The project will be carried out by schools from 6 countries: Italy (coordinator), Turkey, The Netherlands, Spain, Macedonia, Portugal, Turkey. After preliminary contacts on Etwinning and after discussing the importance of digital resources in language learning/teaching, we decided to create a partnership and we chose the name” Diving Into Digital Language Learning (DIDLL)” for the project to emphasize the ever increasing importance of technology for personal and professional growth.
The project stems from the necessity to improve digital and language skills by blending them together. Both teachers and students, particularly those who aren’t yet confident with the use of these resources, will hugely benefit from this project. In addition, inclusive education has become one of the priorities of all schools and that’s why this project gives high relevance to inclusion, as students with learning difficulties/disabilities usually have a positive approach towards digital devices. In particular students with neurological or medical conditions who have difficulty controlling writing utensils may find it easier to use a keyboard. Similarly, students with economic or social obstacles, who don’t have daily access to digital devices will also greatly benefit from this project as they will be given the opportunity to become more familiar with technology. The participants will also develop cultural awareness as they will interact with students of different nationalities. Each one of the partners will have a sense of belonging, with the same European values even though each and every one of us has a different background. This will lead to a common European identity.
The objectives are strictly related to the priorities. The first priority is to lead our students to improve their digital and linguistic skills in an open, innovative learning environment. As for the second priority, we aim to promote inclusive education, so that students with fewer opportunities, coming from disadvantaged social and /or economical backgrounds and those with learning difficulties or with a tendency to leave school early, can improve their digital and language skills. Many activities that promote social inclusion will be carried out. Of vital importance is the reduction of every kind of discrimination including gender-related disparities, social/racial discrimination, bullying and all kinds of violence. The third choice is related to our goal to strengthen the recruitment, selection and professional development of everyone involved in the educational system (teachers, trainers, administration staff etc.) through cross-cultural cooperation as there will be a mutual interaction among similiar types of institutions from different countries.
Approximately 120 students aged 12-16, and 60 teachers will be involved in the LTT activities. About 2200 students and members of the school community and more than double this number of parents of the students and a great number of Erasmus+ beneficiars/language learners will take part in the project directly or indirectly.
-Using online games in foreign language learning.
-Basic programming and robotics in English classes
-The added value of Digital storytelling in the language classroom
-Safe and wise use of the internet
-The use of digital tests and quizzes in foreign language teaching
-My Digital Kit: How to integrate technology into the language syllabus
Our partnership aims to develop interaction, promote innovation, exchange good practices, carry out peer and cooperative learning activities and have workshops and know-how among the organisations involved in education.
Results and impact:
– improve their digital and language skills
-increase their cultural awareness
-develop a stronger European identity
-have a higher chance of entering the labour market
-become more confident, open-minded and sociable
-learn new innovative ICT based teaching methods
-tools and methodologies
– strenghthen their professional profile
– exchange good practices
The participating schools will:
-have a more strategic and integrated use of ICT, open educational e-learning/teaching tools;
– increase motivation for language learning/teaching through innovative teaching methods,
– promote social inclusion
– increase their quality of education and training
– improve their provision and assessment of basic and transversal skills, language competences and media skills in the long run
The products of the project (App for mobile devices, Twinspace, Erasmus+ project results platform, website of the project, websites of the partner schools, digital calendar, online dictionary, videos, ebook) will live on long after the project is completed and will be regularly updated and enriched. We will promote our products to a great number of people and share our results in every possible way. Above all the participants will benefit from this project from a lifelong learning point of view.