Meeting in Italy

During the welcome ceremony which was held at the town Auditorium “Unità d’Italia” the students firstly presented the town of Isernia through a brief video “Welcome to my town” which had been entirely created by themselves. Then one by one the Partners were invited onto the stage to give a brief presentation of their team. The National Anthem of each country was played. The aims of the activities were to reinforce intercultural awareness between all partners in order to achieve a more effective cooperation among them, but also to achieve a better knowledge and acquaintance of all the participants.
The local tv interviewed the headmaster and one of the teachers of Istituto Comprensivo San Giovanni bosco, Isernia as well as one of the partners from the Spanish team.
• An art lab was organized by the art teachers and carried out by all the participating students who worked on the creation of a self portrait. Then we created a padlet on which the students had to upload their creations and give a brief presentation of themselves. In the meantime, the teachers were involved in a meeting regarding the planned activities for the week.
During the afternoon all the participants were taken to the town hall where they were welcomed by the Mayor of Isernia, Mr Piero Castrataro, who then showed a brief presentation of the town of Isernia and the neighbouring towns and villages so as to give everyone a better awareness of the area. After this meeting all the teams visited the most significant part of the old town like the Cathedral and the Fraterna Fountain.
•The high school ITIS “Fermi-Mattei” welcomed everyone into their school where they organised three different workshops regarding Electronics, automatic systems and robotics. This made the students and teachers more aware of certain forms of technology as well as helping them master the ability of team work and improve their language skills.
•Technology workshop:The teachers of our school also organized two interactive workshops where the students, in pairs, worked using scratch and wordwall.
• The University of Molise, UNIMOL, held an interactive lesson “Criptography and augmented reality” especially for the Didll group. The students and teachers took part in three workshops regarding cryptography and augmented reality. The participants had to work in teams and try to decript hidden codes that were provided by the teacher.
• All the participants were given a tour of some of the towns in the vicinity of isernia;
• Teachers’ meeting: our school for inclusion. Three teachers for students with special needs gave a presentation of what is done in our school to ensure that all students, including students with disabilities, learning difficulties, fewer opportunities, have the same educational opportunities. A debate followed in which all the partner schools gave a brief overview of the organization and management of these situations.

Students acquired social, civic and intercultural skills necessary for their personal development, learned more about possible career choices and entrepreneurship in creating a mobile application, to inspire next generations, developed awareness regarding of the importance of TECHNOLOGY and got familiar with the issues of, inclusion, socialization, friendship, technology in everyday life, became more active and determined by developing critical thinking, improved their digital skills by learning how to use a padlet, understood the socio-cultural diversity, learned more about their culture but also about the Italian culture which reinforced the knowledge about the European diversity, and used English that reinforced their foreign language skills. They also mastered the art of speaking in public and learned how to produce works using specific softwares and also how to cript/decript codes. They also learnt how a robot is created and works on command. They learnt to work individually but also in groups, they discovered how to make new friends in less than a week and how to interact in a foreign language.
Most importantly, they’re now aware that technology is part not only of their school syllabus but of everyday life.
Teachers learned more about ITC in their teaching approach, spoke foreign languages which improved their communication skills and exchanged educational good practices. They learnt how to make their school environment more inclusive and how to understand that breaking down barriers is a lot easier than you would imagine. Welcoming students and teachers from other countries into your school and is a good way to start.

• The European dimension of the schools was strengthened through integrating the outcomes into their curricula.