Breaking The Code : a Pathway to Success

5 Participating countries:
Start: 01-09-2014 - End: 31-08-2016
Project Reference: 2014-1-IT02-KA201-003362
EC Grant: 252455 EUR

Programme: Erasmus+
Key Action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices
Action Type: Strategic Partnerships for school education

Summary

Context /Background
All the partners of this project were schools of the European mediterranean area which share a set of common problems in the everyday teaching activities: their students often fail to grasp the meaningful information for lack of interest and poor attention ( such as poor results in scientific subjects, inability to use maps or notes in a meaningful way.) The number of low achievers in scientific subjects was not underestimated (especially girls) and required tailored strategies to face this problem
Objective
As the mission of all the partners was to improve the quality of their teaching, we all wanted to take advantage of this project to implement a sort of a bottom up approach to improve the quality of our teaching offer. The general approach has been holistic and mainly inspired to edutainment philosophy, problem solving ,thought provoking task based learning, team work and cooperative learning, learning by discovery and many others
The main aim were :
to improve the performances and the willingness to take risk of low achievers, lowering their resistance thanks to combination of enjoyable and engaging activities
to improve the performances of average high achievers thanks to their commitment creativeness ability to think out of scheme, their curiosity , enthusiasm , capacity to face challenges, doing their best not only as individual but supporting team work and their role within a group.
to raise the level of competence in English as EFL
to get the outmost of ICT and digital technologies
to promote sport in education
to boost active European citizenship , cultural tolerance and awareness 

to allow partner schools to gain more visibility for quality matters

Number of participants
The initial mobilities planned involved a total of 225 people (students and teachers and principals) asa matter of fact the number of people who got the grant to join a mobility was higher.
The number of people involved in the project activities at schools level was much wider ( over 2500 people all together) If we consider the disseminating actions and cooperation with other agents we overcame 3000 people.

Profile
The students age range went from 14 to 19 and most of them were prospective university students. Some partner had previous experience in European projects some were new. But they all shared high professional profile of the teachers involved ( good and and sound proficiency of English , expertise of ICT tools , use of social media good digital and communication skills) .
The subjects covered by the project activities were : Maths , Physics, Chemistry , ICT, PE, Geography, History , Arts, English , Spanish and French. There were some collaborations with University departments in Turin , Chania teachers associations ( Italian MIUR, British Council, AIIG (association of geography teachers,) Maths associations, the Cern in Geneve) .


Description of activities
The range and the number of the activities planned was very high. Some partners opted for a thematic cluster of activities such as exploring cultural place (e.g. the Spanish partner with ‘the Reales Alcazares’, the Cypriot partner with the Mosaics which will become one of the event of Pafos 2017.Some activities focused on the creative use of software ( Geogebra and some apps made for Maths low achievers) Maths was a common theme for Maths Dance whose videos on Youtube reached more than 10000 views and Maths Marathon inspired to Alan Turing work. Other teachers have focused more on the methodologies and approaches (such as the Scratch and Robotics activities in Greece, the Cryptography activity with credit cards and Maths) All of them used widely ICT and digital technologies (most of all The Eu Factor , Hand Gesture, Bloopers and Who wants to be Millionaire) The list and the variety is really very rich and worth to be experimented.

Description of expected results
One of the project aim was to share the ‘good practices’ among teachers, that’s why we made our best to share the ‘good ones’
The activities planned have been implemented in schools curricula and are all free available on the website of the projects and other educational platforms.

Potential long term benefits
We believe that spreading the words about the all the philosophy of the project , its outcomes, its success, strength and also the analysis of critical points and stages , the assessment results and teaching, has already raised the quality profile of the schools and will create opportunities to extend the project and develop new partnerships. Maybe with a wider range of partners .
This will provide a good reason for all the partners involved to invest time and effort in dissemination and follow up.

Results

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Liceo Giordano Bruno , Torino Italy
coordinating School


These documents which were the backbone of our project could be helpful for other participants in order to manage and implement their Erasmus+ projects.
They were made by the coordinator of the whole project in order to help the partners, teachers and all the people involved in carrying out the activities required sharing the same basic criteria and framework


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This booklet and basic guideline for students involved in the 1st mobility of the project in Chania 2015, was made by Dimitris Dandoulakis (teacher of Maths and Computer programming at Theodoropoulos Schools).
It could be used by students as a guideline for a quick revision of the topics.


