International ICT competitions II for Increasing the Quality of Secondary Education KA229 Erasmus+ project 2019 - 2021

5th LTTA at HAK Weiz, Austria

The fifth meeting took place at BHAK Weiz. It was a four-day stay including student- and teacher activities. For arrivals and departures, all partners had two days for traveling activities. Two teachers took part from each school together with four students each.
During the stay, students visited game-design lessons and a training session for the international competition. During the stay, teachers also had time to discuss the teaching of ICT-subjects – especially software- and hardware design for 3D printing. Even the competition was about 3D design and based on a tool called Tinkercad – a free web app for 3D design, electronics and coding.
Teachers also participated in the implementation and evaluation of the competition, had to evaluate the tests, and had to assign points to the participating student groups.
Between lessons and workshops, we visited a transformer producing company and we got a guided tour through the factory halls.
The workshop – which was conducted by the hosting partner – was about game-design and about the fundamental developing process of computer games. The primary focus was on serious games and their basic characteristics. As a first step, analog board games were designed by defining game laws, game sense and game mechanics.In addition, we visited a pumpkin seed oil producing company and we had the chance to taste pumpkin seed oil on vanilla ice cream. Strange but tasty.An integral part of the meeting was a trip through the region of South Styria to visit a medieval castle, a bird of prey demonstration and a chocolate factory.
An essential element of our meeting was the creation of all meeting documentations (photo gallery, videos, attendance- and result lists), and the evaluation of the competition.

4th LTTA in Spain at Salesianos Juan XXIII in Alcoi (Spain)

The fourth meeting took place in Salesianos Juan XXIII in Alcoi (Spain). After the welcoming and the necessary group photo, the city and the hosting School, facilities tour included, were introduced to visiting students and teachers, showing them some of our customs and history.
Random team-building activities were used to socialize and create the five international groups, 4 students from different countries per team, and practice English speaking.
In order to get to know the reality of the hosting School and its natural, cultural and industrial environment, the visit included, a Town hall reception by the Education and Culture and University councilmen, visit of the other Salesian school in Alcoi, know the war shelter and the importance of the business fabric of Alcoi. For that matter, students and teachers also had the opportunity of visiting the Arcade Museum where the could check out and enjoy the video games evolution, the Technological Institute of Toy in the neighboring town of Ibi, where new augmented reality technology and 3D printing technologies are applied, and visit El Serpis Olives factory, a great example of the productive process from beginning to end. A one-day visit of Valencia’s Fallas was included in the agenda as a part of the regional cultural interest.
Besides, students were able to attend an Arduino workshop, where the Arduino Blocks platform creator, a teacher from the hosting School, with Secondary education students introduced the robotics device to them and performed practical curricular lessons.
A special sport activity was achieved by teachers and students, playing Boccia with a group of disbled students from Gormaget School, Salesianos Juan XXIII partner in another social and inclusion project, as a way of providing more social visibility, create links and of course have fun with a not so-common sport all together. The session concluded with a farewell dinner in the School facilities.
International teams, apart from the training sessions, solved the Presentation and animated gif tasks proposed for the “competition”, reporting them new ICT skills and terminology (new words for the e-book glossary were added), better digital competences and mainly communication and social skills.
Teachers’ meeting contributed to a new lesson plan for teaching animated Gif with free-online software Pixilart created by the Spanish teaching team with instructions to be used by other teachers and students in ICT and self-study lessons. Use of ICT lessons and tools as well as new project documentation were discussed and created.

Happy New Year 2022

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.

3rd LTTA in Czech Republic

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.

LTTA in Slovenia

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.

Webinar@ICT

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.

Moodle classroom for Slovenian students

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).

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