Topic: Digital content creation
Date: 24/10/2021 – 30/10/2021
Hosting school: Sint-Gummarus College (Belgium)
The second Short-Term Joint Staff Training Event between teachers of each school has taken place from 24th to 30th of October 2021 at Sint-Gummarus College in Lier (Belgium).
24th Oct 2021 – Sunday
That was the arrival day of the participants at Lier. Colleagues from the hosting school picked up all partners from the airport in Brussels.
25th Oct 2021 – Monday
This was the first day of the working sessions. The participants met the headmaster and other teachers of the hosting school. The headmaster, Tom Jansen, with his opening speech emphasized all the reasons that education should turn to digital. Since it was the first time that all participants were together, after the pandemic due to COVID-19, they had to rearrange the cross-student events and agree new selection criteria. Professor Giovanni Santoro, coordinator of the project, attended the meeting with videoconference and explained the project of the art and guided all the further implementation discussed. The importance of the meeting underlined also by the Mayor of Lier, Rik Verwaest, who personally welcomed the teachers and gave a guided tour of Lier since he had studied history. The afternoon ended with the hosting school providing a welcome lunch to the participants and other members of the hosting school such as the Finance Director of the school.
26th Oct 2021 – Tuesday
During the second working day, all participants travelled to Hasselt. The destination was the PXL university in where professor Wouter Hustinx explained the aims and the necessity of going digital in education as this is an area that PXL university specializes. The participants had demonstrations in four themes: e-learning, 360 VR, podcasting, knowledge clips on how they implement digital learning and the ways they support the students. Digital learning also includes recordings and providing video lessons but also of great importance is the training of the future teachers. Professor Hustinx referred to the four building blocks of digital learning and pointed out the importance of each of them: educational vision, digital competences and professional development, hardware and infrastructure, software and digital learning content. Then, the participants had a guided tour to other areas of the University where they could observe the processes followed to do the video lessons and ways to include 360 VR into the lessons. Participants had lunch at the University cafeteria. Since in Belgium the culture of cycling is widely spread, the participants rent bikes and had an amazing experience cycling through the water in one of the most famous cycling routes in Hasselt (37 Km).
27th Oct 2021 –Wednesday
Wednesday was the day for Job-Shadowing. Teachers were divided in smaller groups and visited the classes for biology, history (in English) and German language. Teachers had the chance to observe a different way of teaching and how the hosting teachers involved technology into their classes. For some partners this experience was very educative because they could see innovative ways of digital learning in practise. After the job shadowing, one of the hosting teachers gave a tour of the school.
After school, all participants has an excursion to Brussels and specifically visited the Parlementarium, an educational place in order to meet the history and the purposes of the European Union.
28th Oct 2021 – Thursday
The fourth day started with a videoconference with the coordinator of the project. Each topic was analysed further and the participants made suggestions about the processes that would be followed and the products that would be produced by the students. Additionally, the dates of the exchanges were fixed again and also the timeline of the whole project according to the timetable of each participating school. Dates were changed from the initial report but not the groups of hosting and visiting schools and the order of the topics. The coordinator presented the risks for every situation and participants agreed to the procedures that would follow during the selection of the students due to COVID19 regulations. Next topic was the documents that should be produced by each school and the ways of sharing. Furthermore, the organisation of the exchange week was explained and the responsibilities of each hosting/visiting school and students. Another vivid topic that was analysed in detail was the control of the budget. Participants had questions about the procedures covered by each part of the budget and their obligations, so everything was made clear to everybody by the participants of the coordinating school. Finally, ways of dissemination were suggested by participants and each product – working space (such as project website, YouTube channel, E-twinning, evaluation etc.) was assigned to each participating school.
After project work at school, the participants visited Mechelen by train. There they had lunch and they had a guided tour to Kazerne Dossin. The German occupier used the Kazerne Dossin as an assembly camp for Belgian Jews and gypsies. Many transportations deported to Auschwitz Birkenau. The day ended with a guided tour of the beautiful city of Mechelen.
29th Oct 2021 – Friday
On Friday, another workshop was carried out focusing on Tik/Tok. A teacher from hosting school, expert on arts and video production, provided a workshop to participants about how to use tik/tok in classroom. Firstly, the expert helped the other teachers to download the application and taught them the basic characteristics and steps needed in order to make a tik/tok video. After their own experience, all teachers created their own Tik/Tok and then discussed the ways that this software tool can be used in the classroom in different subjects. After the workshop, all partners completed the evaluation form of the week, the meeting protocol was drawn up and signed by all local coordinators and all paperwork requested in compliance with the Erasmus+ regulations were done. Quality checks are made at all points in order to ensure that nothing was missed. All partners recognised the meaning of the project and the impact of teamworking processes. They were enriched with the benefits of knowing the ways that can involve technology in classroom.
In the afternoon of this last working day a dissemination event organised by Sint-Gummaruscollege and involving foreign partners as well as teachers, students, parents, stakeholders and the local press took place in the auditorium of the school. The headmaster of the school referred to the great importance of digital education and digital competences of the teachers. He expressed his support for this Erasmus+ program and his confidence about the outcomes of the program for teachers and students. This event was a great opportunity to present the project and the partner schools. It is important to highlight that the Belgian team welcomed the partners in a warm and friendly way, showing competence in the organisation and a great sense of cooperation, making everyone feel at home and at the same time allowing a real intercultural exchange of good practice.
30th Oct 2021 – Saturday
All participants departured this day, with the help of the hosting teachers having enriched their professional development with great seminars and workshops organized by the Belgian school.