The Mangualde Group of Schools consists of all schools, from pre-school education to secondary level, including VET courses, recognition and certification of adult skills and distance secondary adult education, in Mangualde municipality. Three of its main buildings are situated next to each other: Secondary School Felismina Alcantara, EB2/3 Gomes Eanes de Azurara, and EB2/3 Ana de Castro Osório. This last school has a School Centre, with several units and activities for pupils with special educational needs. The Mangualde Group of Schools is the largest school unit in the district of Viseu: 2300 pupils, 260 teachers and 150 employees. The Mangualde Group of Schools is also the headquarters of EDUFOR. The EduFor Training Centre (cf. www.edufor.pt or www.edufor.eu ) is the teacher training centre associated with six school groups, all of them in the district of Viseu in Portugal. The six groups of schools (Canas de Senhorim, Nelas, Mangualde, Penalva do Castelo, Sátão and Vila Nova de Paiva) associated with EduFor cover a large area of five councils and have a common potential in several domains. EduFor is acknowledged by the Portuguese Ministry of Education as a teacher training entity. EduFor’s main office is situated in Mangualde Secondary School Felismina Alcantara. Since 1993, we have gained great experience in organizing, managing and assessing training events covering diverse areas and training types, both face-to-face and distance learning. We encourage good educational practices by participating in and designing training courses and pedagogical projects that integrate Technology in learning environments. Some references are TRENDS; Prof2000 and the Inov@r com QI project, whose results were presented at a European level at the "European Conference Educational Research 2007", at the University of Ghent, Belgium” and, of course, Erasmus+ Projects. EduFor has been pursuing a policy of questioning, debate, analysis and training, and in a network environment we have been sharing experiments, innovative environments and answers. The innovative projects that EduFor is now involved in and its Director’s participation in several conferences is proof of its activity. Because EduFor is an association of schools, it is in a position to involve human resources (teachers, staff, pupils, etc.) with the most appropriate profile for each project. The Director of EduFor Training Centre has great experience in the planning and promotion of projects involving schools and technology. The teachers involved are certified as trainers in technology. We are proficient in the use of web 2.0 tools for collaborative work and distance learning. We have experience in Probotica (Programming and robotic) and we give support to teachers training in scratch. We use in our Edufor Innovative Classroom L@b, Bee-Bot, Blue-Bot and InO-Bot. Our last acquisition is the NAO Robot, that is an autonomous programmable humanoid robot developed by Aldebaran Robotics.

Our organization has an ambitious project which and we believe in an inclusive school where everybody is seen as an active member apt to integrate our society. We are a dynamic and active school in order to meet aspirations and ambitions of our 1200 students, aged between 3 and 18, as well as their families and adults learners who come to us. We have the collaboration of our staff: 150 people among teachers, technicians and education assistants. With all non-higher education levels contemplated in the Portuguese educational system, from pre-school to secondary, our organization has significantly wagered in vocational education in recent years as a way to respond to expectations of their students. Our school is located in a region of Portugal which is social and economically in disadvantage, between the river and the mountain with one of the most extensive forest areas. To participate in programs from Europe as this one is an important tool to motivate our students and also to promote their European dimension and citizenship. It is aim of the educational project of the school the education of technology in younger students. The school and local authorities made an investment in electronic and technological material, such as a robots, tablets and pcs for teaching electronics and coding in basic education. We participated in a project called "Internet of Things" where we explored the potential of development boards in school environment. The teachers and students involved have had the opportunity to acquire a range of skills that can be very important to share within this partnership. In addition, a professional computer course in the area of network management and installation, and another one of electronic, automation and computers are ministered in our school. This project will bring added value to the students of this courses. They can share and acquire competences of wide scope to partners of other parts of the Europe.

