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Cultural heritage can confer an unconscious sense of unity and be belonging to a group and allows us to better understand previous generations and the history of where we come from. Not everyone feels a connection with their cultural heritage, but many people do. Globalization, migration often cuts the roots of our young generation leading to the values of our ancestors. Our learners are keen on playing with technologies more than to listen to stories or to visiting castles, or trying to learn in old approaches. We are aware that our learners are to be fully functional citizens in the 21st century. Without knowing humankind’s roots, respecting the past, protecting heritage they won’t develop common human values to live in peace in a multicultural society. The 21st century requires gaining cultural awareness competencies, and more: communication and collaboration, social and civic responsibility, communication in a foreign language and digital literacy competencies. All good teachers build a bridge between what students know and what they need to learn. Addictions of students making ‘selfies’ and scrolling the screen constantly we decided to turn into an interesting and useful occupation for them. We decided on the favorite tools of the learners- the smartphones to use for improving digital literacy and to join those skills in exploring heritage. We know how those devices impel to encourage us to learn about what youngsters seem dull. The main objectives of Project «Surfing our Roots» are: The main objectives of this project are: To foster awareness of cultural heritage, emerge its uniqueness, emphasize the individuality of our countries and encourage dialogue amongst different cultures. To increase digital literacy competence and skills, educate the responsible IT user. The goals: to explore, differ, assess, analyze and compare the diversity of local cultural heritage, UNESCO heritage objects in the motherland and in Partner countries; to express experience through digital products; Secondary objectives are: to improve problem-solving, creativity and initiative skills; to develop communication and collaboration competencies; to improve communication in English; to improve learning to learn competence; Each partner school will involve students, even with fewer opportunities, the teachers of almost all subjects, the staff, parents.344 STUDENTS aged from 7 to 16 from five countries and six schools will be involved. The Project will be a part of the schools’ curricula. Professionals from Municipalities Heritage Departments, heritage-related institutions will be asked for competent collaboration. The project aimed to explore cultural local and UNESCO heritage as tangible as intangible and via this exploring and learning to use ICT and create different digital products: interactive maps, posters, e-books, flyers, magazines, walls, quizzes, crosswords, video presentations, short video clips about heritage, 3D, and panoramic photos. All partner schools’ will organize visits to see tangible heritage objects, to gain information about those objects, in reality, to meet professionals from heritage-related departments, to differ, assess, analyze cultural heritage in various contexts. The students will learn about intangible heritage in this way too. Five short-term exchanges of groups of pupils for 75 students, one short-term joint staff training event for 5 teachers, five online meetings will be organized. Demonstrating, collaborating, researching and fundamental methodology the Project-Based Learning (PBL) and in applying ICT problem-oriented, application-oriented;menu-oriented and function-oriented methods will be used. All partner schools will gain great benefits. The outcomes – knowledge gained during the project’s activities, learning visits will broaden the students and the teachers’ mind on many levels: all schools will be satisfied with achieved goals and will have more intelligent students, with a wide and aware attitude toward different cultures, own roots, and the importance to preserve not only UNESCO but even local heritage. The level of tolerance in all schools will be raised. The students and the teacher will be able to use English more fluently. The schools will be more international. Innovative teaching approaches and different gadgets will be used in the educational process at our schools. The schools will have more students and teachers with higher developed digital literacy. In the future, all Partner schools are going to increase digital tools in education more widely and this experience will be a good start point. The result of the Project will be used during education at our and region’s schools: interactive maps of local heritage will be used in different lessons; it can be expanded according to different topics. The magazines will be used in English lessons; posters, quizzes, crosswords will be used as educational items. Videos and video presentations will be uploaded to the websites of the partner schools.
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It is a project that will last 2 years and involves schools from Greece, Turkey, Italy, and Poland. 1000
students from 4 countries and four schools will be involved (10-14 ages). Most of the children in this
Projects come from disadvantaged backgrounds and all schools have a lot of things in common, that is
the main reason for the partnership. The main objective is to bring the people together, combine their
needs and find solutions, accept one another and involve all parts in actively participating in the
society by engaging them in collaborative activities. All these different students, as they immerse into
a society unknown to them, need to feel the security of being included in everyday life in all aspects.
Improving European education, training system quality, and inclusion has been set as a key target in
Europe’s strategy to become a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy by 2020 (Council of the
European Union, 2010).
These objectives are more specifically defined in the so-called Modernization Agenda (EC 2011).
We are aware that our students without these values, won’t be able to live in peace in a multicultural
society. The 21st century requires gaining cultural awareness competencies, communication,
collaboration, social and civic responsibility, and digital literacy competencies. All good teachers build
a bridge between what students know and what they need to learn.
We have focused on the following objectives:
- To reduce the school drop out rates in the communities involved in the project.
- To develop the key competencies, such as ICT skills and linguistic competences using ways of
teaching and learning focused on children.
- To improve the linguistic competence in children in order to develop techniques and skills which will
be essential for them in the world of work in a close future.
- To encourage in children the capacity of work in Europe since early ages by working on linguistic
and social competences.
- To implement the European dimension among all participants, encourage in them
internationalization and be open-minded, which is so important to be integrated in a common Europe
to prevent our communities’ members of social exclusion in the future.
- To use ICT a tool of communication, elaboration, evaluation, and diffusion of the results.
- To improve students’ and teachers’ communication, group working skills, the use of English as
- To compare methods of teaching and learning, values of education, school organization and
the curriculum in order to look for innovative ways of teaching and learning and introduce pedagogically
We will have 5 main products: A dictionary with basic functions in our mother languages, the »dictionary of diversity».
*A multicultural newspaper.
*A theatrical drama about an inter-cultural Europe, »The myth of diversity».
*Composing a new song about European identity and making a new dance from our traditional folk
dances, »U in D» song and dance.
*Producing a video documentary »Me and U in Diversity» about European and human values, in order
to promote solidarity, tolerance, acceptance, and empathy.