Once Upon aTime via ICT
There are six partner countries involved in this project, the Czech Republic, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Turkey and Lithuania. Both, teachers and students from 6 to 15 will participate in the project. We will also involve people from public, such as parents and writers and illustrators. Important partner from outside will also be students of comprehensive school for bookbinders in Lanškroun, who will help us to create our printed book.
During the two-year project we will work on wide range of activities leading to our main objectives. We will produce a collection of national fairy tales and legends from six countries that will be formed in eBook, audio book and printed book. The stories will be accompanied with illustrations of students realized in the illustration competitions.
We want to engage all the students at our schools into the project, so all the students will have a chance to take part in the competitions and they will also be the voters for the best illustrations. The book will be supplemented by a workbook consisting of worksheets that the students together with their teachers will prepare for each story in the book to develop reading skills. The worksheets will be examined during the project by students and teachers in English lessons. Each story included in the book will also have at least two learning resources such as flashcards, matching games, colouring pages or dominoes to help reinforce new vocabulary or grammar structures. During working meetings chosen students will read the stories, work with the texts, do the worksheets and also write new stories set in the host country. Each host school will
prepare a theater performance for their guests where one or more fairy tales or legends will be performed as a theater play. In Lithuania a special method called Theater Forum will be introduced to mobility participants. This method will enable to put fairy tales and legends in the context of contamporary social issues such as gender and human rights. While working on activities, we will rely a lot on using ICT technologies. All the key teachers will have a course on how to use web 2.0 tools for creating various kinds of learning materials. They will then transmit their knowledge to their colleagues and students. A wide range of activities enables us to use different approaches, students will work individually, they will work in pairs and in groups. They will be allowed great deal of autonomy to decide what and how they want to do when creating learning mateirals for stories. Thus they will have to analyze, use their critical thinking, be innovative and use their creativity. They will also need to express and justify their opinion or decision.
The eBook, audio book, workbook and learning materials will be shared as open teaching resources on project web page, school web pages, at Erasmus+ Project Result Platform and School Education Gateway. The printed version of the book will be stored in school libraries for students and teachers to borrow. From long time perspective the teachers will benefit from the acquired knowledge of using digital technologies and having new teaching materials for their classes. They will get inspired by new teaching methods they will experience on their mobilities. Students will also benefit from improved digital skills, as they can help them in their future carriers. Developing of writing and reading skills should help prevent our students from early school leaving, because who can read and write well can do better at all kinds of schools.