Thursday, 16 September 2010

European Projects addressed to Schools

The projects below are coordinated by Pixel (http://www.pixel-online.net), an Education and Training Institution based in Florence, with certified quality system in compliance with the standard UNI EN ISO 9001:2000 and accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education and by the Tuscany County Council.
The projects are addressed to secondary school teachers, with the aim of improving educational methods through the application of new technologies and of supporting interaction and collaboration between schools in different European countries.


The projects are:

1) Routes
The Routes project, funded by the European Commission, in the framework of the Lifelong Learning Programme, aims to open a common reflection at European level on the theme of migration and integration, experimenting an innovative method of studying the evolutions of migration throughout the XX century, based on valorising the potential for exchanging and sharing information of new technologies, for recovering, by means of direct sources and interviews, the historic memory of the countries who have seen both the arrival of migrants and the departure of immigrants in their past.

Specific objectives are:
- Develop e-learning contents addressed to Secondary schools which experiment difficulties in dealing with multicultural classes, in order to enhance the capacity of teachers and pupils to view diversity as a resource to learn about different cultures and habits
- Provide schools with attractive ICT based educational tools to be used in multicultural classes experimenting integration difficulties, to foster dialogue and mutual understanding between pupils with different ethnic backgrounds starting from the knowledge and comprehension of the past experiences of immigrants integration.
- Provide European students with a better comprehension of how immigration has been and will therefore be a resource for the European economy and will facilitate a full integration of the different ethnic groups, based on mutual respect and understanding.

The main project activities are:
- An historical research to understand the migration phenomenon
- Creation of Reports on history of Immigration. Each partner will provide a National analysis of the History of immigration and the contribution given to the economic and social development of their country.
- Creation of an On-line Course focusing on the understanding of the process of integration of immigrants in order to teach teachers the Best practices in the field.

Secondary school teachers and students are invited to participate in the project.
The benefit for the participating schools is that they will have free access to:
- Reviews of Legislation Acts and Publications related to emigration available on the Routes Portal
- Collection of Interviews with eye witnesses and case studies carried out on these interviews, all available on the Routes Portal
- National and Transnational Report on the history of migration and the contribution given to the economic and social development of each country.
- On-line Course focusing on the understanding of the process of integration of immigrants in order to teach teachers the Best practices in the field and give a valuable tool for class lessons.
- Participation with other European teachers at transnational virtual meetings on the topic of the online course moderated directly by the project partners.

For more information:
The Project Portal: http://routes.pixel-online.org/
Pixel web site: http://pixel-online.net
Project coordinator e-mail address: elisabetta@pixel-online.net

2) Embed

Embedding Dyslexia-Responsive Practices in Lifelong Learning is an international project to support the dyslexic individual all over Europe.
The collaboration of 6 countries is supported by the Lifelong Learning Programme of the Education, Audiovisual, Culture executive Agency of the European Union. The project relies on knowledge and outcomes accumulated in 10 years work of dyslexia supporting EU projects.

The main project activities are;
- to offer tools designed for the individuals (teacher, head teachers, parent and support professionals) to identify strengths and weaknesses in key competency necessary for identification, teaching and supporting the dyslexic individual.
- to offers information, educational content and useful tools for dyslexic adults as well as their supporters and employees, especially to European citizens that are dyslexic whose access to education, information and equality of chances in many areas of life needs to be supported.
- to provide access to the technology that is available across Europe to support the dyslexic individual. The project makes available several links to useful online assistive tools.

Project Results
- tools to help identify key issues around dyslexia in childhood.
- Paper based and electronic based assessment tool for children and adult
-Tools to help identify needs, competencies and implementation to assist
in identification of issues related to ICT in different contexts (schools, colleges, manufacturers, professional support staff etc
- Analysis Report of use, compliance, strengths and weaknesses of Dyslexia related policies in order to assist in identification of issues related to policies in different contexts from government, local authority and institutions, the need to comply, and the range of issues that need to be considered.

For more information:
The Project Portal: http://www.embeddyslexia.eu/
Pixel web site: http://pixel-online.net
Project national coordinator e-mail address: elisabetta@pixel-online.net

3) LeTS Go Project

The LeTS Go Project is coordinated by Pixel (Italy), in collaboration with teachers and trainers training centers of 5 different European countries (i.e. Italy, Germany, Poland, Romania and Spain). The project is funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme – Leonardo da Vinci - Transfer of Innovation sub programme.

Specific objectives are:
The aim of the project is to promote the practical experimentation of the LeTS for the application of e-learning in language teaching. The LetS Go project is addressed to language school teachers and professional trainers. The aim is to enable them to:
• choose quality language teaching products identifying those that best meet specific educational needs.
• use the products available either as an alternative or as integration of traditional methodologies.
• create educational and training products that exploit the potential of new technologies.
The platform, which has received the European Language Label in 2010, provide language teachers and trainers with several didactics resources
such as: • database of teachers’ and trainers’ experiences in the field of application of e-learning to language education and training.
• database of reviews of e-learning based language teaching and learning products
• 4 on line courses addressed to language teachers willing to make an effective use of new technologies in language teaching In order to further disseminate the information about the LeTS GO Project, Pixel organizes, in Florence (Italy) on 11 – 12 November 2010, an international conference on the topic “ICT for Language Learning”. More information about the conference are available at:
http://www.pixel-online.net/ICT4LL2010.

For more information:
Project Portal: http://www.leonardo-lets.net
Pixel web site: http://pixel-online.net
Project coordinator e-mail address: lorenzo@pixel-online.net

Dr. Stefano Zanini, Assistant Project Manager, Pixel