Digital Creative Education
Nordplus Junior 2020 project Digital Creative Education targets at finding the effective digital tools to use teachers' time effectively, shifting the emphasis in teachers' daily duties from bureaucratic routines to creative cooperation with students, explicit differentiation and support of students' individual needs.
Project period 08/2020 - 01/2023
Project number NPJR-2020/10200
Grant proposed 43070 EUR
Expertise in the use of digital tools
Meetings with the experts in the field
Teacher job shadowing
Sanatorium School is a boarding secondary school for students with movement impairments (spinal disorders) for students from different parts of Lithuania.
Students acquire general education in the environment which is adapted to their needs. They need to spend time on physical activities throughout the day; learn, lying on the special beds, regularly participate in the activities in the swimming pool and outside.
The school sees big potential in using digital tools to track students’ individual progress and as a space for teachers’ collaboration. In the environment with special education children, the teachers spend most of the time with their students, providing help and support, so the digital systems they use need to be handy and easy to use.
OUR FIRST DIGITAL MOBILITY
To meet the challenges posed by Covid-19, the Nordplus administration approved a number of temporary changes to the Nordplus rules, , for example postponing travels or replacing physical meetings with virtual ones.
We have meet the challenge and organised our first digital mobility and visited our project partner Siauliai Sanatorium School via Zoom conference.
The main aims of our digital mobility was to learn more about structure, curriculum, pedagogical process, methods used and of course Sanatorium School expertise in the use of digital tools.
Digital mobility to Siauliai Sanatorium School was led by school teacher Anželika Grigaliūnė. Anželika did a great job and supported her presentation with relevant video and presentation materials about Lithuania, city of Siauliai and Sanatorium School. You can find full Aželika’s presentation here: Digital mobility to Siauliai Sanatorium School
Digital mobility to Lithuania
by Adriana Martinkevica, teacher of CLIL Educational Centre, Latvia
Sanatorium School has demonstrated the presentation about Lithuania, its sightseeings, history, national cuisine, language, tourism, and business. Even though Lithuania shares a border with Latvia, I managed to learn a few new and interesting facts. Angelina showed the city where the school is located - Šiauliai. Siauliai Sanatorium School has important values - health, integrity and encouragement. The school is notable for the fact that it combines the principles of an active lifestyle and the learning process. The infrastructure of the school allows for full-fledged lessons for children with disabilities; moreover, the school employs a team of teachers and medical staff. The main principle is inclusiveness, children, regardless of living conditions, health and place of residence, have equal rights to receive a decent education. The school uses the latest advances in technology - iMo cubs, interactive floors, eMice and Apple classrooms. Students have an opportunity to choose different entertaining activities such as a library, relaxing room, apple classroom, kitchen and botanical garden. School provides non-formal education, students can choose some of them: drama, art, photography, floristics, pottery, swimming. Each year teachers and students organise traditional school events, for instance, the procession of Siauliai city birthday, Teacher’s day, Halloween, support actions and Christmas. The school is truly at the forefront of using the latest technology for learning at all levels. A great example of how technology can help engage students in the learning process.
by Gražina Vaitkunskė, English teacher, Nordplus coordinator at Vilnius Municipality’s Grigiškės Šviesos gymnasium, Lithuania
As American politician Antonio Villaraigosa has once said ‘‘Literacy is crucial to creating job opportunities, supporting workers and their families and eradicating poverty in our region...Literacy must start in homes and classrooms by giving the children the best education possible to enable them to pursue their goals and become engaged citizens. ‘‘ But nowadays digital literacy is as much important as functional literacy itself. So, the pedagogues of Vilnius Municipality‘s Grigiškės “ Šviesos“ gymnasium leapt at the chance and became a part of an international team that is digital creative.
The first online sessions (October 14th, 28th, 2020) of Nordplus project „ Digital Creative Education“ were held for partner coordinators from Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Norway in order to introduce themselves and digital tools that are used in their organisations.
Later, on the 9th of November,2020 the English teachers, Gražina Gaitkunskė, Dalia Tarosaitė, and PE teacher Evelina Jonaitytė from Grigiškės“ Šviesos“ gymnasium, Lithuania had a great opportunity to take part in the first Digital mobility that was hosted by Šiauliai Sanatorium School, Lithuania.
The host, an English teacher Anželika Grigaliūnienė, introduced all participants to the most beautiful country with its tremendous history, the beauty of nature, and multicultural society keeping old traditions and customs alive.
She also presented her city of the Sun, Šiauliai, the school, its students (grades 4-10, age 7-16), teachers (23 teachers and 18 tutors in the afternoons) and medical staff (16), the mission of this organisation and education it provides. As it is a sanatorium school, children study and get treatment at the same time. The school also provides accommodation, which is free of charge. The travel home is also funded by the school on weekends.
