“Henri Coanda” Secondary School from Bacau, Romania, implemented the Erasmus+ KA1 project, "European teaching strategies to combat school failure and dropout and improve the phenomenon of social exclusion" (project number 2017-1-RO01-KA101-036655). The project was funded by the EU and approved by The Agency for Mobility and EU Programmes within Erasmus+ program, KA1 – Learning mobility of individuals. The project included 10 individual mobilities of 9 teachers from different school departments (Maths, Romanian, English, Chemistry, ICT, Biology, History, Geography) and the school counsellor who attended the courses of 7 different course providers from Portugal, Greece, Czech Republic, Belgium and Malta during the period 01.09.2017 – 01.11.2018. The total value of the project was 19660 euros.
The main objective of the project was modernising the teaching-learning-assessing process by applying modern and creative methods in class, introducing new technologies, raising school’s attractivity and quality at the same time. The main aim of the project was to form a team of teachers able to acquire professional experience in an international context so that they could contribute to combat school failure and dropout on the one hand, and improve our students’ school performances on the other hand.
More than ever before this generation of digital natives needs a total shift of the way the educational process should take place. And the best way to help our students to gain abilities necessary for this century is to change the way we teach by introducing technology as a means to attract them. Apps such as Bookcreator, Flipbook, Istopmotion, Socrative, Popplet, Padlet, Classflow, Kodu, Sway, Office 365, Taccle2.eu, Wordart, Vocaroo, Kahoot, Mentimeter, Ed puzzle, Voltaire, QR Code Reader, WeVideo, Kwyk, Hypersay, Biteable, Plickers, Mentimeter, Thinglink, Quizlet, Answer Garden, The Cloud (Google docs, blogs and virtual pen/ Dropbox) have the definite role of making classes more enjoyable and of motivating students not to drop out of school.
All participants in the mobility programme developed their personal and professional competences, raised the level of quality of their teaching, improved their own teaching methods through the skills and knowledge gained in the structured courses, while the school has raised its quality and work to an international level, expanded its partnership network and modernized its instruction.
After the mobility, multiple dissemination activities started at the school, county, and regional level. Furthermore, using the knowledge gained in the project, workshops were created for teachers to use in the teaching process with students. The workshops sparked a lot of interest among teachers who did not take part in the mobility, which shows that the transfer of knowledge in dissemination activities was successful. Student feedback shows that they enjoyed participating in the workshops and find them useful.
Dissemination was also achieved during some of the activities organised in collaboration with our school’s partners, Europe Direct Centre from Bacau being one of them. The troublesome phenomenon of school dropout which has, in the long run, powerful negative effects over the social development and economic growth was the topic of a dialogue where new measures were identified by guests from different local organizations and solutions which are already put into practice by our highschool so that these effects could diminish.
I think that these mobilities change lives, create powerful connections, offer meetings with European experts in education, with people who love doing quality jobs and who want to share their knowledge, having as main objective to create quality lessons for the students in order for them to improve their school performance and their emotional and psychological development.