Lifelong Learning Programme

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Dalia ValikonienėTeacher
Lithuania
European Erasmus+ project “E– learning from nature” has been a great opportunity to make teaching/learning process more interesting. My students were not only encouraged to find some new information about the protected areas that are close to their living place, the plants that grow and the birds that nest in the area, but they also had to help to create on -line lessons which was a great challenge as we have never done that before. The lessons that took place outside school were very beneficial as well. I am convinced that participating in the project was a great support improving cooperative skills of my students and teaching them to work as a team.
Domantasgiržadas, Indre Genyte, Laura BeniusyteStudents
Lithuania
When participating in the project we made some research work on Nature in our National park-Neringa-Smiltynė. It was very beneficial in broadening our look on the environment, its beauty and problems at the same time. Also, we have learnt the methods of searching information on the Net, preparing the presentations. Working in team we also learnt social skills, sharing experience. We felt our teachers’ professional help, their support. In the future we will know how to apply scientific methods when exploring nature.
Enda CarrTeacher
Ireland
The points of strength of the project are: the extramural emphasis on how topics related to nature are taught; the international information visible on interesting projects in other countries; work being done on teaching and learning in our own school; the fact that it forces out teaching team to reflect and adapt how we convey the importance of nature to our students; the emphasizes the links between nature; biology and nature.
Ingrida RaguckienėTeacher
Lithuania
The project gave the success in the following activities: new knowledge + innovative practices during the lessons; self-contained research activity performance by students; cooperation (between students, as well between students and teachers, between teachers); interdisciplinary integration (chemistry, biology, geography, information technology); activities in the nature without tension, stress; better results by students. As well it is very useful when we can see and exchange information in project website, see what is done in other countries, and learn from that.
Kate O’BrienTeacher
Ireland
I have observed colleagues in the Irish Science Teachers’ Association taking part in the project and am looking forward to seeing how the E-lessons and Teachers’ Guide develop. I like the mix of lessons – some for students and some more useful for teachers.
Maria SheehanTeacher
Ireland
Fantastic to see what others are doing in this project. Our students have enjoyed participating in this project and have been delighted to get the opportunity to explore the local habitats and nature hotspots.
Nijolė ČesnulevičienėTeacher
Lithuania
Experience outside the classroom enhances learning by providing students with opportunities to practice skills of enquiry, values analysis and clarification and problem solving in everyday situations. The experience of learning outside the classroom can help students develop a greater sense of their own responsibilities towards each other and the tasks on which they are working. We are very happy to have such possibility to participate in such interesting project. Also to see other countries’ schools, who are working in the same area, material online, it could be as learning tool for all of us. It really helps to motivate students and update teaching process.
Reda ŠarienėTeacher
Lithuania
The project is focused on important activities for students and teachers, development of outdoor lessons and learning in innovative way. It ensured better achievement of lessons aims within the classroom - teaching a group of 11 grade students to achieve a common goal in non-traditional environment. Students created groups and implemented with challenge to make them in an unusual environment. The students enjoyed the lesson in nature, they had space for creative freedom, practical work and reflection.
Rima B., N. ČesnulevičienėTeacher, School Director
Lithuania
Participation in Erasmus+KA2 project E-learning from Nature was a great opportunity for our school society to fulfil some basic objectives – support creativity and problem solving. Providing students with learning activities in relevant situations beyond the walls of the classroom is vital for helping students appreciate their first hand experiences from a variety of different perspectives. Also it was great opportunity for teachers to update their lessons to provide them in non-traditional environment in purpose to improve teaching/learning process. We are completely satisfied with participation in this project and we hope to have other opportunities to take part in other Erasmus projects.
Vitalija PliakuvieneTeacher
Lithuania
This project united students from different classes to explore nature, the environment of our National park, as they did the research work on the pollution of the sandy beaches, water contamination, the most common plants of the dunes, air pollution. Also, students got acquainted with the methods of research, learnt how to use IT for searching information, how to apply their collected information to school curricular activities. Moreover, students exchanged their experience, knowledge and learnt how to identify the connections between natural elements and related science based school curricular activities. They produced e-films on collected materials and made presentations. The participation in the project was very beneficial for both teachers and students, as they friendly collaborated in the countryside and during lessons.
