DIGITAL TEACHING AIDS CREATE MORE TIME IN THE WORKDAY AND OPEN UP NEW LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS
Educational cooperation between Nordic and Baltic starts with Nordplus!
Our cooperation project Digital Creative Education was noticed! Here you can find an article by journalist Joan Rask at Nordplus homepage:
DIGITAL MOBILITY TO ILLUKA SCHOOL IN ESTONIA
Despite travelling restrictions, we keep working on our project using digital opportunities. According to the project plan we had a three-day digital mobility to Illuka School in Estonia.
Each day of our mobility was dedicated to one of the topics: the secret of Estonian success in education, usage of the digital learning platform Stuudium, and a practical workshop with Illuka School students about feedback.
We would like to thank Ave Amor, her colleagues, and Illuka School students for leading the digital mobility and sharing experiences about their school and country.
We sincerely thank Maie Kitsing, the Ministry of Education and Research representative for her online session about the system of Education in Estonia and their secrets of success.
You can find our project partners’ articles about this digital mobility below.
"The NordPlus Digital Mobility to Illuka", by Helge Erdal & Josef Berg, Norlights Montessoriskole in Stavanger
Unable to travel to Illuka, Estonia due to covid-19 limitations, teachers here at Norlights Montessoriskole Stavanger enjoyed three digital mobility sessions on November 16, 18 and 19, 2021.
The first session was about the secrets of success the Estonian education system, starting with a presentation of the wonderful country itself. From a challenging situation, the focus on education as an important priority has produced reforms leading to a highly successful school system catering for the needs of teachers as well as the individual students.
The second session was about the school in Illuka and the use of Stuudium as a tool for digital communication. This system has many useful features providing various services and functions that ease the daily workload for the school.
In the third session, the students at the Illuka school took an active role and led a workshop regarding the digital tools in which the students and the teachers at the school use keenly. It was lovely to see that the students have shown their proficiency in the programs they presented. The tools included mote (mote.com) Mentimeter (mentimeter.com), and programs for quizes and etc.
Jeanette Torgersen- contact teacher for 4.-6 grade, Helge Erdal - contact teacher for the lower secondary, Josef Berg- Deputy Principal attended the digital mobility.
We would like to thank the teachers and the students of Illuka school - our Nordplus project partner for organizing such productive digital mobility.
"Digital mobility in Illuka", by Gediminas Jonauskas, headmaster, PI "Edukateka", Lithuania
Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, we are continuing the “Digital Creative Education” project digitally. According to the project plan, a three-day remote mobility took place on November 16-19 at Illuka School in Estonia.
Each of our mobility days was dedicated to one of the topics: the secret of Estonia's success in education, the use of the digital learning platform Stuudium and a hands-on creative workshop with Illuka school students on feedback.
Lithuanian team - Saulius Rudelis and Gediminas Jonauskas from Klaipeda, PI "Edukateka" had a great opportunity to have a digital mobility. Mobility to Estonia was wonderful, it is such a beautiful country with a very good educational system, we had the opportunity to learn from. During mobility our institution had the opportunity to get acquainted with best practices, discussing the most effective teaching methods, educational environments. This mobility was helpful to us as we learned about new tools for online teaching. Saulius learned some new ICT tools like Quizlet, for me it was new Mote. Mobility was very nice especially when students of Illuka school were presenting and moderating discussions. It is very good practice to learn from students. The workshops with Illuka students were amazing, informative and useful. We were presented with tools for feedback, such as Flipgrid, Mote and Mentimeter.
The project activities has ended in Estonia, but the project is ongoing.
"SHARING EXPERIENCES", by Maryte Jakubauskaite, Grigiskes “Sviesos” Gymnasium, Vilnius, Lithuania
On 16 - 19th November the partners from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Norway of the Nordplus project “Digital Creative Education” took part in the digital mobility to Illuka School, in Estonia, for teachers. The teachers Maryte Jakubauskaite, Lilija Rutaviciene, Vigilija Davidaviciene and Evelina Jonaityte from Grigiskes “Sviesos” gymnasium, in Vilnius, were involved in the activities, as well.
During the digital mobility sessions, we got acquainted with a system of Estonian education. On the first day, we met a representative of the Ministry of Education who told us about the specification of Estonian education, not only their achievements but also the problems they face. We were pleasantly surprised to learn about the educational success of the country.
