Bereits seit 2010 besteht unsere Partnerschaft zu der Titus Salt High School in England www.titussaltschool.co.uk. Die Schule befindet sich in Baildon, das ist etwa eine Stunde nordöstlich von Manchester.
Für die Jahre 2016 - 2018 haben wir einen Projektantrag beim Pädagogischen Austauschdienst auf EU Fördermittel gestellt und genehmigt bekommen. Mit diesen Geldern organisieren wir nun ein Projekt verbunden mit drei Schüleraustauschen.
Unser Projekt heißt 'appy to teach languages. In diesem Projekt erstellen wir eine App und Lernmaterial für den Anfangsunterricht (Grundschule) in den Sprachen Deutsch, Englisch, Spanisch und Französisch. Die Schüler/innen können sich aussuchen, in welchem Bereich des Projektes sie arbeiten möchten. Dazu werden verschiedene Gruppen gebildet (Programming, App-Design, Linguists, Public Relations, Marketing und Merchandise, Language Teachers). Für die Laufzeit der Teilnahme am Projekt bekommt jeder Schüler / jede Schülerin ein Tablet zur Verfügung gestellt. Das Projekt läuft nun bereits und die erste Gruppe wird eine Rohversion der App erstellen und diese dann an die Nachfolgende Gruppe weitergeben. Am Ende der drei Jahre wollen wir eine voll funktionstüchtige App online stellen.
Unser erstes Projektjahr
During the first year of the project we have sustained a meaningful and successful working relationship between the two schools and have worked collaboratively to meet many of the project aims for this first year.
During autumn 2015 students taking part in the project were selected and made first contact. Detailed planning was underway from September but the first planning meeting took place in November in Cuxhaven and the students began working on the project in January 2016. Titus Salt School have also been to regular planning meetings with Bradford University, who are supporting us with their IT knowledge. We have had Skype sessions with Titus Salt School throughout the year to ensure that the students continued to work collaboratively. During the first Skype session students worked in groups to design different aspects of the language learning app. This included designing the characters, deciding on the “journey” that the app would take, which language would be taught and which other features the app needed to be successful with primary school children. Our students also communicated well through the chat option in ETwinning to ensure that the dialogue was constant throughout the year. There was a further planning meeting at Titus Salt School school in March to ensure that the exchange visits were planned and would enable us to complete the activities successfully.
During the first exchange visit, Titus Salt School visited us and spent the week working on the intellectual outputs and planned for the multiplier events. Students were grouped so that they could focus on different aspects of the project. A group of students worked with two Bradford University students on the app. Our students designed images for the language games and they came up with different colloquial phrases that could be added to the app. They also made videos of the language being used so that these could be added to the app. Another group planned language lessons that could be used during the language festivals. At the end of this exchange they also taught the other project participants their lessons so that they could be delivered by all the students in the project. A group of students were responsible for dissemination of the project and they created a blog about the project and tweeted about it. There was another group that planned the dissemination event and produced presentations about the project. Towards the end of the week there was a dissemination event held at the Haus der Jugend in Cuxhaven. Information about our project was shared with visitors from a school in India and the local community. There was also a presentation to the whole school community of our school and the mayor of Cuxhaven and the local press were present too.
During the second exchange visit, we travelled to Shipley to visit Titus Salt School. During this week, we delivered three language festivals to 150 pupils from three local primary schools. The language festivals took the form of a carousel of activities. The students worked in small groups to deliver their language lessons and show the app. The primary students were able to test level one of the app on tablets. Primary students and teachers also filled in a survey on the dissemination event. These were extremely successful and everyone benefited from them. At the end of the week there was a multiplier event held to show people from our local community what we produced over the year.
When we conducted our market research on what primary school children like in an app, it became evident that they were already very aware of high tech games with stunning visual content. Therefore the Bradford University students took the lead on the programming. What we do have, however, is a quality app that met pupil expectation. During the first year, we hoped that we would have a few apps, but we felt it better to complete one high quality app with many features and to factor in the apps created by the students in the next two years of the project. We also did not manage to have a Dragons’ Den activity this year as there was only one app to showcase. This is something that will happen next year or the year after when there is more content that the students can show.