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Teaching/learning activities in Norway

On June 18-22, Gedminai progymnasium team led by the Deputy Director for education Saulius Rudelis participated in the final meeting of Erasmus+ 2nd main action of general education sector interschool strategic partnership project “Active in NATURE, ENJOYING the NATURE!” in Norway – Engerdal barne-og ungdomsskole school. During the training activities, students attended non-traditional educational activities at school, the Blokkodden wildlife museum and the Gutulia National park. There they tested the project’s app for Android smart devices designed to know about each project country partner’s national park.

Teachers were acquainted with the Norwegian educational system, shared their best practices in organizing formal and non-formal education. They discussed teaching methods, forms for conducting the lessons, educational environments, reviewed completed works and presented final products developed for the project to the local community.

During the training in a multicultural environment members of the team consolidated the skills of cooperation, communication in a foreign language and were acquainted with Norwegian nature and culture.


This project was partly funded by the European Union’s Erasmus+ program with the support of the European Commission. The content of this article does not reflect the official opinion of the European Commission. Responsibility for the information and views expressed in the article lies entirely with the author(s).

Environmental Education Day

On April 18th, environmental education activities took place at the progymnasium. Docent Dr. Rita Nekrosiene and Senior Ecologist of the Seaside Regional Park Erlandas Paplauskis taught the students about “Preservation of the Earth in our hands”, “Ecological Problems in the Regional Park”.
6-8th grade students participating in the Erasmus+ KA2 Interschool Strategic partnership project “Active in Nature, Enjoying the Nature” taught 4th grade pupils on topic “Nature Teaches Us”.

Project Fair 2018. 100 messages to You, Lithuania

The third national exhibition/mini training of educational institutions “Project Fair 2018. 100 messages to You, Lithuania” was held at Klaipeda Gedminai progymnasium on 2nd March. The aim of this event was to enable to exchange valuable experience of project activities, to present the benefits of projects to the community, to disseminate the contribution of project managers and participants to the improvement of education quality through the funds. The fair was attended by teams of preschool, general education and non-formal education institutions. Altogether they presented more than 80 projects of various levels. The innovation of the fair was a center of Education Exchanges Support Foundation. All interested persons could consult on the preparation, implementation and other relevant issues of the projects that were administrated by this fund. Our institution presented the ongoing “Erasmus+” program’s project „Active in nature, enjoying the nature!“, an eTwinning project “ANEN”
“Project Fair 2018” was a great way to know more not only about different project activities and opportunities, but as well as to get fresh ideas for future activities. We are thankful to active, creative students and teachers of the country, who shared, presented, surprised and proved once again, that Lithuania is being created by a great community of education.

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“Erasmus+” project’s “Active in the nature, enjoying the nature!” participants learned at Gedminai progymnasium

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A third Erasmus+ K2 Strategic school partnership project’s „Active in nature, enjoying the nature!“ meeting was held on 8-12th May at Gedminai progymnasium. Partners from Spain, France and Norway were acquainted with the school, its history, monitored lessons, attended creative workshops, art, ICT lessons, and managed to create an interactive map. During this week they were able to know better Seaside Regional Park, Lithuanian history and culture, learn Lithuanian folk songs, dances and games. All the joint activities and learning environment helped to strengthen literacy, cooperation, ICT and communication in foreign language skills. During this week, teachers were learning to. They had an opportunity to share their best experience during the discussions about problems that occur in educational process, the most effective teaching methods, sharing their thoughts about the educational environments and cooperation forms with students’ parents. During these learning activities project participants reviewed done tasks, discussed details for the final product and planed further project activities.

Students works on international teams about the Seaside Regional Park and learning activities in Lithuania

                 

                 

                 

                 

                  

                  

                  

                 

                

               

              

              

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.

 

Non-traditional lesson/educational activities in the Seaside regional park

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:

1st map

2nd map

3rd map

4th map

My Lithuania

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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.