The European Experience – teachers´ mobility project within Leonardo da Vinci programme – Final Report
Fourteen teachers of our school participated in the international cooperation with secondary technical schools during the school year 2013/2014. Teachers of Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Biology and ICT visited the secondary technical schools in Italy, Germany, Estonia and Cyprus.
The aim of the project was to initiate personal and professional development of teachers and to become familiar with trends in professional education in EU countries with particular emphasis on the use of ICT.
The main benefit of this project was to improve the quality of professional education and the extension of the international cooperation. The stay of teachers in all partner institutions has brought a new impulse to the use of ICT and e-learning, the use of ECVET and inspiration for preparing new tasks in instrumental chemical analysis, physics and biochemistry. The participants also learnt how the CLIL methods work in practice. All partners have enriched the knowledge of specific methods and forms of teaching vocational subjects.
The result of the project is the development of the international cooperation and a summary of the most interesting findings, observations and suggestions that the teachers use in teaching:
Estonia: practical examples of the use of iPads in the classroom, using applications to read and create QR codes in the classroom.
Italy: team for evaluation of learning outcomes, teaching physics and mathematics focused on practical tasks, possibilities of greater involvement of IT technologies in teaching of mathematics, teaching in laboratories (microbiology and instrumental analysis), with a big emphasis on independent work of students and solving complex problems, CLIL and school events for the public.
Germany: dual system of VET education, familiarization with laboratory work in molecular biology and microbiology and integration of selected works in our curriculum, team work, laboratory rules.
Cyprus: students were led to the interpretation and conclusions, very didactic lessons. In laboratory exercises in chemistry and physical chemistry relatively simple tasks were performed but the principle was very clearly demonstrated, very practical approach to teaching and research.
The participants of the project have improved their English and learnt about the differences in cultural environment of the EU countries.
All partner organizations have agreed that the cooperation will continue.