Meeting Turkey

İSTANBUL TRANSNATIONAL MEETING PROGRAM from 22nd to 28th April, 2018.

Walking through the streets from  the old city center, we coud visit Gülhane park, an extraordinary park and its beaut,  different varieties of tulips with so different and nice colors.
Another typical Istanbul location is the Bazaars, of which the Egyptian Bazaar stands out, where you can find a bit of everything and especially spices.
The newest mosque is located near this Bazaar, where we passed and crossed the Galata bridge towards the Galata Tower.

The visit of Panorama Museum shows us the history of taking Istanbul, it refers to an event that occurred
on May 29, 1453, when this Byzantine city was seized by the Ottoman Turks led by Sultan Mehmed II.
View of the Kariye Museum (Chora) and the Mayor of Bayrampaşa. Bayrampaşa is suburban district of Istanbul, Turkey on the European side of the city.
We visited Workshops in a Turkish Islamic Center “the Art of Calligraphy” and “The Art of Tile” in which in addition to the final result, we could try and learn the process of creation.

Meeting of teachers in the Sultan’s chamber at the Bayrampaşa Youth Center.
Seminar on “History of Greek-Byzantine-Ottoman and Turkish” by Mrs.Sümeyye Eroğlu.
Seminar on “21st Century Skills for Today’s Students” by Mrs.Sermin Can and Seminar on “Multiculturalism” by Mr.Yücel Kılıç.

Teachers’ Final Project Meeting.
We Visited to Topkapı Palace, Hagia Sophia Museum, Sultanahmet Blue Mosque Basilica Cistern. On the Transition from Europe to Asia: Visit to Maiden’s (Leander’s) Tower and Çamlıca Hill (one of the 7 hills), Bosphorus Boat Tour Shows and Farewell Party.

All the days we had working at turkish school to know the school activities, school projects, teachers and students. Everyday we had meetings to work in the final project, about the resources, the different contributions and timings to finish all the documents and works in time.

The webpage, the moodle, the booklet, the photos, the dissemination and the coordination leading by Alessandra Castelli helped by all delegations.

Summarizing, we can say that all the distribution of work was checked and revised, all noted what remained to be completed, having defined a timetable for the different phases of document completion, tabulation of results and conclusions, dissemination of conclusions. The dissemination has been worked from the beginning, from the dissemination in leaflets, posters, publications in newspapers and magazines, school pages among others.

Meeting in Germany

The meeting took place from 19st to 24th February, 2018 and was held in Mariengymnasium School in Bocholt, Germany.

Teachers’ activities:
Attendance on two Seminars on best practices:

– “Noontime supervision of younger students” and “New methods of teaching local economics and marketing”;
–  Teachers’ work meeting on the project.
– Attending two seminars on best practices: “Inklusion – Opportunities at Mariemgymnasium School for students with special need”, by A. Döring and “Career Guidance at Mariemgymnasium”, by S. Brinkmann.
– The teachers did a factory tour and visited the company Rose Biketown – a global player in individual sports bike production and e-commerce.
– Attendance on teachers’ seminars and multinational workshops on best practices: “School social work”, by M. Kleinewegen” and “Bilingual school education and school-leaving qualifications”, by S. Brune-Berns.
– The teachers visited Bocholt weekly market and had a typical German lunch: “Pommes und Currywurst” and in evening they did a walk in Bocholt
– Teachers had a third meeting on the project and the coordinators of the different countries discussed the last details for the meeting in Turkey;

Students’ activities:

–  Students visited the school with their hosts and attendant on some school lessons.
–  Students had participated on workshops on the tasks they had prepared: presentation of national products (surveys, essays and videos).
– Students and teachers participated on a historical walk around Bocholt.
– Visit to Bocholt Textile Museum and attendance on a workshop programme: “Are you a player? – The App”; “Office 1.0: How office work was successful without phone or computer”;
– Presentation by a Bocholt textile business person on his business (CEO). Group discussion on the presentation by the students.
– Students had participated in multinational workshops continuing the previous works on the project at Mariemgymnasium School;
– Both students and teachers had a guided tour to Dusseldorf media harbor: example of change of economic and cultural structure; tour from warehouse district to services and art quarter and visited  “Kunstsammlung NRW, Standehaus Museum, Installation Tomas Sarazeno.;
– All the delegations walked in KO-Allee, most famous place of fashion trade of Düsseldorf and visited the Old City Centre and precinct – traditional Rhinelandish pub, banks of River Rhine.
– Each delegation and their host partners participated in the multinational workshops and prepared their final group presentations.
– All delegations participated in the final presentation of the multinational group work results;
– Participation on a European Competition: small activity performed by each international group (song, game, sports presentation).
– All delegations visited the world’s biggest Computer Museum “Heinz Nixdorf Museumsforum” and participated in workshops on digitalization lab and robotics;
–  Participation on a daytrip to Paderborn, a medieval town of Emperor Charles I, guided by smartphone app: Cathedral, imperial palace, river head area of the Paderborn;

It was also decided that the meeting in Istambul, Turkey will take place from 22 to 27 April 2018.

 

Work Activities in the German Erasmus+ Meeting for the Goals of the project EduCareFully – Economy and Marketing / exchanges of best practices of learning and teaching methods (coop work of German students and teachers involved)

Monday, 19th Feb. 2018
European Students: On our first day together in Bocholt, Germany, our student guests visited our school and attended lessons together with us. We went to the Erasmus+ Corner in our school to watch the posters about the previous meetings and to inform the students not directly involved in the other meetings about the programme and work results.