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THEODOROPOULOS Schools , Chania, Greece

This poster was made by THEODOROPOULOS SCHOOLS at Safe Chania 2015, an international conference about Education, Research and Innovation. The school presented our project under the Innovation issue.
It is one example of the dissemination carried out by Theodoropoulos school in Greece

PROGRAMME OF THE CONFERENCE: http://www.safechania2015.tuc.gr/fileadmin/users_data/safechania/_uploads/Final_Program_10d.pdf

LINK OF THE CONFERENCE:http://www.safechania2015.tuc.gr


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THEODOROPOULOS Schools Chania, Greece
This innovating activity was designed to teach SS the basic Maths functions graphs, as well as their displacement over the x and y axis. It is combination of Maths blended to dance choreography.

These are the instructions given to performing students
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B3Bm6pdIrDZMU2dDTnVvRDZGeHM

these are the videos
Instructions
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHt0XIa6xOg

This video is related to what happened during the mobility in Paphos,Cyprus , March 2016
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlF_pY99GN4


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THEODOROPOULOS Schools , Chania, Greece
This activity was presented by Theodoropoulos schools during the mobility in Los Palacios, Seville, April 2016 .

The catapult was an ancient weapon used primarily in the sieges of castles or fortified towns. This activity is based on a robotics construction catapult with Mind-storm  Lego robots operating in programming environment (NXTprogramming).

This is the link to the PP instruction provided to students

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B3Bm6pdIrDZMLV9pNDUzaDJNODA


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THEODOROPOULOS Schools Chania , Greece
This activity by Theodoropoulos schools was presented during the mobility in Torino, Italy in October 2015
it consists of a historical journey to the origins of chemistry guiding students through the discovery of the chemical compounds and their applications to real life by a different approach which involves the participitation of students in a fascinating way.


this is the link to the instruction
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B3Bm6pdIrDZMQTlja1NOTVZBUjg


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Liceo GIORDANO BRUNO , Italy

This challenging activity by Liceo Giordano Bruno, Torino, was presented during the mobility in Torino, October 2015, it represents the climax of the leading principles which inspired our project. The idea of it came straight from Alan Turing who apart from being a genial mathematician was a marathon athlete and used to compare the scientist frame mind to the marathon atlethes' ones in terms of efforts and mental strategy to keep full control of mind and body.


This is the link to video made by prof. Lorenzo Galante
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQRh_j7rbyw

this is the link to the instruction for the biathletes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYO0wPSC-2c

this a motivational video for the Maths Athletes just before the beginning of the activity
https://www.dropbox.com/s/kevlfqv6h5vg4sd/motivational_Video_MathMarathon.mp4?dl=0

this is the students' task sheet
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_pntKmy5BHBaDhPLWIyXzZ1QXc


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LYKEIO AGIOU NEOFYTOU, Pafos, Cyprus

This is the outline of a very large group activity of dancing and training carried out during the mobility of our Project in Paphos Cyprus. The activity was splitted in two parts : the first one included a series of training with teachers and expert students at the school gym. The second part was a flash mob in Nicosia old quarter which was recorded and broadcasted by a local tv.
Here you will find all the aims , the stages and the result of the activity.

Please note that this dance was danced by Turkish students in Nicosia too.


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IES Maestro Diego Llorente , Los palacios Y Villafranca , Sevilla Spain


This activity was performed at Diego llorente School in Los Palacios, Sevilla , Spain during the last mobility of the project .
it is require a good deal of coordination and concentration
alll the details in the file attached

This activity has become a curricular one.


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LYKEIO AGIOU NEOFYTOU

This activity was presented in Pahos during the 4th mobility , and it was run in the archeological site of Paphos

it is a cross curricular activity about history and orienteering
it has been inspired to some activity found in museum but in this case it has been applied to an archeological site

some students performed some roles ( goddess and gods in ancient Greece costumes ) that could enhance the participants to solve a riddle


This activity has become a curricular one for History and Arts


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IES Maestro Diego Llorente, Los palacios Y VIlllafranca , Sevilla, Spain

this activity presented by two teachers from Diego llorente school (Arts and Maths ) has been presented during the Izmir Mobility

It present a fine combination of cross curricular activity between two subjects, it is task based an can easily adapted to a wide series of themes ( Advertisement strategies, Visual communication , Geometry, fine arts )

for the video and instruction please follow the links in the folder


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IES Maestro Diego Llorente , Los palacios Y Villafranca , Sevilla Spain

Activity presented by 3 teachers from Diego Llorente school during the mobility in Torino,
it is a blended learning combination as the task delivered in English is carried out by solving a series of quiz about general culture ( in this case about British and American Genral culture ) using the framework of the TV quiz show and game 'Who wants to be millionaire

This activity has been adapted and graded even for younger students and has become a curricular one


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Turkey MEV Koleji Özel Güzelbahçe Lisesi, Izmir
This activity carried out by
prof Egemen Kutluk

