The eSchool 2017 - 2019 project - completed

Basing on analysing teachers’ work, Primary School no.61 diagnosed what follows: teachers’ lack of IT skills, poor knowledge of web safety among students and their parents alike, as well as an extremely rare and not always

intentional use of the school’s multimedia; almost total lack of using students’ personal devices for educational purposes during lessons. As a way of meeting students’ expectations in terms of using IT, our teachers wanted to include into educational process multimedia devices and internet applications. However, they were lacking knowledge and skills in this area. We have decided that our school needed to join yet another KA1 project. Furthermore, communication in the age of a global village requires knowledge of foreign languages and that is why we also aimed at motivating our teachers and students to learn them. 

We have set 3 main aims of the project: school’s digitalization, raising the attractiveness and quality of foreign language teaching and making our school an international organization. Our Teachers’ Panel have chosen a selection committee and set predispositions of the members of the prospective team. Out of the persons willing to participate in the project the committee have chosen 6 people that guaranteed an effective execution of the set aims: the headmistress, an English teacher, an IT teacher, 2 early education teachers and a French teacher. After reviewing available courses and verifying them in terms of compliance with our school’s needs, as well as checking the organizations, we have chosen the mobilities and planned tasks that would implement the effects of the courses. We have also planned the monitoring of the effects, dissemination and evaluation. 

We have completed two types of mobilities: two methodical courses for our English and IT teachers in Florence: Photo & Video Making in our Classroom: Creating and Adapting Visual Resources and Build your App, teach your student show to build their Apps! as well as job shadowing for 5 other participants (Orihuela, Spain – the headmistress, 2 early education teachers and Paris, France – the headmistress, the French teacher). All of the mobilities concerned getting to know new IT tools and developing linguistic skills. A novelty for us was a job shadowing visit of our Spanish partners in our school. We have also hosted our prospective partners of an Erasmus + KA2 project and as an effect we are currently implementing Erasmus+ KA2 RAINBOW project with one of our KA1 partners among others. Benefitting from the contacts we have gained, we have filed more applications: Erasmus + KA1 Together 2018 , Erasmus + KA1 Modern school 2019, Transnational Mobility of Pupils POWER, Polish-Lithuanian Fundfor Teenagers Exchange. Realising of the project was accompanied by following types of actions: implementing (recommending presentations, courses, OK-observations, Educational Walk, supervision), dissemination (web and press publications, student-made films, meetings) and evaluating (surveys evaluating the quality and suitability of courses, conversations). Our school has undertaken a wide range of tasks that were aimed at students such as: workshops, actions ‘Safe Internet Day’, ‘Technology Day – I am SMART’, ‘Safe breaks’, thematic arts classes, ‘Well-acquainted with Technology’ play. We have also carried out tasks for parents: an Internet course, giving out educational materials on web safety. Our teachers’ panel have taken a course ‘Cybernauts’ and took part in workshops on counteracting cyberbullying. Our teachers took part in internet courses on eTwinning platform and created eTwinning projects with students that were supposed to develop studets’ language skills, among other things. In order to popularise this particular and other Erasmus projects, our headmistress has organized a meeting with 10 other primary school headmasters and individual consultations with 4 of them. 

As a result of conducting Erasmus + e-School project we have widened our competence in the area of effective use of newly introduced IT tools, web safety, social media code of conduct, developing educational materials for other teachers, teaching programming to students. Our teachers are more and more willing to use English interface on their devices. There has been an increase in openness and respect for cultural diversity. As for the long term gains, bigger group of our teachers are able to communicate in English and are more interested in international educational programmes, the prestige of our school as an institution that benefits from and implements the best of European solutions has grown; the school has also gained a reputation for promoting international contacts and undertaking eTwinning and KA2 projects.