What is more, we had a chance to see Illuka school, to get information about its curricular and students’ evaluation. To our mind, Estonian digital registers are more informative and they provide more opportunities for teachers to share their plans and ideas.
The workshops with Illuka students were amazing, informative and useful. We were presented with tools for feedback, such as Flipgrid, Mote and Mentimeter. Flipgrid is a learning tool that allows teachers to create a grid for video discussions. Mote is a tool that lets teachers easily add voice comments to shared documents, assignments, etc. Whereas, Mentimeter includes interactive presentations by adding questions, polls, quizzes, images, etc. in order to get feedback on a particular topic or lesson in a funny way. As a result, we had a great opportunity to try the tools ourselves, get engaged in the activities and give feedback.
All in all, the mobility meetings were very beneficial during which we gained new ideas, inspiration and knowledge.
"What Brought Us Here Does Not Carry Us Further. Digital Mobility to Illuka School", by Mihails Frolonoks, CLIL Education Centre board member, Latvia
At the beginning of November “Nordplus Digital Creative Education Project” partners had a little hope to take part in our first onsite mobility in Illuka School, but unfortunately a couple of weeks later it was clear, that we would switch to digital mobility again due to the new peak of Covid-19 cases in Europe.
Our digital mobility took place between 16th and 19th November 2021 online.
It was interesting to learn about the differences between destinies of three post-soviet countries (Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania), which had similar backgrounds but eventually constructed different systems of education.
The first day of our digital mobility was devoted to having a closer look at the system of education in Estonia. The session was held by the representative of the Ministry of Education and Research.
Estonian is an old, grammatically, and lexically complex language. So, a lot of attention is paid to teaching Estonian to ensure that everyone can communicate effectively.
Estonians believe that acquiring such a difficult language form early age, Estonians develop their capacity to learn quickly. It helps them to understand sciences, economics, and IT disciplines better.
One of the most inspiring findings for myself was historical aspiration of Estonians to improve their level of education, as a fact 95% of population of Estonia in 19th century were able to read, while common literacy rate in the tsarist era was 28% of total population.
Indeed, the fact that education is valued in the society influences the quality of it. According to the Australian National University and Nevada University in US research, Estonians are the most reading community (the country which reads the most) in the world. Their smart learner-centered approach, equality and equity principals, autonomy of schools – are something totally different from the experience in our country, and which leads Estonia to highest positions in rankings.
About Illuka School:
Illuka School is a cozy educational institution located not far from Narva in the premises of former manor. There are separate buildings for kindergarten and school where total about 100 children have been studying in the picturesque area. We had a short video guide tour in school facilities organized by Illuka School governance leader. Learning in the unusual environment enables learners and teachers to have interesting traditions, one of them - pumpkin growing for local zoo animals.
On the second day session of our digital mobility to Illuka School we had an opportunity to see benefits of the e-learning platform for students, teachers and parents Stuudium.
Illuka School created our profiles at Stuudium platform, so we could feel ourselves like a real Illuka School teachers. Stuudium provides various modes with different options: for administrators, teachers, parents, and students. It is an easy way to interact with all participants of the educational process. Stuudium provides e-register functions, where any teacher can put marks, leave feedback, assign homework, add additional materials for subject and e-learning.
Being a parent, you can follow your child’s performance at school, ask questions to teachers and administration, provide approvals for absence at school. One interesting thing I have noticed in Stuudium was a library of digital tools and websites to support students’ independent learning opportunities.
The last activity of our digital mobility was an interactive lesson about the importance of feedback. The session was held by Illuka School students in small groups using MS Teams Breakout Rooms option.
Students introduced to us three digital tools for feedback: Flipgrid, Mote and Mentimeter. Flipgrid allows to film short feedback video messages, Mote allows you to insert audio comments in a Google worksheet, and Mentimeter allows to display short text feedback of participants. You can create a word-cloud or have an open-ended question using Mentimeter.
Students felt surprisingly confident in leading MS Teams lessons, there were no technical issues, and small delays were easily resolved.
The three-day digital mobility let us understand that everything we had seen in the digital mobility days was an approval of Estonia’s reputation as a country with high quality standards in education. Estonians believe that their long route which involved hard work and reforms through centuries has led them to where they are now. They also understand that “What brought us here does not carry us further”.
PROJECT FOR STUDENTS "The Best Digital Tool for My Learning"
According to our project plan in October all the project partners organized a project for students "The Best Digital Tool for My Learning" in every partner institution. Students had to speak, write, draw, record videos about the digital tools that help them learn, and then teach their teachers about these tools. Teachers had to act as students and reflect on the outcomes of these projects.
