What’s the use of it?


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Meanwhile, every team will work in the final form of the lessons, using the experience and the conclusions of the previous meeting. We will involve students with ATS (Accelerated Thinking Syndrome) while working on the materials.

The third mobility will take place in May 2015, between teachers, and we will present and compare the final materials, the final curriculum to use in the classroom. A presentation of the use of MOODLE in loading and using the set of e-lessons.

Afterwards, each of the teachers will start to implement the methods in their respective schools: initial tests will be given to two pilot-classes from two countries (Romania and Turkey), one of which will be taught using the traditional approach and the other through the newly developed methods.

The fourth meeting will be in October 2015 with blended mobility with students and teachers. Teachers will teach using the lessons created previously, for classes with students from each country, and applications will be emphasised. Students will use the applications to solve problems in real life (economics, statistics, IT etc).

The fifth mobility will take place in February 2016 with participating teams of teachers together with students from each country. Students will be engaged in the learning environment of the other participating school, while teachers will have the opportunity to witness lessons taught by their peers. Subsequently, there will be debates in order to discuss the efficiency of the methods both from the teachers’ and the students’ perspectives. Furthermore, the two pilot-classes will be given another test to show progress and relevance of applying the new methods.

The next stage involves engaging students in peer learning: they will help their colleagues understand the notions better by becoming aware and even developing ways of explaining or teaching methods.

In May 2016 a final mobility will take place. The teams of students will present their methods of peer learning which they have found to be most efficient and they will apply them in their joint group work. This will benefit both the teachers and the students by providing important information about the learning experience.

The final evaluation will take place, interpreting the results of the tests, questionnaires and discussions, the intellectual output will be certified.

Every activity will be shown on the etwinnig project’s space.

“What’s the use of it?

The fact that the European job market has undergone major changes in recent years is undeniable and it is only natural that education should respond to the latest developments and requirements. As teachers we believe it is our responsibility to prepare our students to become proficient members of society, providing them with relevant skills that will later on help them cope with the job market. The Erasmus project is hoping to provide useful materials that will come to the aid of both students and teachers in order to create a more attractive learning environment, using ICT based methodologies, in connection to Key Action 2, Strategic Partnerships in the field of education, teaching and youth.

One of the most frequent questions maths teachers get is “What’s the use of it?”(  or “where will I use this in real life?”), so we plan to give a possible answer to this, using our project. More exactly, we’ll use “Functions”-the chapter of maths- in applications of economics, statistics, IT. The title of the project is “What’s the use of it ?”.

Our main goal is to approach teaching Mathematics (sciences) in an innovative way and we are looking to create alternative lessons for the chapter ‘Applications of functions’. (“Applications”) This will be done by combining four physical mobilities with virtual mobilities in between the six participating countries: Austria, Cyprus, Croatia, Spain, Romania and Turkey. Hence we will have both the ability to meet and create lessons in English and the languages of the participating countries, as well as make use of communication technologies, such as  live streaming, video conferences, social media, etwinning, MOODLE etc.

Efficient communication will enable us to develop a series of activities that will engage both students and teachers:

Firstly, we aim to provide linguistic training, which would entail gaining basic skills in the languages of the participating countries, through on-line lessons- we will use the twin space of the project on etwinning.

The first mobility, which is to take place in October 2014, will  be a meeting between teachers of Mathematics  (sciences),English, IT, the purpose of which is to plan the    curriculum and the activities.

After having established a plan, we will keep in touch by means of communication technologies in order to prepare materials, lessons, tests, etc.

In February 2015 a second mobility will take place, again between teachers, where we will compare the materials and lessons we have prepared and work together in order to obtain a final format.