|The result of opening up the poor communities towards the up-to-date systems of communications and the information technology, by means of the “Knowledge based Economy” Project, have exceeded people’s expectations. These results have become visible internationally in the case of the Teiu commune in the Argeş County. Thus, in just two years of working with the computer, the youngest members of the community achieved performances that were repaid as part of the eTwinning 2010 conference, organised in the Spanish town of Seville.
The eTwinning „Schoolvision” project, carried out in 2009 by the pupils of the 3rd grade from the Primary and Lower Secondary School „Vladimir Streinu” in Teiu, Arges, reached the grand final and was granted an award as part of the eTwinning 2010 conference, held during the first decade of February in Seville, Spain.
The children in Teiu entered for the section „Creative Use of the Digital Media Means”. The section for which the school pupils competed was modelled after the Eurovision competition and consisted in the rendition of a song by the pupils of each school that participated. The pupils in Teiu participated in this competition with Mihai Constantinescu’s song “A wonderful world”, which the children learnt and recorded.
In the eTwining competition, participants from 30 states entered, and most of them were members of the European Union, and the project was initiated in the UK. As many as 19 schools in the EU, including the school in Teiu – as a matter of fact the only Romanian educational institution entered for this category of the international competition –, competed for the digital technique section, and the teacher and the children from Argeş came in fourth. Their prize, sponsored by eSkills week, shall consist in school equipment.
During this competition, the pupils had the opportunity to feel like tiny stars, to communicate in foreign languages, to successfully use the notions acquired during the performance of the KEP projects. Last but not least, they proved they could creatively use the digital media means, which is why their project was given an award.
“By recording and viewing what they had done, as compared to other people, the Romanian pupils and teachers involved in the project had an excellent opportunity of appreciating the diversity of cultures, as well as a chance of connecting with other traditions across Europe. The participation in this competition has been a true leap for our community, which is focused on knowledge and constant progress. Nothing in life is random. I believe this project has not been created randomly, either, but it has been created so that it might give everyone – pupils, teachers, members of the local community – the chance to acknowledge our role in building a European society, worthy of its citizens”, according to teacher Corina Ciobanu, the coordinator of the eTwining project in Teiu.
For children, this experience has been a fascinating one, Corina Ciobanu added. “I was glad when, out of the 350 projects entered in the final competition, Schoolvision was among the ten winners. I was very glad for the pupils involved in the project given the fact that they are very little (8-9 years) and that their work was appreciated. The impact of this project has been positive in every respect: not only did the pupils feel good, but they also learnt new things that came in handy for their general education and future training for each activity carried out. They learnt to be aware of the fact that a computer could become a real friend if you knew how, when and how much to use it”, as concluded by the coordinating teacher.
The teachers in all the 30 participating countries had the chance to better themselves, in eTwining, as part of TIC workshops. These reunited participants from various European countries, both in view of professional networking and for sharing experiences. Annually, the European states organise workshops that facilitate networking and finding new partners.
The involvement in the Schoolvision 2009 project of the teams from the 30 countries, including Romania, was greeted by the project coordinator – and its founder, too – Michael Purves in Scotland. “I have felt proud to have had the chance to meet the partners who have worked with me in the past year and who have turned this project into a real success. This is the time when we will be focusing on Schoolvision 2010, as we want to organise it in May again, when the new winners are notified. Many thanks to the 30 partners who have contributed to the achievement of this wonderful experience “, as declared by Michael Purves.
In Teiu – Argeş, the preparation for Schoolvision 2010 is about to be initiated. “We have work underway for the new Schoolvision 2010 project”, teacher Corina Ciobanu stated.
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