Please find below short review about project results in every partner institution.
By Maryte Jakubauskaite, Vilnius municipality Grigiskes “Sviesos” gymnasium, Lithuania, 2021
My favourite app
In October, 2021, the 6 th and 7 th grade students of Grigiskes “Sviesos “ gymnasium participated in the project “The Best Digital Tool for my Learning“, as part of Nordplus project. The students were given a task to present their favourite digital tools and teach school teachers how they work.
On 21 st October, we had a presentation day. Some teachers and the students gathered to share the ideas. Simona Smatauskaite from class 7d presented the English language learning app CAKE. She uses the app to learn words and phrases. Then, we had an opportunity to get to know about various Google possibilities, e. g.,tabs, personalizing etc. The presentation was created by Liutauras Pigarevas from class 6d. After that our lesson was followed by Kahoot! presentations. Evelina Lavrinovic from 6d made a video about how Kahoot! helps her learn. Simona Verobej from 7d made a colourful presentation about Kahoot! Jurgis Muntrimas and Emilijus Semėnas from the same class told us some facts from Kahoot! history. Their presentation was followed by Kahoot! game. The last student to show her favourite tool was Ieva Gradeckaite from class 7d. She made a Kahoot! game as well.
All in all, we had a nice and informative lesson that showed the teachers what tools our gymnasium students use for their learning. So, we can see that Kahoot! is the most popular one among the pupils.
By Ave Amor, PE teacher and a reacreation and project manager in Illuka School, Estonia
The world we live in is, technology is literally everywhere, and the kids adapt to it more than anyone else. For students of all ages, it is natural to use technology in every aspect of their lives. Therefore, digital tools for learning are becoming more and more crucial.
To find out what digital tools our school students use for learning, we asked 6th, 7th, and 9th grade students to make poster presentations as a group.
The most widely used web application is e-diary Stuudium. Students are using this for keeping track of what homework has been assigned, viewing grades, and communicating with the teacher, also getting overview of a school life. Another popular application is Opiq. Opiq is a learning management environment used for learning, which contains textbooks, learning kits and study journal. Students also mentioned they use videos of Youtube and TIKTOK for educational purposes. To communicate with classmates, students use Viber, Messenger, Snapchat, Google Classroom, Zoom, VK, Google Meet, MS Teams and gmail. As our school has many students with Russian as their home language, different translation programs are used such as Photo Translator, eki.ee and Google Translator. In addition, Kahoot, Appwizer, Quizizz, Phet.colorado, Taskutark, Loquiz, Photomath, Padlet and Jamboard are also applications, students like to use for learning.
All in all, using technology for education provokes student’s curiosity, boost their engagement, stimulates creativity and leads to better learning.
By Gražvydė Radavičienė, Siauliai Sanatorium School, Lithuania
"The best digital tool in my lesson"
A project week took place at the school from 18 to 22 October, during which teachers used various digital platforms in their lessons and shared their good practices with colleagues. Today’s teacher needs to be creative. In the lesson, traditional teaching is replaced by new educational methods that encourage creative and interesting work.
The activities of this project week showed that the teachers of our school use various digital platforms in the lessons constantly the students know how to use the provided tools. During such lessons, the work takes place creatively children with different needs are integrated into the activities.
The most used programs in the project week were: Wordwall, Ema, Teams - used for distance, hybrid education, conversations, meetings, Kahoot, Smart board, Just dance.
By participating in the international project "Nordplus Junior 2020 project Digital Creative Education", we will gain more experience in the digital space of student education, we will transfer our experience to the classroom even more freely and creatively, and present it to students.
By Saulius Rudelis - project coordinator, teacher and project manager of PI "Edukateka", Lithuania
In 27th of October, 2021, the students of Public Institution “Edukateka“ participated in the event “The Best Digital Tool for my Learning“, as part of Nordplus Junior project. The students were given a task to present their favorite digital tools and teach our Institions’ other students and teachers how they work.
Some teachers and the students gathered to share the ideas. Dominykas R. from IT studio presented the Canva for Education. Whether you’re a teacher or student, Canva for Education makes it easy to create, collaborate, and communicate visually in the classroom and beyond.
Gustas J. from IT studio and Roberta R. from dance studio presented Quizizz. The software is used in class, group assignments, pre-test review, formative assessments and pop quizzes.
