Program of visit

The second short-term exchange of pupils from Poland, Finland, and Spain took place from 14nd to 20th of May 2017. 19 pupils with 7 teachers took part in the mobility. The main aim of the  visit was to improve programming skills with the use of different tools. Teachers gained the knowledge about teaching the basics of programming at different subjects. During the visit in Estonia various ICT tools were used. Thanks to that students could see that the range of using computer programs and programming applications is very wide. Students and teachers could admire the beauty of Estonian country because they visited its capital Tallin and a beautiful town Haapsalu.

Activities connected with the basics of programming and robotics started on the 15th of May 2017. On that day we took part in the workshops organized by workers of HITSA Institute in Tallin. HITSA (The Information Technology Foundation for Education) is an Estonian foundation which helps teachers in teaching information-communication technology for example the basics of programming. HITSA promotes using ICT in education so that all students at all levels of education can gain digital skills necessary for development of economy and society. In the Estonian educational system on the basic level of this education there is no such subject as Information Technology. Students learn computer skills at different subjects. During the workshops in HITSA students got to know how robots BeeBot, Edison, Ozobot work. Teachers could see how to use these tools at different subjects.

On the same day we visited the oldest school in Estonia. The Gustav Adolf Grammar School was  established in 1631. It is a school in which there are classes 1-12 (primary and secondary school). We learnt the history of this achool and visited many interesting places there. Next students took part in classes during which  Makey Makey tool was used. Students created the piano which worked  on connected to it fruit and vegetables. We also observed the action of three-dimensional printers.

On Tuesday we visited the school of our partners in Martna. We were very warmly welcomed by teachers and students. On the walls we could see the flags of partnership countries as well as words of greetings in different languages. We started with presentations about each school. Students told a few words about their schools and teachers gave small gifts for our partnership school.

After presentations about schools we went to the District Office of Martna where we got some information about how Martna functions. We also learnt about the future changes in Estonian local government.

On the same day students created an application for Biology lesson in Scratch. These classes were conducted by students and a teacher from Spain on the basis of a script written by him. During the lesson students learnt how to use computational thinking at Biology. They formulated programs-quizes about body parts. The rest of integration took part on the headmaster’s private farm where we played and grilled.

On Wednesday there were activities connected with robotics in INNOKAS Institute in Haapsalu. INNOKAS Foundation also helps Estonian teachers in deploying new technologies in teaching. Students took part in workshops where Lego WeDo robots and mobile applications were used. Thanks to that they could operate the robots they built.

On the next day in Estonia we took part in lessons about the basics of programming in the school in Martna. Students created computer applications with the use of Tynker tool. They had to create a program showing basic information about 10 most important cities in their country. The results of their work were presented with the help of Padlet tool. Students together with their attendants created a common multimedia presentation on Google Docs platform. It was about themselves and their interests.

In the afternoon we participated in biological lessons with the use of tablets and applications concerning the structure of birds. These activities  took part in Silma Opidoka which is situated at the scenic shore of Saunja Bay. The host of the meeting  demonstrated  how information-communication technology is used to show the world around us for example he showed online maps of migration of birds.

The last day of our stay was devoted to the final of ProgeTiger competition organized by Estonian HITSA. The finalists of this competition presents the results of their work – programs about safety on  the Internet. All guests could test applications created by Estonian children with the use of various programming tools.

Our next visit within Erasmus+ program was a great chance to form closer relationships between all participants of the project. Students and teachers were improving  their language skills thanks to communicating  with other participants in English. 

Workshops in HITSA

Workshops in The Gustav Adolf Grammar School

Activities in school in Martna

Visit in Community House in Martna

Workshops in INNOKAS

Biology lessons with ICT

Visit in DATEL company in Tallinn

The final ProgeTiiger Competition

Tallinn tour

Haapsalu tour

 

 

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