Summary (Max. 200 words in English, German, Spanish, French or Italian)
“My Home” Pupils from Kasiadorys A.Brazauskas secondary school (Lithuania) and Pitkäkangas primary school Oulunsalo (Finland) drew pictures, wrote descriptions of their pictures and sent them to each other by post. Later they made a collage, gave feedback to each other and communicated. They did the photography, taking digital photos of their owns homes, and placed the pictures on the FLE3 platform. The pupils also evaluated the project.The pupils’ motivation in English and Arts has improved a lot, and they now work longer and more patiently. They are more skilful in evaluating their own and their partners’ work. They are willing to have new pen pals and to practise their English. In the beginning we were all very enthusiastic about this project and I could hardly wait to begin. We outlined the project timetable together with my colleagues and we were all well motivated. Later, I had no difficulties to make my pupils do their part in this project; they used much their own free time to do their artwork better, to send e-mail to their partners and to write their project diary after the school days. I was most surprised that we had difficulties using FLE and PIM in this project. I have done many projects with this framework: Problem - my explanation - scientific explanation – evaluation of the process – summary. I spent too little time to think about how these knowledge types would suit our project. We looked at our timetable: now it is time to think about this or that and to write it into the FLE, and we made many mistakes with the FLE. In any case, the project was very successful and our pupils can list many, many things they have learned!
Summary of benefits and transferability (in English, German, Spanish, French or Italian)
I think that this was the best point in this project. Our colleagues were very interested, and some of them thanked me for including them in this project. It was interesting for us to learn much about the art projects in Lithuania. It was a very rewarding experience to learn from our partner-teacher Kristina how to use art in projects and inquiry-oriented learning. We have got an impression of her as a highly skilful and versatile art teacher. Kristina was our closest co-operator during this project. We were not able to motivate the parents to participate in this project. They were, however, happy about it and encouraged their children to do their best. Everybody encouraged us. Our pupils tried to give positive comments on their partner pupils’ drawings and then wrote about other matters, to continue their communication. Most of our pupils now have someone they know in Lithuania. It would really be very ncie to visit Kasiadorys and to meet the friends with whom we studied computer skills, English and art and learnt about each other’s home countries.