Ieva Š. and Emilija L. from dance studio presented Quizlet. Quizlet makes simple learning tools that let you study anything.
Saulius L. from IT studio made a colourful presentation about Kahoot!. Also he made a Kahoot! game for all participants of this event.
In 28th of October, 2021, the students of our institution had a "Day without technologies", also as part of Nordplus Junior project. On this day they learn some facts about Baltic signs and patterns. After lecture they made own t-shirts with their favorite Baltic signs.
All in all, we had a nice and informative two events that showed the teachers what tools our Institution students use for their learning.
By Veronika Skripačova, CLIL Education Centre Curriculum Coordinator, Latvia
Amazing Digital Tools at CLIL Education Centre
In October 2021, CLIL Education Centre & Colibri School students worked on the project “The Best Digital Tool”. In additional education online lessons students were offered to express their opinions about the most efficient digital tools.
Upper secondary school students had discussions in breakout rooms. They had to answer the following questions: “Which of these IT tools do you use for learning?”, “What do you use them for?”, “How do you rate the efficiency of this tool?”, “If you had to recommend, which tool would you advise to use with primary, secondary school, and adult learners? Why?”
Students discussed the efficiency of tools using such criteria as age-relevance, user-friendliness, trustworthiness, and cost. Most students considered the use of Youtube, especially watching TedTalks a great opportunity to enrich their vocabulary and broad horizons. They recommended these sources for secondary school students. They also emphasised the importance and handiness of MS Teams and Zoom. Students speculated about the importance of timely communication in the modern world, and the value they bring to online education during the Covid-19 pandemic. Several students mentioned that they regularly use online libraries such as Gutenberg.org. They said it allowed them to read authentic texts in English. What impressed me as a teacher was that they spoke about the importance of reading literature and their willingness to do so.
Younger students worked on a different project. They had to answer the questions like “How often do you use your computer for learning?”, “What do you do on your computer?”, “Do you like learning in the classroom or online?”, “What is your favourite IT tool?”, “What will the school of the future be like?” Grade 4-5 students were offered to vote for the best digital tool and support their choices with arguments. Kahoot was chosen the best digital tool, Uzdevumi.lv took the second place, and Quizizz took the third position.
The same group of students were offered to vote for the best approach to learning. They had to choose between learning exceptionally at school, online, or partly at school/ partly online. The result of the poll is surprising – our learners enjoy blended learning opportunities. They are keen on spending only part of their school life in the school building!
The last activity that our Grade 4-5 students did was describing the advantages of online learning. They had to make a word-cloud by writing 3 words that characterised distance learning. The most common words were “fast”, “interesting”, “easy”. There were some other revelations like “I can eat during MS Teams conferences” and “more time to sleep”.
Thanks to our Nordplus project we learn so much about our students and apply new strategies in providing ongoing support to their learning!
DIGITAL MOBILITY TO NORLIGHTS MONTESSORISKOLE IN STAVANGER
On the 26th of April we had the third digital mobility to Norlights Montessori School in Stavanger, Norway. It was our last meeting before project report in school year 2020/2021 and it was organized as effective as possible. Our partners from Stavanger Josef Berg and Helge Erdal performed outstanding digital event, introducing Norlights School to project partners as also performing report on extremely actual topic of Cyber Wellness. Before our digital mobility was started, our guest lecturer Anna Pjatecka, a Riga Zolitude grammar school teacher, reported on her research and experience about Students Motivation While Studying Online. We would like to thank Anna, Josef and Helge for leading the digital mobility and sharing information about their school and country. Please find our project partners’ feedback on the digital mobility to Norlights School below.
by Adriana Martinkevica, teacher of CLIL Educational Centre, Latvia
Anna Pjatecka was a guest speaker who was telling us about the well-being of students during online education. She presented different ways how we make students motivated for learning. It may be reached through group assignments by organising breakout rooms, multi-level tasks, rewards and competitions. The presentation was trying to depict the misconception that teachers should not prevent children from using their mobile phones, as it has become an integrative part of their habits. We can integrate the phone into the learning process to help children learn difficult things in the way that they like best. Another way how teachers may engage students is learning via connection with real life. For instance, teachers may choose a topic that is connected with real life. Moreover, students' interest in the learning process is connected with higher persistence. Anna has managed to present positive discipline support strategies.
