Current economic and social context in which we evolve is one of the factors we face in education. Recent studies conducted at European level have demonstrated that there are still difficult situations we face. Students come from economically-risk environments increasingly higher is the main external challenge to which students are exposed. The result is that students have increasingly greater disinterest regarding school in general, higher school dropout being an immediate consequence.
To counter these issues, the school must define itself in terms of methods used in dealing with students. Usually, this redefinition is a lengthy process, which may include additional costs often difficult to provide. School should open to the society, in both directions: to take over what is useful in education and has been developed in non-formal environments, but also to lead the society to take what is valuable in school.
Our project provides a possible solution that would help reduce pressures on students and their families while providing them medium and long-term solutions. For schools, is a way we can experience to take over the external environment, in order to achieve our valorisation.
The six schools in the project have a different profile, both in terms of the economic environment evolves, and student interest or skill level and their aspirations. The common point is the interest that we have to adapt to the demands of society and counteract threats to which we are subject, largely the same. Involvement in the project of a university, through an Institute of Education, is the glue of our actions.
Directly, the project addresses a number of 180 students and 84 teachers who will participate in learning activities in the short term. They will be mostly partners in identifying ways they can use mobile devices in developing their potential, in lifelong learning perspective.
The main actions that we propose in the strategic partnership are:
- Design methods and activities necessary to facilitate learning through mobile devices.
- Design activities quality assessment activities and abilities of the participants.
- Developing special techniques to manage the use of these devices in the classroom
- Development, assessment and certification of digital literacy of students and teachers, in the European context
- Developing communication skills and team work, in real or virtual spaces
- Development of curricular materials, courses and related material, allowing the sustainability of the project after funding ends.
The activities will be conducted online and in the framework of transnational meeting. They are planned:
6 Blended motilities’ of school learners, one for each school, for 5 days. 2 students for each school will participate and 1 accompanying Person (a teacher) from each school.
6 Short-term joint staff training events, for 5 days each, one for each school. At each event will participate 2 persons (teachers) for each partner.
2 Multiplier Events, first host by Maia school, organized in collaboration with UMninho, and the second, at Focsani. At least one representative for each partner will participate online, and a number of local/ foreign participants, others than from schools involved in the project. The total number of participants is 150.
To organize project activities, monitoring and evaluation are planned 3 Transnational Project Meetings, which will be attended by two representatives of each partner.
Results of the project will help achieve its targets are of three types. Since our project we aim to be an innovative one, the most important category is represented, from this point of view, intellectual outputs. A number of tangible and intangible results that we propose will also contribute to achieving the targets.
The expected results are mainly to change students’ perception for their own education, demonstrated by increasing levels of basic skills and transversal thereof, accompanied by reducing school dropout, and improving teacher quality performance through an increase in the skills necessary.
Long-term impact of the project is both for the partners contributing to their capitalization, in the European context, and for the level of students and teachers, both in terms of skills developed and through perspective of a directly approach to their education in terms of learning throughout life.
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