This is an interesting example of how to use Geogebra platform ( a dynamic Mathematics software) to enliven Maths activities and at the same time to promote an active participation of the students .
In this way students become actors and not just listener or doers , and those ones who are left behind ( lower achievers) can get an immediate feedback about each activity

Another strength of this kind of platform is that each activity created on Geogebra can be stored on Google Drive or any other cloud and reused with other students and classes



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Turkey MEV Koleji Özel Güzelbahçe Lisesi, Izmir


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LYKEIO AGIOU NEOFYTOU, Pafos, Cyprus
prof. Georgos Parisinos

This activity is designed for an advance level of Maths students or for senior ones. It is a fine combination of maths History and the exploration of cryptography ( form texting messages to credit cards )

it has been inspirational for further activities carried out by Maths teachers during their Joint staff meeting .


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Turkey MEV Koleji Özel Güzelbahçe Lisesi, Izmir


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LICEO Giordano BRUNO, Torino , Italy

This activity has been presented during the 1st mobility of the project in Chania , Greece, March 2015 as a sort of icebreaker to help the students joined for the first time in this international project to use English as vehicular language
The activity is a great fun and is a great opportunity to encourage students talk together

This activity has been also implemented in curricular classes of Liceo Linguistico at liceo Giordano Bruno where some students from other classes made two instructional videos

It has also been recently modified and adapted by prof.ssa Catia Santini for the Language Assistants from UK teacher training course , held in Torino, Italy at Istituto Avogadro on 30th September 2016
It has been showed and performed as a best practice: highlighting how to work on stereotypes and general cultural of a country. And also as a way to create enticing assessment activities using digital resources as Kahoot


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This activity presented
during the 3rd mobility in Torino , blend English language and P. E in a team game that requires cooperative learning and mediation. The use of team leaders and helpers also promote students's centredness
this activity has become curricular in Italy as well in Cyprus for students days or during students exchange as promote cooperation and communication


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Liceo Giordano BRUNO, Torino , Italy

This activity was presented in Pafos, Cyprus mobility in March 2016.

It consists of an online multiple choice quiz created through KAHOOT platform: students divided in teams can access to the quiz from their mobile devices and provide their answer in a limited time from the start.
This activity was aimed at revising and exploring basic facts, data and history European Union, using Geography and History data in English.

this is the link to 24 Kahoot questions:
https://create.kahoot.it/?_ga=1.73098259.1685655657.1466277525&deviceId=acb5722a-5017-4c7b-ab36-2d2170bff833R#quiz/33e01c8f-81ca-4241-a335-10645abde555


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Liceo Giordano Bruno , Torino Italy

The following app where created by prof. Antonio Di Muro
they are good example of how approaches and methodologies promoted by this Erasmus+ project were put into practice

GeoGebra is dynamic mathematics software for all levels of education that brings together geometry, algebra, spreadsheets, graphing, statistics and calculus in one easy-to-use package.
it is multi language and this allows teachers to easily convert exercises form their language into another (e.g. English )


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This guideline was created soon after the first students' mobility to support teachers involved in the project to plan activities ( curricular , for students' mobilities and teachers 's JSM training )the really BREAK THE CODE and LEAVE THE MARK.It supported teachers to make informed choices following a common and shared procedure and criteria. As the target priority was to put into practice innovative activities, nothing has to be left to chance. ( content selection, tools unexpected problems etc). It is not that easy to plan without the support of text books or ready made teaching material and to such a wide variety of students
This guideline( which can be modified and implemented) act also as a sort of check list which support the teacher at different stage of his/her planning process. This is one of the possible tools to support self directed analysis


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This Innovative Activity of Physics in English by prof.Lorenzo Galante
was Presented by LICEO GIORDANO BRUNO at the first students’ mobility in Chania
March 2015

It is a triggering and inspirational work for teachers as it well exploits the potential of animated video instruction and the clear task through PPT

It is a good example of Edutainment applied to Physics and Science

Videos and PPT are free available


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Project logo

Coordinator

Liceo Giordano Bruno

Via Marinuzzi n.1, 10156
Torino
Piemonte
IT

Organisation type: School/Institute/Educational centre – General education (secondary level)

Partners

THEODOROPOULOS SCHOOLS
CHANIA
Κρήτη (Kriti)
Organisation type: Other
MEV Koleji Ozel Guzelbahce Fen Lisesi
izmir
İzmir
Organisation type: School/Institute/Educational centre – Adult education
LYKEIO AGIOU NEOFYTOU
Pafos
Κύπρος (Kýpros)
Organisation type: School/Institute/Educational centre – General education (secondary level)
IES Maestro Diego Llorente
Los Palacios y Villafranca
Andalucía
Organisation type: School/Institute/Educational centre – General education (secondary level)

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