Geniko Lykeio Alikianou is a public school providing general education to students 14-18 years old. These studies are not compulsory in Greece and last for 3 years. Students prepare for the final national examination to enter higher education. The school is located in Alikianos, a small village 12 Km south of Chania in Crete. It is a provincial, small school with 125 students and 21 teachers. The school was founded in 1976, has 7 classrooms, a science and computer lab. Students live in rural mountain and foothill areas, with a lot of difficulties concerning communication with cultural and economical centers. Most of the families have difficulties in appreciating the knowledge that students receive from such a school. The economical crisis in Greece has affected education adversely. The above mentioned factors have contributed to students dropping out school early at a rate of 30%. School implements a variety of optional activities in order to become more attractive. Teachers try to emphasize on the meaning of informal and non-formal education, empower the personal relationship between all the members of the school community and give everyone the suitable motivation needed to participate in an active, pleasant and creative education. Migrant students (from Albania, Bulgaria and Romania) as well as refugees or asylum seeker students who are expected in the following years are supported by any means to participate in such projects. The school develops strategic partnerships sharing practices taking into account all EU horizontal education priorities. It builds networks to adopt new ideas, practices and exchanges innovative educational methods. It provides educational services in terms of relevant and high-level basic and cross-sectional skills in the lifelong learning through formal or non-formal education and training. It supports inclusive education in accordance with the Paris Declaration, takes actions to implement diversity in (formal and nonformal) education, develops social, civic, intercultural competencies and media literacy, combats discrimination, tackles bullying school activities and reduces inequalities on learning outcomes affecting learners of disadvantaged background which improves the participation and facilitates their transition from education to the world of employment.

Akçansa Fatih Sultan Mehmet, a public school, is situated in the Büyükçekmece territory of Istanbul close Istanbul. Akçansa Fatih Sultan Mehmet Secondary School, which began preparing in 1990, has achieved the present day working in 2006 because of the expanding limit prerequisite. Our school has 43 classrooms, 1 science research facility, 2 ICT rooms, 1 library, 1 music room, 1 painting class, 1 eating lobby, 2 innovation configuration room, 1 specialized curriculum class and 1 bolster instruction class. In each class of our school there are interactive boards that are given under the Fatih Project. There are roughly 1475 students enlisted in our school and 85 educators are working. Academically, students are instructing in arithmetic, Turkish, science, English, socia reviews, painting, music, information technology, technology design, religious culture and morals. The improvement of our students is upheld by different social (theater, Robotic, choir, chess) and sport branches in addition to main courses. We have many honors in many wearing and social rivalries. We have English’s classes in which students learn remote dialect through unique instructing strategies. We have thee guiding administrations that give directing and mental support to our students. The biggest our motivation to participate this project is to develop our teacher’s skills and to provide new opportunities to our students. This project will open a door for us to catch new disciplines about digital world. We can contribute students’ digital thinking and critical skill. At the same time our teachers are so dynamic and open minded. They always want to develop their own skills. They are talent about working interdisciplinary. However these teacher cannot bring out their own potential because of some obstacle such as limited time, current curriculum, money etc. This project will raise professional motivation of teachers and provide satisfaction about their profession. Moreover it provide to develop European identity at our school.

1st Primary School Čakovec is the oldest and biggest primary school in the region. Besides the regular classes, pupils can expand and develop their knowledge, skills and attitudes in additional classes and various extracurricular activities. There are more than 100 employees and 800 students. The school is very well equipped with various teaching aids. There are also two interactive classrooms equipped with smart TVs, interactive Samsung Smart School classroom with 30 tablets, iPad lab and many robots. School employees regularly develop professionally through various seminars and conferences at a regional, state and international level. The sustained quality of the teaching process is displayed in numerous successes of pupils in various competitions, awards and recognitions that teachers get for their work and in numerous professional and scientific articles our employees publish in Croatia and abroad. The school has a great cooperation with the parents, local community and representatives of local authorities. The school is often highlighted as the regional leader in primary education. The school takes part in the e-Schools project: Establishing the system of development of digitally mature schools, which is financed by the EU, and conducted by the Ministry of Science and Education and Carnet with associates. Through the project we aim to develop the efficient and transparent school management, develop digitally competent teachers more prepared to incorporate innovation into their teaching practice and digitally competent pupils more prepared to continue their education and be more competitive in the labor market. We regularly encourage the development of digital literacy and skills in our pupils which is why we actively participate in celebrating the Safer Internet Day, Hour of Code, EU Code Week etc. We regularly develop innovation, creativity, cooperative learning and team work. We continually encourage pupils to be active citizens and to observe their surroundings, identify and solve problems, take initiative. Through various activities we aim to strengthen responsibility, communication skills, leadership skills, develop creative thinking, critical thinking, metacongition and nonconformity in pupils. We offer our pupils the possibility of exploring new areas of interest, develop experiential learning and accomplish the transfer of knowledge. It is our mission to develop the lifelong learning skills and prepare our pupils for further education and the future labor market. The school has a European Commission certificate of the excellence in coding.

 

 

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