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SEVEN DAYS IN STOCKHOLM !

ERASMUS+   Training Course  DIGITAL EXTRA

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Pubblicato il 05 gennaio 2018 in Didattica

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On Sunday morning the 30th of July I was ready for a new great adventure: an Erasmus+ course in Stockholm. The week before I’ve finally got within all the documents that were sent, I had read a lot about this country and its capital trying to get as much information as I could. I caught my flight on time not to say how excited I was. Just flying over the Alps on a beautiful day with a clear, blue sky make me feel so pleased of having had the opportunity to experience a training course abroad. I was eager to start.

At the hotel our course leaders David, Steven and Sabrina were waiting for us welcoming all the participants, later sharing the first dinner made everyone feel more relaxed getting the chance to talk and know each other.

Ready to work. The first day were presented the course main aims and the leading methodologies, tasks were given for the week, and in the meanwhile we were divided into four different groups. Since our group was composed by a considerable percentage of South Mediterranean teachers we were “friendly warned” to watch the time, always to be on time for the meetings and even doing our homework day by day. No one could never imagine what kind of diligent pupils we would have become, just at the end of the week!

Sabina, Emiliano,Grigoris and Emy
Sabina, Emiliano,Grigoris and Emy

Everyone presented himself/herself and his/her relative position in school, following some lectures were held by David Powell getting everyone involved trough discussions and debating on how outdoor teaching in cultural and heritage sites can be supported by digital applications and on the outdoor classroom management. The next issue was on using free apps and programs for creating and editing videos. Afterwards a most pleasant task: tasting some food and wine we have brought with us; this helped bonding together as a European team and building relations throughout schools in a multicultural dialogue.

In the afternoon we had an icebreaking activity which was perhaps quite engaging: a “Museum of me” with a few objects everyone had to present herself, telling something of her life, her job or hobbies. Sharing different stories was absolutely team building, helpful to communicate. Later we discussed on the concept of why do we have museums, what museums do and their relation with education, Elearning environments and Mlearning. We also talked on how using different methodologies enhance learning, making it deeper, following the Gardner’s multiple intelligences theory. A greater understanding was gained on how digital applications can support teaching outside the classroom and can help teachers both trough getting control on what students are learning and offering learning materials and activities at any time and any place. We also talked about copyright and privacy management.

Later Steven Ek took us into the city centre for a guided tour discovering through its history but even under different perspectives Gamla Stan. As soon as we finished we could experience the first assignment, a spatial exercise: reading the city as a museum with a special sight on monuments, buildings and landscape.

Our guide Steven
Our guide Steven
Exploring the city
Exploring the city

On Tuesday we experimented outdoor education at Skansen a living open air museum. We also started working on a specific task as a group: taking pictures, interviewing museums’ guides about life in Sweden of women, men and children in three different époques and producing video. Undertaking this specific issue, we realized that the time given was really short further we really needed to work cooperatively. Each of us was therefore in charge of different assignments, the aim was to investigate the Swedish identity and culture in the past. Not to say that was just a pity not having additional time to spend there…

Skansen Map
Skansen Map
Our guide
Our guide
Ancient Swedish house
Ancient Swedish house

In the afternoon we were ready for the next visit: the Medieval Museum. We were asked to create a lesson investigating artefacts, later the digital task: “Tracks, trail and tags” creating QR codes as information support or research issues for students. We also had the time to visit an exhibition “Levande Historia” which gave us the opportunity to discuss on how the new media, sometimes using tricks, can influence people and to advise others about what they can do to cope with the daily flow of information and to withstand its impact.

Medieval Museum
Medieval Museum
On Wednesday we went at the Vasa museum, the most visited in Scandinavia. There we experimented another different methodology as we worked with online material for self-guided tour. The identity of this museum was discovered by the representation of the symbolism of the ship; we were given assigned instructions at some specific places, taking pictures and writing questions on the notes that were already prepared for us. Some information has to be given: the Vasa ship capsized and sank in Stockholm in the 16th, then after three centuries on the sea bed, this mighty and magnificent warship was salvaged and now his voyage continues being the world's only preserved 17th century ship! I can only say, regarding this visit, that was a great feeling to be there.

inside the ship
inside the ship
the Vasa ship
the Vasa ship
In the afternoon we visited the Tekniska Museum where we could see the development of technology and its impact on society. We had seen “100 Innovations" an exhibition that showcases the most important innovations in history as rated by the Swedish people. We also experimented the augmented reality, we could walk with dinosaurs, while a wandering astronaut joined us on a weightless walk. There we produced a live streaming video trying to read the museum’s message. We also used Photosynth, an app for capturing and viewing in 3D.

knowing an astronaut trough AR
knowing an astronaut trough AR
As long as our knowledge was improving in every fields, we’ve got even deeper achievements on our soft skills. In fact, in the evening we had a very special dinner in a Thai restaurant, following we delighted Sabrina our supervisor, singing a four languages medley: everyone should always remember that an Erasmus is a 360° experience!

Dinner in Gamla Stan
Dinner in Gamla Stan
sharing a dinner
sharing a dinner

On a nice sunny morning, on Thursday, we went for a day trip out of town: our destination was Mariefred and Gripsholms Slott. As always, we had an active involving task: each group was supposed to explore and read this small, lovely renaissance city and describe it through one colour, using tablets. Carrying on this exercise a single rule to respect: only eight pictures! Telling actually the truth I felt like being in the setting of a marvellous picture. In the afternoon a guided tour: the Gripsholms Castle, which houses the Swedish State’s portrait collection, exploring, using and learning from the cultural heritage. How to finish a beautiful day? Back to Stockholm on a steam boat.

on the way to Mariefred
on the way to Mariefred
Mariefred
Mariefred
Gripsholm Slott
Gripsholm Slott
the steam boat
the steam boat
Friday morning, we visited a Stockholm’s district settled in the 1950, this allowed us to compare the development of the capital through the centuries and within different decades, associating its relation with nature, the environment and different landscapes. During the week, we could see many different aspects of Sweden from the 12th, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Neo Classic, the Industrial. We visited several different museums investigating the messages they sent.

a district of the city
a district of the city
a district of the city
a district of the city
Stockholm Gamla Stan
Stockholm Gamla Stan
In the afternoon we documented all the visits to sites and museums we had during the week on a digital display, we created and edited a video with Pinnacle and we presented a lesson plan on a possible visit on a local national museum or heritage site, practicing all the methodologies acquired and putting knowledge and competence into teaching.

My team
My team
The evaluation of my Erasmus experience is rather difficult to explain with a few words even though I have thirty-four years of teaching experience behind. I tried anyway to fix the most important words in a words clouds...

what I take home with me...
what I take home with me...
Certainly achievements were gained in different fields as cultural, historical, geographical and even a deeper knowledge on E and Mlearning, media skills and tools. But the real benefit was being involved in a European dimension as a teacher, building relationships with schools and colleagues by means of cooperation.

my Erasmus group!
my Erasmus group!

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