Digital Creative Education
REPORTING ON DIGITAL TOOLS IMPLEMENTED IN PARTNERSHIP ORGANISATIONS
On the 8th of February according to our project plan we had online conference, where all the project partners presented their reports about implemented digital tools. You will find a short review in this article about new digital tools for learning in every partnership organization.
PI "Edukateka" have chosen to implement digital teaching resources creation tool WordWall. wordwall.net is positioned as a creative classroom activity maker, which allows to create various teaching resources in easy way. All you have to do is to choose a template, enter your content and your teaching resource is ready to be printed off or to be played on screen.
The platform allows to choose between 18 ready templates: Crossword, Random wheel, Quiz, Labelled Diagram, Match up, Group sort – 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. Free version allows to create 5 resources.
Siauliai sanatorium school since November 2020 to February 2021 teachers have implemented 5 digital tools to help teachers in daily duties as also to make educational process more easy and interesting. In project are involved 11 Siauliai Sanatorium school teachers, 2 special pedagogues, speech therapist and administrator.
Among implemented tools there are Kahoot!, Quizlet, Google forms and MS Teams forms, Quizizz and Classroomscreen – online tool that allows to display the instruction for your lesson in classroom in visual way.
Kahoot! Is well-known quiz and survey creating tool, which allows to make learning process more interesting and interactive. Google and MS Teams forms – is easy and modern way to create surveys and polls, as example if you need to collect a feedback from parents.
Quizizz platform allows to choose ready quiz on different topics, or create your own quiz. Using the Quizz students play a live game together or use Homework Mode. Students can use any device and progress independently. It is very important for teacher, that it is possible to put feedback to students’ work. 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 and 6 study and game modes will help to track the progress.
Vilnius municipality Grigiškės "Šviesos" gymnasium had an experience with Google Classroom platform to provide distance learning. To make learning process online more interesting teachers used also bookcreator.com, mentimeter.com and freevoicerecorder.com platforms. Mentimeter – allows to create interactive presentations, word clouds to get real time input. Bookcreator is a simple tool for making digital books for learning. Freevoicerecorder is voice recording software, it can help you to record sound through the computer microphone to generate MP3 audio files.
Illuka school in Estonia have chosen to implement Microsoft Teams as reliable distance learning tool. Based on their previous experience with Zoom, they found MS Teams more secure, as also positively evaluated integration with Office 365, Dropbox, Google Drive, ability to plan online meetings and discussions in different ways. In October there were organized first tutorials How to use Teams for Illuka school personal and children, and already in winter distance learning for all the classes was organized in MS Teams. Illuka school teachers regular followed the the students and colleagues progress using the Teams, as also organized surveys for students and teachers using Teams to collected feedback about the platform and feeling about distant learning.
The curriculum of Norlights Montessori School in Norway includes programming in Mathematics, Science, and Arts and Crafts. One of implemented digital tool was tiny micro:bit computer for 5-7 years student provided within The Savings Bank Foundation DNB program in Norway. The BBC micro:bit is a pocket-sized computer that introduces to children how software and hardware work together. It has an LED light display, buttons, sensors and many input/output features that, when programmed, let it interact with children and their world. Here you can find more about micro:bit project in Norway.
Talking about digital tools for distance learning Norlights Montessori School are familiar with Skolen platform from Cappelen Damm. The platform seems to include all the necessary tools. There you can find teaching aids that will help you with Norwegian, mathematics, English, science, social studies. The library with over than 250 books is available at Skolen. Here you will find books in several genres for all ages. Teachers and students get selected children's books translated into a number of different languages. Teachers can plan the teaching and send the content directly to the students, and able to follow the work and the academic progression in the statistics tool. As a teacher, you have access to all steps in each subject.
One more interesting platform from Norway – Salaby. Salaby is positioned as digital learning universe for kindergarten and primary school. At Salaby.no you will find a wealth of resources in all subjects at all levels of primary school. It is also multilingual resource to
support children with Norwegian as a second language. The content includes games, activities, films and assignments. All content in Salaby supports the curriculum's competence goals and the framework plan for the kindergarten in Norway.