Then we proceeded with digital mobility to Norlights Montessoriskole. Our mobility was divided into 4 parts. Firstly, we had a digital sightseeing tour around Norway. Personally I liked Norwegian Fjord, Hardanger and Preikestolen. Then, school representatives introduced Montessoriskole. The first difference is that classes consist of different age groups, it makes up small groups possible to work. The average classroom consists of 8 students. Moreover, students may select activities in which they would like to be involved.
Montessori School implemented digital strategies such as Chromebooks, Transparent Classroom, School link, Into words, Salaby, Skolen, Coding, and Relemo. Moreover, such devices as iPads and PCs are available at the school. Joseph shared the results of a survey on how easy it is for students to learn online, and also prepared recommendations to make online learning more productive. Also, Joseph has shared the experience of how it is possible to seek the balance between activities with digital tools.
Overall, the meeting was useful and contributed to my development of teaching skills.
by Ave Amor, PE teacher and a reacreation and project manager in Illuka School, Estonia
Let’s go to Land of the Vikings!
On April 26, another Nordplus project trip took place, this time we travelled to the land of the fjords and vikings- Norway.
Josef and his colleague Helge welcomed us virtually in Norlights Montessori School Stavanger, school offering authentic Montessori education to 41 pupils.
Montessori education is very popular in Norway. There are over 600 Montessori schools in Norway, at the same time, there are no such general education schools in Estonia. One of the reasons we don't have Montessori schools in Estonia, may be that we don't have Montessori trained professionals. It was very interesting for us to learn more about the basics of Montessori pedagogy.
Montessori education allows children to create their own learning paths, that means that it is believed that children learn better when they’re choosing what to learn.
Another thing that is different from the traditional classroom is that Montessori teachers act as guides and consultants to students on a one-on-one basis. They assist each child along his or her own learning path. Montessori classrooms gather children in different ages and in Norlights Montessori school average number of students in one classroom is 8.
We really enjoyed a 3D overview of their school rooms. We discussed with colleagues that it would have been more exciting if we could control instead of Josef this "remote control" to explore more closely Montessori methodology learning tools.
In a Montessori classroom you will see hands-on learning EVERYWHERE! Although, in our school we also use this “project-based learning” by growing strawberry plants and organizing project days and campaigns, we could do it even more, especially in distant learning periods.
We enjoyed virtually the picturesque nature of Norway and the hospitality of Josef and Helge and hope to get a chance to visit Norlights Montessori School Stavanger in future.
Ave, Airit and Kristi from Illuka School
On the 26 th of April 2021 Lithuanian team had a great opportunity to have a digital mobility to Stavanger, Norway. Stunning mountain ranges, breathtaking sights left the biggest impression on us. So, if you are a nature lover, this place is a must- visit.
Also, we got to know that Stavanger is called a Smart City which is based on the citizen's needs and applies new technology to make the city a better place to live, reside and work.
What is more, Josef Berg, representative of Norlights Montessoriskole in Stavanger, guided us around his school that uses alternative pedagogics. It is one of those educational institutions that cares about children‘s development. The school helps children express themselves through creativity, using their imagination. It takes into account children‘s needs and demands. Every child is important as a personality and individuality.
We also learned about the system of education in Norway and cyber- wellbeing. All the group says thank you to our Latvian colleague Anna Pjatecka for her presentation about students motivation while studying online. We agreed that a teacher is an engine of the learning process and ‘‘If a child can‘t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn“(Ignacio Estrada).
English teachers Gražina Vaitkunskė and Marytė Jakubauskaitė
by Gražina Vaitkunskė, English teacher, Nordplus coordinator at Vilnius Municipality’s Grigiškės Šviesos gymnasium, Lithuania
DIGITAL MOBILITY TO "EDUKATEKA" IN KLAIPEDA
Despite travelling restrictions caused by the pandemic, we keep working on our project using online opportunities. We are happy to acknowledge that digital mobilities can be both effective and exciting. According to the project plan, on the 22th of February we had a digital mobility to PI "Edukateka" in Klaipeda, Lithuania. Being run by our outstanding colleagues Gediminas and Saulius, PI "Edukateka" provides a surprisingly wide range of informal education activities for children, young people and teachers, including English learning programme, folk dance, IT, theatre, dance studios, and Young Leader’s studio. We would like to thank Saulius and Gediminas for leading the digital mobility and sharing information about their informal education centre. Please find our project partners’ feedback on the digital mobility to "Edukateka" below.