Our team was astonished by the amount of digital and traditional activities, events, and projects that are held in the sanatorium.
We got much food for thought and have already started implementing the best practices of this organisation into our environment. The interactive floor left the biggest impression on our PE teacher Evelina Jonaitytė. She considers asking our authorities for purchasing one of these interactive tools for our gymnasium.
Moreover, on the 11th of November, we held a professional development meeting where the digital glances from Šiauliai Sanatorium School were presented.
We also had a workshop on Digital tools where interactive programs such as mentimeter.com and bookcreator.com were taught to use.
It is never too late to learn, so that is just the beginning of digital workshops in our organisation.
To be continued...
by Ave Amor, PE teacher and a reacreation and project manager in Illuka School, Estonia
On November 9, the digital mobility of our Nordplus project “Digital creative education” took place. Our hostess was Anzelika Grigaliune from Šiaulių sanatorinė mokykla. Anzelika had put together presentation about Lithuania and city Šiauliai in general and about her school Šiauliai sanatorium school in more precise.
Some of the information about Lithuania was already familiar. The history of Estonia and Lithuania is very similar and that is why most of the Estonians know about it. Also we know that Lithuanias love basketball and playing it great, we also keep our fingers crossed for the Žalgiris Kaunas basketball team. Some facts were new and interesting. I personally did not have a clue that the Europe’s geographical centre is located in Lithuania.
Travelling from Estonia through Lithuania to central and southern Europe, we cans see Šiauliai signs on the roadside. When I and my family drive past the signs Šiauliai, there is always a lot of fun when we try to say the name of a city. Pronouncing the name Šiualiai is a quite difficult voice exercise for Estonians.
We saw form the presentation of Anzelika that Šiauliai is an education and cultural centre in Lithuania. Šiauliai- the city of the sun has one of the oldest pedestrian boulevard of the Europe. I have heard stories about the Hill of Crosses in Šiauliai from my mother and this is definitely place, I would like to visit in the future.
The most interesting and informative was the presentation about Siauliai sanatorium school. I was surprised how many modern teaching aids they are using. This is a school for students with special needs, all over Lithuania. While schools in Estonia are more disability-based, in their school students are with various health problems.
Sanatorium school has great school facilities to create effective learning and healing environment- swimming pool, relax room, school garden, apple classroom, interactive floor and etc.
My colleague and I were impressed about the digital equipment. We both googled an interactive floor solution. It would be great if our school (Illuka School) has the same tool to students to be active in the breaks. Our school children spend a lot of time outdoors, but students could use it if the weather is bad or in addition to the gym breaks.
As a physical education teacher, I admired how they provide inclusive opportunities, consideration for students' individualities. They have ideal resources and tools to do that.
Another interesting treatment was an oxygen cocktail. It seems to me that all participating project partners were excited to try it.
In Estonia we used to have botanical gardens in schools and students had to go gardening in the summer. Then the gardens were abandoned. Today, gardens and greenhouses are being rebuilt in schools. School gardens can help children to learn but gardens are more than just another classroom: they’re hands-on, outdoor classrooms that teach children self-regulation.
Sanatorium school is very active in different project activities. They celebrate different events and holidays. Also, they have been participated in different European projects (Nordplus, Erasmus+).
The digital mobility in Šiualiai was thorough, informative and engaging.
by Saulius Rudelis - project coordinator, dance teacher and Gediminas Jonauskas - headmaster, IT teacher of PI "Edukateka", Lithuania
On the 9 th of April, the first Nordplus (NordPlus Framework Programme) for Nordic and Baltic cooperation in education Nordplus Junior program „Digital Creative Education” project digital mobility was held in Šiauliai Sanatorium School. It involved project partners from Lithuania, Estonia, Norway and Latvia. In this digital mobility PI „Edukateka“ was represented by project coordinator Saulius Rudelis and director Gediminas Jonauskas.
During this mobility, guests got acquainted with the history and culture of Lithuania and Šiauliai. The guests were acquainted with Šiauliai Sanatorium School.
During this digital mobility partners took part in „lessons“, „creative workshops“, during which they deepened their knowledge about digital environments and digital tools.
During mobility our institution had the opportunity to get acquainted with best practices, discussing about the most effective teaching methods, educational environments and students’ leisure time forms in Šiauliai Sanatorium School.
Project activities in Šiauliai are over, but the project continues.
CLIL Education Centre, Latvia
Contact person: Veronika Skripačova
Siauliai Sanatorine school, Lithuania
Contact person: Lijana Giedraitienė
Vilnius Municipality’s Grigiškės Šviesos gymnasium, Lithuania
Contact person: Gražina Vaitkunskė
PI "Edukateka", Lithuania
Contact person: Saulius Rudelis
Norlights Montessori School, Norway
Contact person: Josef Berg
Illuka School, Estonia
Contact person: Ave Amor