Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2022 to all the students and teachers participating in ICT II project from The Spanish team which will host the next LTTA from 14th to 17th March 2022.
International ICT competitions II for Increasing the Quality of Secondary Education KA229 Erasmus+ project 2019 - 2021
From 9th to 12th November 2021, Mendel High School in Nový Jičín,Czech Republic hosted the III. an international meeting of students and teachers.
During the meeting, an international competition in ICT skills (spreadsheet control, use of information and online data ) was organized on 9th November 2021. Students attenting the meeting competed in school round competitions first, and then 4 most succesful ones and 2 teachers from each partner school attended the meeting in Nový Jičín . Portugal and Spain attended the meeting physically, while the teams from Austria and Slovenia attended the meeting only virtually, due to the pandemic situation in each country.
On the first day of the meeting, 5 international teams of four students were formed, who communicated together to perform individual tasks of the test example, both in personal meeting and virtually (using Google Meet). Thus, a total of 20 students competed (including 4 pupils from the Czech Republic).
The international competition aimed to test not only the students’ knowledge of information technology, but also the English language, opportunities for cooperation and communication. The competition teams had 120 minutes to process the tasks. Pupils from the international teams in the first three places were awarded valuable prizes, including action cameras, wireless headphones and mice, which were purchased by the Austrian school where the meeting was originally to take place.
The ceremonial announcement of the competition results and the handing of the certificates of participation took place on the premises of the information center in Nový Jičín, attended also by the Deputy Mayor of Nový Jičín, Mr. Mgr. Ondřej Syrovátka.
During the four-day project meeting, students and teachers participated in workshops on 3D printing and modeling, online video conferences Creativity in Business and Business Design, visited the hat museum, sky walk in Pustevny, the city of Olomouc and Štemberk Castle. An interesting highlight of the meeting was definitely also the bowling tournament.
After a whole year of pandemic restrictions, 2nd LTTA of the project took place from 27th do 30th September 2021 at Srednja šola Črnomelj, which hosted 13 students and 6 teachers from partner schools. Due to Covid-19 restrictions Austrian students and teachers participated virtually.
The purpose of LTTA in Slovenija was for the students to participate in an international competition in text editing in Google Docs, and imagine editing with PhotoFiltre. Besides improving ICT skills, the students also collaborated in international teams, improved their Englsih language skills, and of course learn and experience Slovenia, especially the region of Bela krajina.
The international competition was held on 28th September in international teams, and the winning team consisted of: Gal Dragoš (Srednja Šola Črnomelj, Slovenia), Julian Wachmann(BHAK/BHAS Weiz, Austria), João Paulo Santos( Agrupamento des Escolas DR Serafim Leite, Portugal) in Sara Biedma (Escuella F.P. Salesioanos Juan XXIII, Spain).
During the LTTA also the students had the opportunity to attend two workshops. Namely, Dušan Vukčevič presented 3D design and introduced a program Maxon Cinema 4D in a practical way, while Kristian Asani presented the work of Business incubator Bela krajina, and gave the students some tips for developing a business idea.
The cultural programme included experiencing the cultural heritage of Bela krajina in Črnomelj and Šokčev dvor, rowing on the river Kolpa, visiting the Postojna cave, seaside town Piran and the capital Ljubljana.
On April 15, 2021, a webinar was held as part of the international project Erasmus + “International competitions II for increasing the quality of secondary education“.
The webinar was attended by 117 students and 11 teachers from 5 European countries – the Czech Republic, Portugal, Spain, Austria and Slovenia.
The program hosted 5 professional lectures in English, each country provided a professional expert, who was to acquaint students with their work.
The Czech representative Pavel Mlčůch from Tieto was the first to speak. His presentation was called From classical infrastructure to cloud and serverless and introduced us theoretically and practically to the possibilities of cloud storage.
This was followed by a lecture given by retired Austrian teacher Walter Plakenbichler entitled Fair traiding codes of conduct. This active retiree introduced us to his company based on the principles of Fair Traiding and also explainned in numbers the growing interest in these products.
The Slovenian designer of Vudumotion, Dušan Vukčevič, was the third to present his workshop A 3D artist, career of the future, and captivated the webinar participants with his work with 3D reality, for example in the field of housing.
The presentation of What can Artificial Intelligence do for you by the Portuguese programmer Diego Nevesa acquainted the participants with the possibilities of the rapidly developing field of artificial intelligence.
And the last to speak was the Spanish computer science teacher and creator of ArduinoBlocks.com, Juan José Lopez, with a presentation of Educational Robotics with Arduino Blocks, in which he showed us the possibilities of teaching programming using a graphical programming tool.
After each 15-minute lecture, students and teachers had the opportunity to ask additional questions on the topic, which they used each time fully Sometimes they even had to be interrupted and were thrown back on private communication with the lecturer to adhere to the webinar’s schedule.
At the end of the last lecture, participants were asked to fill out a short questionnaire, the results of which you can see here:
Despite occasional problems with the sound, the event was evaluated very positively by both the organizers and participants, and everyone is already looking forward to participate in the next one.
As a result of the activities in the first year of the project, a Moodle classroom has been created at Srednja šola Črnomelj, Slovenia in order to increase the knowledge of ICT skills. The online classroom offers materials for self-study along with practical tasks. The students can learn about Inkscape, Google Docs and Canva online programe, and then follow the instructions to complete different tasks and practically use the programs. The Moodle classroom activities will be upgraded with additional content in the course of the project and is classroom is available to anyone who is interested in developing their ICT skills (guest user).
Due to COVID pandemic situation, the team of coordinators of the project met on 7th September 2020, to review the current situation in each country and propose an alternative plan of activities. Current mobilities and regular activities cannot be executed, and we all agreed we have tomake adjustments and the activities should be adapted to the teachers’ and students’ needs. We decided we will continue working on Google Docs programe and prepare Kahoot quizzes in order to check and evaluate the knowledge of the programe. In order to expand and vesratile the activities we we have decided to work with Canva online program and create postcards presenting our countries, cities, schools. The Czech team is going to prepare a Canva video tutorial to help the students with the use of the program. In December 2020, we are planning a video conference consisting of teachers and students to exchange views on the current situation, distance learning, using Google Docs and Canva programs.