Covid-19 has disrupted the way we work, the way we live and the way we participate in international projects. Due to Covid-19 situation, physical mobility activities cannot be implemented as planned. Our second Nordplus project mobility took also place virtually in 22 of February in MS Teams. This time we were in Klaipeda and our guides were Gediminas and Saulius from PI “Edukateka”
Klaipeda is the third largest city Lithuania and the fifth largest City in Baltics. At the beginning of our digital mobility, we watched a video Klaipeda- a city that delivers. I knew that Klaipeda is the most important and biggest Lithuanian transport hub and famous fot its port. Klaipeda State Seaport is the northernmost ice–free port on the Eastern coast of the Baltic Sea. Klaipeda region has become an increasingly popular tourist destination also by Estonians, it is famous for its beautiful white sandy beaches and last summer also some of my friends visited Klaipeda and Palanga.
Now that we were learned more about our host’s home city, it was time to get to know more about PI “Edukateka”. It is an educational and scholarly institution, which functions in an informal child, youth and adult education programs. They started in 2015 by teaching English for kids and later also for adults. Now they also offer to take part in photography, dance studios and IT activities. Their dance groups have won in many international contests.
PI “Edukateka” also organizes seminars, lectures for education specialist and parents, lately they organized an international conference “Living School: A Space to Create, Grow, Be”.
The main objective of our project is that each partner institution has to share their expertise in the use of digital tools. Saulius and Gediminas introduced us several different platforms and programs.
One of the programs we learned about was Canva. I use the online design program Canva for making posters. It is great and simple designing tool but sad fact is that it is expensive to use its Premium version.
The new program for me was Pixton. It can be used as comic maker and storyboard creator. I plan to use Pixton in future to create visual materials that engage students’ participation.
Also new platform that I have not use before is Edmodo. Edmodo is a free social learning platform for teachers, parents, and students. It is your all in one line of communication, grade book, and assessment tracker. It is very similar to our online application Stuudium where study materials, information about academic progress and simple messaging are accessible. It also connects students, parents and children in one online environment.
Thanks gentlemen for a memorable and educational trip to Klaipeda PI “Edukateka”.
by Ave Amor, PE teacher and a reacreation and project manager in Illuka School, Estonia
by Adriana Martinkevica, teacher of CLIL Educational Centre, Latvia
It is a public institution that aims to improve teacher's competencies and bring their ideas to life. Moreover, dance studio performance, graphic studio, IT studio, Little Bits, and Micro Nits for creating inventions are widely used during the studying process by making it a unique and effective way of learning. Moreover, Edukateka presented project activities such as “Cultural Education Program project in Klaipeda Region - Crossroads of Cultures”, Nordplus junior project “Dear to Share” where Edukateka has taken part and now implements different strategies during the teaching process. Representatives of Edukateka gave a brief view on e-learning programmes and tools such as Canva, Word Art, Pixton.
This mobility was helpful to me as I learned about new tools for online teaching. For example, I will use Pixton to teach English through team assignments and interpersonal communication, it will immerse students in the English environment and help to bring the "online barrier" down and imitate live communication as much as possible.
At the very beginning of the mobility, representatives of “Edukateka” introduced the peculiarities of Klaipeda, thus, I have learned that Klaipeda is one of the largest logistics hubs in the country, it is known for a flourishing chemical and pharmaceutical industry. Edukateka was established in 2015 and has been focusing on different types of education. “Edukateka” provides lectures, seminars, and socialprojects for adults.
by Anželika Grigaliūnė, teacher of Siauliai Sanatorium School, Lithuania
Three teaches from Šiauliai sanatorium school – Anželika Grigaliūnė, Iveta Mockutė and Andželika Jagminė had a great opportunity to take part in the second Nordplus project’s “Digital creative education” digital mobility that was led by “Edukateka” on the 22nd of February, 2021.
The hosts Saulius Rudelis and Gediminas Jonauskas presented their city Klaipėda and the educational centre “Edukateka”
“Edukateka” is an educational institution, which functions in informal child, youth and adult education programs. Were presented programmes for children: English language studio, children's dance studio "Aušrinė", ICT studio and photography studio. Also programmes for adults: English language studio, adults' dance collective, youth’s dance collective and what qualification programmes can be provided. Much attention was given to present and demonstrate Robots. It's so nice that “Edukateka” gives an ability for children and adults to spend their leisure time in a meaningful way, help to improve various competencies.
