familiar with some sports, such as climbing or badminton. However, the highlight of the meeting was the water activities; specially, the canoeing excursion from Colombières to Tarassac and the camping night in the middle of the forest.
On the other hand, the watersports were outstanding. The whole Spanish team demonstrated how we love the sea, doing windsurfing, catamaran and sailing. It was an spectacular experience!
Finally, we were proud to take part in the inagural event of the new name of the Forest “des Ecrivains Combattants ; the same new name for its school. We had fun in a big party for ending the meeting.
Thank you very much for all the French Team, specially for its students who tought us the meaning of the words: fellowship and friendship!