|Sumár projektu:||The common history of the European countries meets us at every turn and has a great impact on the present. We want every project participant – but first and foremost the students – to become aware of our common European heritage. They should become able to identify potentially dangerous developments and problems, so that they can stand up for peace and unity. However, you can only identify problems when you have the necessary background knowledge that enables you to make the right judgements. Thus, we will focus on our history as well as on the history of our partners, showing the mutual interdependencies. The students should learn the importance of an active EU citizen.
The objective of the project is an increase in knowledge and intercultural competence. The project will most certainly serve this objective as we will work together respectfully breaking down prejudices. When we work together in teams, democracy will be promoted. Furthermore, the participants will understand the need to learn foreign languages. We are going to explore historic sites and monuments making us aware of the European heritage. One part of the project is that students design and do city tours themselves. That should make clear to them that history, tourism and economic growth go together. Teachers teaching history, languages, geography, the arts, social studies, religious education and information technology are involved in the project at each participating school. Students aged between 14 – 17 years will work on the various projects and five students from each school will join the meetings. The city of Waldkraiburg as well as the museum in Komarno support the project.
The students will be working on the project in their regular school lessons or in special Erasmus teams. At international meetings, the students will be working in international teams. To make sure that students with special needs have equal opportunities, special attention will be given to those participants enabling them to join the international meetings.
We have chosen this particular age group because those students have a sufficient command of the English language. In addition to that, students at that age are facing a challenging time in their lives. The project strengthens their self-confidence and self-reliance. They will experience that school can be fun, and that school is a way of finding international friends. Furthermore, the will meet their teachers in a relaxed environment. This should encourage those students who struggle at school and are at the risk of dropping out to finish their education.
At the beginning of the project we are going to create a website on eTwinning where we are presenting our results. Teachers and students alike are going to communicate via eTwinning. Each school is going to have an Erasmus pinboard to inform everybody about the latest developments. Besides, each school is creating a logo for the project, and a contest is going to determine the final logo for our project.
Each school is doing projects with respect to historic sites in its district. The results will be available via QR-codes to all people visiting the site. In Spain, they will broadcast on the radio interviews on past and present events. In this way, students and teachers alike will be working with modern media, such as mp3, podcasts, videos and social networks.
The project will be evaluated with a questionnaire and a Kahoot quiz. The highlight of the project is, of course, the teamwork in the participating countries. A book that will be designed by all participants will show the history of each place and make the historic connections clear. After its finalisation, it will be on display in the different school libraries. The city tour with its QR-codes on metal plates has long-term benefits for the city of Waldkraiburg. The same holds true for our eTwinning website as it will be linked to all websites of the participating schools.