“Edukateka” is very strong at using and working with various ICT tools. They organize various seminars, courses for teachers helping to implement digital tools to make education more modern.
“Edukateka” as the educational center is also very active in various international projects. They took a part in several Nordplus and many eTwinning projects. They also actively participate in national or regional projects as well.
The digital mobility was very informative. We also were introduced by some new digital tools such as WordArt, Canva, Pixton EDU, Teamhood, Edmodo and learnt how to use them.
Thanks Saulius and Gediminas for a great opportunity to visit their institution and learn some new useful things.
by Violeta Kalandarašvili, English teacher at Vilnius Municipality’s Grigiškės Šviesos gymnasium, Lithuania
I’ve prepared a list of useful links, which I am going to try out during my own classes or just for my online presentations: 1)www.canva.com; 2)wordart.com; 3)pixton.com; 4)LearningApps.org 5)issuu.com; 6)wordwall.net and 7)SPOT – for e-learning, where we can create virtual forums and separate classes, as well as see progress of different age group students.
The online presentation of “Edukateka” was well designed and in my opinion it was very motivating for us, teachers. A big THANK YOU for the lecturers and the organizers of this project in general.
I had a great opportunity to participate and learn about centre “Edukateka” located in beautiful Klaipėda, its educational programmes for children and adults, vocational training opportunities, STEAM education (especially “Fablab”) and meet the experts, Saulius Rudelis and Gediminas Jonauskas, learn about the possibility to launch e-learning programmes and digital platforms for creating online courses and other platforms.
REPORTING ON THE DIGITAL TOOLS IMPLEMENTED IN NORDPLUS PARTNER ORGANISATIONS
On the 8th of February, according to the project plan, we had an online conference, where all partners presented their reports about a variety of digital tools they had implemented at schools. You will find a short review on new digital tools for learning used in every partnership organization further in this article.
PI "Edukateka" have chosen to implement digital teaching resource creation tool WordWall. Wordwall.net is a creative classroom activity maker, which allows to make various teaching resources in an easy way. All you must do is to choose a template, enter your content, and your teaching resource is ready to be printed off or to be played on the screen.
The platform allows to choose between 18 ready templates: Crossword, Random wheel, Quiz, Labelled Diagram, Match up, Group sort – these are only some of them. It is even possible to switch templates for your material or edit the template.
WordWall allows to make community and share your resources between teachers or students. The free version allows to create up to 5 resources.
At Siauliai Sanatorium School, since November 2020 to February 2021, teachers have implemented 5 digital tools, which help them in daily routines and make the educational process easier and more interesting. 11 Siauliai Sanatorium School teachers, 2 special pedagogues, a speech therapist and an administrator are active members of the project.
Kahoot! Is a well-known quiz and survey creation tool, which allows to make students’ learning process more engaging and interactive. Google and MS Teams forms are a modern way to create surveys and polls, for example if you need to collect feedback from parents.
Quizizz platform allows to choose a ready-made quiz on different topics, or create your own. Using Quizziz, students play a live game together or use the Homework Mode to work independently at their own pace. Students can use any device and complete the quiz. Quick feedback opportunities are very important for any teacher. Quizlet is a free website providing learning tools for students, including flashcards, study, and game modes. More than 40 million flashcards are available on website as well as 6 study and game modes.
Vilnius municipality Grigiškės "Šviesos" Gymnasium had broad experience working with Google Classroom platform to provide distance learning. To make learning process online more interesting, teachers also used bookcreator.com, mentimeter.com and
Mentimeter – allows to create interactive presentations, word clouds to get the real-time information input from students. Bookcreator is a simple tool for making digital books for learning. Freevoicerecorder is voice recording software, which can help you to record sound through a computer microphone to generate MP3 audio files.
lluka School in Estonia have chosen to implement Microsoft Teams as a reliable distance learning tool. Based on their previous experience with Zoom, they found MS Teams more secure, and they also positively evaluated integration of MS Teams with Office 365, Dropbox, Google Drive, which allows planning online meetings and discussions in different ways. In October, the first tutorials on how to use Teams for Illuka School personnel and children were organized, and it helped teachers ensure distance learning, which started in winter. Illuka School teachers regularly followed their students and colleagues’ progress in the use of Teams, organized surveys for students and teachers about using Teams, and gathered feedback about the platform and its efficiency in distance learning.