CLIL Educational Centre reported on implementation of two digital tools – Quizizz and Britannica Digital Learning. Digital tools and learning platforms for teachers in Latvia are very actual, because distant learning for all the students from 1st till 12th form continues for already three months since December. Implementation of Quizizz is a result of collaboration within our project, the resource was introduced by one of partner schools during previous meeting.
Quizizz focuses on learners’ engagement and motivation. Resource allows to find or create free gamified quizzes and interactive lessons to engage any learner. CLIL Educational Centre teachers created and used ready quizzes at online lessons, as also for Assignments for students’ independent work. Using the tool is also an easy way for instant reporting to parents while all the parents love to get updates on their child’s performance. As a teacher you can measure, control and overview situation in all the class. Quizezz Overview tab displays data about students’ comprehension level in a grid format, that makes it easier to identify learning gaps.
Britannica Digital Learning provides complex approach in blended and remote learning support, guidance and resources. On Britannica digital platform you can download a remote resiliency checklist which can help to keep digital tools in structure to thrive in change and uncertainty. There are various learning solutions on the platform, in daily educational work CLIL Educational Centre teachers use some of them: Britannica School, Britannica LaunchPacks, organized data base of images Britannica ImageQuest, and early learning tool for kindergarten Britannica Fundamentals.
Britannica School adjusts content to learning level – elementary, middle and high. Use the search tool to find the content about your topic and choose and set one of 3 levels. The content includes articles, magazines, videos and lots of other materials in English.
Britannica LaunchPacks are intended to provide teachers and students access to rich, high-quality, and diverse content sets that are easily found and used. The content in each Pack relates to a specific topic in social studies and science subjects that is vital to learning. Each Pack offers resources that allow teachers great flexibility in their use. Through annotation tools, multilevel articles, diverse content types, students engage with text, develop critical-thinking and reading skills.
It is pleasure to know, that all the Digital Creative Education project participants succeed in implementing digital tools in their educational institutions. There are different approaches in remote and mixed learning organization for all the countries, and variety of free digital tools for learning allows to create customized approach for each educational organization. The interactions with digital tools are quite simple, which allows to operate with multiple tools within one lesson. Our project helps to connect teachers from different countries, motivates them to be agile and choose appropriate tools to gain good learning results during distant and mixed learning. We understand that behind easy looking digital learning stands very hard and time consuming teachers job. We thank all the project participants for sharing their experience!
INTERNATIONAL ONLINE CONFERENCE "LIVING SCHOOL: A SPACE TO CREATE, GROW, BE"
On the 9th of February, our Partner public institution „Edukateka“ and Klaipėda Gedminai progymnasium
have organised International online Conference "Living School: A Space to Create, Grow, Be", where took part two speakers from Coordinating institution CLIL educational centre.
Four hour conference consisted of 10-15 minute reports of speakers from Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece and other countries. The aim of the conference was to share best practices about the development of an educational institution as a living organization, creating opportunities for each student to achieve better results according to their abilities.
The participants of the conference were teachers, principals, deputies and other educational specialists from European countries.The main objective of the conference was to share experience between countries and teachers on how to organize the educational process in a conventional, remote or mixed way. During the conference speakers shared their personal experience, examples, practically applied methods. The presentations covered topics about ICT innovations, advanced and non-traditional teaching methods and techniques, activities to promote the expression of students’ creativity, innovative teaching tools and their application to improve the quality of teaching and learning.
The record of the conference is available on "Edukateka" YouTube cahnnel:
Two speakers from CLIL educational centre took part in the conference: Veronika Skripačova with topic "Digital Tools to Foster Students’ Productive Skills and Independence in Language Acquisition" and Adriana Martinkēviča with her topic "Implementation of team assignments in the learning process and tracking their effectiveness using electronic resources". We thanк Veronika and Adriana for their presentations and we are grateful to the conference organizers for managing the event.
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.