A. Neves, A. Carvalho, B. Borges, D. Carvalho, E. Costa, M. PiresStudents
Portugal
We were very excited for the project: it awaked in the group the passion of Nature and make us reflect about our rich patrimony, which is recognized by UNESCO. The species are awesome but they are in big danger however the partnership between Portugal and Spain is trying to change that. We were really interested in the result of our previous research which revealed us many secrets of Douro. The final result it’s an amount of new knowledge and video is amazing.
Cintia ColibabaTeacher
Romania
This project united students from different classes to explore nature, the environment of our Bothanical Garden in Iasi as they did the research work on the bird population in this place. They also found out about natural protected sites in our area and the need to respect the legislation in use and even reinforce it. Pollution was another important matter that was debated and how they can decrease their own input in this phenomenon. An important element was that students used multiple resources while searching for information and that their research was applicable for school curricular activities. They took part in e-films on collected materials and made presentations. I think it was great for them to participate in this project as they connected better and learned that their joint actions are of major importance in maintaining the environment as it is or even improve it.
Elza GheorghiuTeacher
Romania
It’s really interesting and inspiring to see science activities in action; how teachers from different countries make science more appealing and accessible starting from lessons given by nature! Good food for thought!
H. DinisTeacher
Portugal
To participate in this project was extremely gratifying. One of the objectives was to present the Douro International river canyon to young people from other countries and that encouraged the working group to actively participate in all the steps necessary to achieve it. The fact that students could verify, in a real scenario, the learning concepts discussed in the classroom and had to use their knowledge in the different stages of the Project was an added value for the teaching-learning process. It was also an occasion for sharing, inter-helping, collaborative work, expressing respect for each other's ideas, allowing students to grow as citizens. The end result reflects all the enthusiasm, commitment and creativity of the group.
I. C.Teacher
Romania
I think the videos speak volumes about students’ interest in such e-lessons from nature. Their involvement and engagement in the lesson is visible (thanks to new technology) no matter its stage (experiment, outside trip, teacher’s explanations. Probably because its steps follow the natural course and are put to good use: first they stir interest and questions, stimulate intellect, then encourage exploration and answers, quench thirst and instill love of research and of learning.
I. F.Teacher
Romania
I’ve been impressed by students’ facial expressions when participating in such lessons. Their faces not only display interest and curiosity but also beam with joy and pleasure! Physics and chemistry are difficult and abstract or rather this is what students have always considered them and most of them have built high walls between them and sciences. Needless to say we, teachers have shared such opinions. Well, the videos simply shatter them. Inspiring!
Ilaria BarsantiTeacher
Romania
The project offers a collection of high-value resources and strategies to promote scientific subjects teaching and learning. The set of E-lessons provide a demonstration of how it is possible to address educational needs taking full advantage of the nature’s potential: offering places where to carry out scholar activities, instead of the traditional school environment, and achieve equally significant results; nature offering a wide range of interesting topics that capture students’ attention, and that can be used to approach traditional school subjects in innovative ways; nature to bring teachers and students closer, and to involve students in cooperative educational activities. The project provides useful sources of inspiration and insights to introduce innovative methodologies in schools and to facilitate an effective students’ involvement, increasing their motivation and field-specific skills and competences.
Iulia IstrateTeacher
Romania
I have been fascinating by the resources offered by this project. I teach history and I am very interested to teach my subject in an integrated system. This web site gave me access to a Database of local areas relevant for the study of scientific subjects and I could get ideas about how I could better illustrate to my students facts about wars and battles. I am often working with my colleague who teaches geography classes and the site has shown me how to better cooperate in this partnership
Iulia IstrateTeacher
Romania
I have been fascinating by the resources offered by this project. I teach history and I am very interested to teach my subject in an integrated system. This web site gave me access to a Database of local areas relevant for the study of scientific subjects and I could get ideas about how I could better illustrate to my students facts about wars and battles. I am often working with my colleague who teaches geography classes and the site has shown me how to better cooperate in this partnership
Ivone FachadaDirector
Portugal
We believe that this project is helping students and teachers to be informed and to learn how to interpret the vast Portuguese natural heritage in both fauna and flora aspects, and any other human intervention of scientific interest, with particular attention to the natural wealth of region, in a very important and specific environmental area (Montesinho Natural Park). The students are acquiring skills on both basic and advanced aspects of the ecology and management of nature and we think this project is an added value for intellectual growth and encourages students to participate in other initiatives of this scope.