In the lessons we exchanged experiences in different subjects and talked about the similarities and differences in lessons and schools. After that all the teams were welcomed by the headmaster of our school and afterwards by the deputy mayor of Bocholt in the town hall.
In the afternoon we formed multinational teams and presented our national products we had prepared for the meeting on the topic business world and marketing in Europe. These were the essays on Soul Kitchen ( a film on a business career of a migrant), the computer- based surveys on how advertisements appeal to the young generation, the generation of the parents and the grandparents. And last on the videos which were recorded interviews of business people from the participating European countries.
European Teachers: We spent the morning with the students. In the afternoon we attended seminars for an exchange of best practices concerning teaching, learning, and promoting students individually. One lecture was held by two students of Mariengymnasium Bocholt who are supervisors in the Noontime Supervision Department for younger students who spent afternoons at school and are supported with their school work, social activities and in their special needs. Another one dealt with methods of teaching local economics and marketing in Social sciences at our school. After each presentation we exchanged experiences with all European colleagues.

Tuesday, 20th Feb. 2018
Teachers and students met at the local Textile Museum to attend activities centering around digitalization of the world of work. Participants had to use an app in order to find out what type of business person would fit in with their personalities and were introduced to a by-gone time of office work without any digital tools like telephone and computers. At the end of the morning a work report was given by a business person, who talked to students and teachers about his work as a global player in the production and distribution of beds, and bedding items. This person´s career is a lively proof of how companies from rural areas can play a role in global business and of the importance to be prepared for a European world of work.
The afternoon was dedicated to the multinational students workshops again and for the teachers to further seminars of how students with special needs (Inclusion) are integrated into regular schools to lead them to individual social and school subject learning in Bocholt and the other participants´ schools all over Europe. Another seminar dealt with different European experiences and methods of how to guide the careers of young students in European during and after their school years and of how to achieve a smooth transition from school to work life.

Teachers Lecture on School Social Work

Wednesday, 21st Feb. 2018
This day was an education day outside school for both students and teachers. We went to Düsseldorf where we attended guided tours around the media harbor, a place of economic and cultural structural changes. Once an active warehouse district it has become a quarter for service companies
and arts events and a place of modern industrial architecture. The teams got to know that the world of work is subject to immense changes. As a consequence, both teachers and learners have to develop skills and competences which enable them to react flexibly.

Guided Tour in Düsseldorf Harbour

On the famous fashion street Kö-Allee the students had a competition, where they got insights into the world of consumerism.
The disadvantages of consumerism were the topic of our visit to an exhibition in the museum “Ständehaus” by the artist Tomas Sarazeno. His installation “in orbit” is meant to critically point at the risks of making parts of the world uninhabitable by pollution, one of the dark sides of consumerism.

Installation “inOrbit”

We visited the company “Rose – biketown” as an example of a local company that has developed from a small family enterprise into an important player in e-commerce as a European exporter of individually assembled sport bikes and bike parts. We got insights into the assembling process and different work places and their respective educational qualifications

Visit to BikeTown

The rest of the day was spent on preparing the final European workshop results and presenting them to the school community. Different groups of students analysed the work products that the national teams had prepared before the meetings and prepared a shared European products, one each on the videos, surveys and essays (cf. Monday programme).

Presentation of International Results

Additionally, there were more lectures and seminars of exchange for the teachers on how our social worker, Mrs Kleinewegen, supports individuals (students, teachers, parents) and groups of students in their personal development and in times of problems. Another presentation was given on the example of promoting students by offering bilingual lessons and school-leaving qualifications as an opportunity for individual career planning in a European and globalized present and future world.

Friday, 23rd Feb. 2018
That day we went on a trip to Paderborn where the world´s biggest computer museum (Heinz Nixdorf Museumsforum) is located. All teams visited the permanent exhibition on the world of digitalization and computers.

Predecessors of Computers

 

 Future robot aplications

 

Robotics workshop for students

 

The students then took part in workshop programmes on robotics, built their own Lego robots which competed in different skills and worked in the student lab on 3D print applications. The students were enabled to apply equipment not available at schools. Especially for the involved IT teachers this day offered a vast range of impulses for IT lessons.

 

 

Workshop 3D printapplications

Meeting in Latvia

 The fifth meeting of the Erasmus + EduCareFully project took place at the Lubana High School in Lubana, Latvia, from 15 to 21 September 2017. Teachers attended seminars on “Promoting Emotional Balance with the help of activities and exercises for children with special needs “,” Healthy lifestyle ” in the areas of psychology, special needs education and in ​​Information Technology,” for better performance in IT “,” IT for planning and evaluation of classes ” and “scratch”. “We could attend Anita Tropa’s English classes and see the use of IT.

A cultural trip took place in the city of Riga, which included, among others, a visit to the monument of freedom, visit and climb to the tower of the church of San Pedro, where we could have a panoramic view of the city and visit other monuments and places of interest in riga. We culminated in a town’s history guided tour. Still in Riga, we visited the chocolate museum(a very tasting and interesting place). The students had participated in a game using tablets, discovering the most important places and monuments in Riga. we had participated in a practical seminar introducing traditional Latvian games. Other trips were made to the Toraida castle and to Viepiebalga (where there are many important cultural objects in this territory – the Lutpie Church of Vecpiebalga, the ruins of the castle of Vecpiebalga, the barony property of Vecpiebalga, as well as places where several distinct figures from the Latvian world of culture lived and worked ) and to a porcelain factory where it was possible to work a small piece of porcelain. We also visited Podini, a huge pine tree nursery typical of the region, we also saw the different phases of this tree, from the sowing, passing through the different greenhouses and later adaptation to the environment and its packing and shipping to different destinations.
We also visited the museum of musical instruments in Gaigalava and the largest lake of Latvia called “lubans”. The students made and presented their works at school and we did a guided walking tour in the city of Lubana, was carried out to learn about its origin and history.

It was also decided that the meeting in Bocholt, Germany will take place from 18th to 24thFebruary 2018.