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Statistics and You: European Quality Schools

Juan Luis Salguero Rodríguez, from I.E.S. “Campos de San Roque”, who was awarded the European Quality label for a math project, conducted in English, explains;

The project:“ Statistics and you “ involved three schools: Gimnazjum im. Jana Pawła II w Krempachach, Poland, Scuola Media Statale „L.Sinisgalli” Potenza, Italy and IES “Campos de San Roque, Spain.

quality statisticsThe aim of the project was to use Maths in everyday activities and to improve the level of students’ English competence. Furthermore, for enhancing students’ media competence and better knowledge of culture in other countries in the EU.

Pupils from each partner school was to collect data about themselves, and other students like themselves. Hereafter, they collated it in simple statistic surveys. This, was then exchanged with their partner schools and evaluated. This way, we could apply mathematics to the everyday life of the students, their surroundings and family background, hereby developing a better understanding of each other. English language was to be used to develop the project, and learning about the use of this language, as a means of communication.

The project was divided in three steps:

First step was for the students to elaborate the questionnaires that they wanted to administer at a selected sample of students. Secondly, the statistical data, based on answers of 50 students in each country, was analyzed and interpreted. But it was also printed for presentations, by all of the schools. Third; on the 27th March we made a short movie called “One day of my life”. Time of each scene was proportional to time in a real life: 12 seconds = 1 hour. Allowing us to show and to compare a timetable of the student’s day in each country.

All the results were shown to the rest of the students, parents and other teachers during public presentations which took place in Poland and Spain on 29th April, and in Italy one week later.

European Quality Award, Continued

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eu quality awardMarián Reguera González and her students from IES Valle de Piélagos who has received the European Quality Award for the project:  “So different, so similar”.

Aiming to motivate the students, by getting in touch with other teenagers in Europe.  Beginning with students from Spain, Poland and Greece, and later incorporating students from Germany and Italy.

First step was to exchange some familiar information on-line: Individual presentations, environment, national highlights etc. After the first year it was time to do further work together, so we developed a the title of the project by producing a questionnaire covering different areas of the life of a teenager today. So at this point  to improve the quality we added the two final partners; Germany and Italy.

Using the computer lab once a week we produced Power Point presentations of results and the students sent their work to the teacher to upload. The graphics was produces with the use of MS Excel and Power Point. At the moment we are working on a video to be uploaded to TwinSpace, where the students have and interactive forum and can comment on posts etc. Knowing about other students and their life has been one of the benefits and having new friends, in other European countries.

Using a foreign language in the project has been the most innovative aspect of the project. It has been a 17-month project with excellent results, both for our students and the teachers involved in it. Students now feel how they are taking part in shaping a common European citizenship.

They have been learning a lot while using one of their favorite learning tools; the computer.

European Quality Award

Nuria Batlle Irigoyen from IES Montserrat:

eu quality award“What we could say is most innovative in this project is its structure and
the way the students have worked and have developed their creativity”.

In 2007 the students of Ulenhofcollege, in Doetinchem, Holland and the students of IES Montserrat, in Barcelona, Spain, exchanged features of personal life and cultural heritage. This to learn from one another by communicating about their respective cultures. Comparing Dutch and Spanish/Catalan culture through group work and discovering what they share and what they do differently.

In this, the first year, teachers contributed with typical traditions from their home countries.

In 2008 the Catalan and the Dutch students created imaginative stories and tales. They learned from each other by communicating and working in groups by doing shared tasks. And here they had the opportunity to discover what they agree on and what they do differently. Writing 22 very imaginative stories, ranging from science fiction, fantasy, love story, historical event to real horror and thrilling adventure. Each story is based on a common structure and has been developed differently according to the specific way that the participants have chosen to build it. The contents of the project in both 2007 and 2008 are different but the procedures and the general aims are the same. We wanted the students to be well informed about the objectives of the project, the tools to be used, the tasks and assignments to be carried out and the pattern and order they should follow. Enhancing their ability to work collaboratively in international groups. But also to be autonomous, creative and having fun.

Our aims also included the improvement of the students’ skills in reading and writing English. Promoting respect and consideration.

In the second year, the teachers added an illustrated story of their own, created beforehand. A work constantly progressing. Teachers continued to work on their story as did the students.

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