Jean RotaruTeacher
Romania
The project E-Learning from Nature project has a very generous goal for the teachers who teach sciences and who want to increase the motivation of their students in the subject taught. What I noticed as a direct consequence is the fact that it has stimulated my students’ proactive approach to learning scientific subjects, such as physics. I have to say that I have been using the environment around to teach various topics but due to the fact that this project requires a lot of attention to nature I have been focusing on liaising more my teaching to natural phenomena has greatly contributed to innovate my teaching methodologies.
M. C.Teacher
Romania
As a teacher of biology I got a lot of teaching tips from the films posted on the project platform. Starting from nature (as suggested by the project idea) seems to be the ideal and natural way of introducing the topic to students; this will prepare them for more abstract explanations. Although the project video presentations quench their curiosity (related to that particular scientific item) their innate thirst for knowledge is stimulated and they will ask for more, which is exactly one of the project objectives: to make students interested in science!
Maria Antónia MartinsTeacher
Portugal
The students were actively involved on the research and execution of the proposed project, allowing them to deeply understand the cultural and natural heritage of the region and to develop new scientific skills. The creation of this platform gives access to a wide number of classes, based on real life problems, of very different local contexts, giving motivation to the students for the study of the involved scientific subjects.
P. C.Teacher
Portugal
This project shows a very interesting way of teaching, allowing students to learn easily simple and applied mathematics principles and calculations, as well as easy learn on natural sciences in situ. Also, students show more interest and more attention to the matters presented. It seems they are able to learn faster than in a normal classroom teaching.
Ramona CirsmariSchool Director
Romania
As the principal of the school I am interested to always have access to new ideas and monitor the groups of teachers who work in the field of the methodologies of teaching. Henceforth I look forward to monitoring how the E-learning lessons related to the local areas are developing; the teacher’s guide aiming a teaching methodologies based on real life case scenarios is another area of my interest.
Vlad OrzaTeacher
Romania
This project was of big significance for the students that took part in it, explaining, in a very relaxed and practical approach nature and the human body and how they interact. The plants and their needs, how we can help their development and also what to do to protect house plants was a lesson that my young students were very interested in and participated with glee. Having learning activities outside, in direct contact with nature, is vital for helping students appreciate their first hand experiences. Teaching older students to make connections regarding their body and the environment that surrounds us in a non-traditional way was really a challenge for the teachers. Explanations about physics phenomena and modern technologies like robots found success with the students. Also, how chemical compounds interact and what their importance is. We are very excited to participate in such an interesting project. Also, for the teachers, the online platform acts as new teaching material, helping us develop our teaching process.
Anastasiadou AntigoniTeacher
Greece
Promoting the idea of education through nature is magnificent. The description of the geographical areas is superb and offers an excellent learning tool. The e-lessons are really useful. Some of them are of very good quality, and their content is really useful and interesting. The content of these lessons can be used either in the class concerned with the subject or in the English teaching.
Katsioula PanagiotaTeacher
Greece
As a teacher, I found this project very interesting and intriguing. It promotes a different approach on students’ learning. The database is full of useful ideas about how to enhance the ICT tools in the school education. I also observed that the students were very focused and excited about the project and it could combine different kind of lessons like biology, chemistry, geography etc. Finally this project promotes local areas and helps students to come in touch in nature and explore it, not only in the books but in real life.
Apostolopoulou AngelikiTeacher
Greece
This project was an excellent opportunity to work with my students in a different and more interesting way. It really helped the children to involve with the new technologies in combination with the traditional educational methods. They had to develop new skills, to cooperate with each other, to make the presentations. During the preparation they improved their self-contained research abilities in the fields of nature and they shared information about their project. It was a great chance to work as a team, to come closer and widen my teaching approaching by using ICT in science.
Symeonidou MariaTeacher
Greece
Great educational experience, with well-organised work by the partners - which is also reflected on the platform with the selection of thematic fields and the data concerning the management of the project. The platform offers an extremely useful source of information for teachers and students. Videos can help in creating of good practices in education. The design of the platform is very practical. You can find and use the results of the project very easy.
Chrysikou SotiriaTeacher
Greece
The content of the platform gives new impetus to teachers. It is possible to acquire new ideas that can be applied to teaching and to attract students' interest.
Tzimouli EleniTeacher
Greece
It is extremely interesting how much nature can inspire the teacher to produce useful work in education. Certainly, the teacher's guide will be a useful educational tool.