Erasmus+ subsidie aanvragen met GLOBE

Erasmus+ subsidie aanvragen met GLOBE

Erasmus+ subsidie aanvragen met GLOBE

Gepubliceerd op 8 December 2020

Teacher handbook “Crossing borders for a better future”, now freely available for every school. A transnational project supported by Erasmus+ and GLOBE.

Crossing borders for a better future

Environmental problems have the tendency to cross borders, following airways, waterways, groundwater flows, animals migrating, but also human transport systems. And still, even in the European Union, every country has its own policy, speaks its own language, people live their separate lives. How are we going to be able to deal with environmental problems crossing borders if we keep the borders alive, if we are not used to working together if only on a very high abstract level of politics. To really solve environmental problems, or other problems that have the tendency to not keep itself to one country, we have to learn to work together. And concerning environmental (and other) worldwide problems, we also have to develop a natural and critical approach, so we are able to distinguish fake news from real problems and learn how to solve them using scientific ways. All of these skills and more are taught to students who are involved in the Globe Exchange Program: Crossing borders for a better future.

Video made by participating students

The project

The project has been supported by the EU and developed and performed by teachers and students from three European schools: Wolfert van Borselen in Rotterdam (the Netherlands), Zespół Szkół I Placówek Oświatowych in Nysa (Poland) and Srednja škola Buzet in Buzet (Croatia). We got in touch in spring 2018 thanks to our engagement in the GLOBE program. Its coordinators made an effort to put in touch representatives of schools with prior experience in scientific research this program supports. They wanted to inspire teachers to use their interest in GLOBE measurements and start an international Erasmus+ project together, and we accepted the challenge. During two years of our cooperation our students carried out two full cycles of research projects using GLOBE protocols to ensure a high standard of their work. They were grouped into international teams of six and used various means of communication. They also used digital tools to create final products, like the Multilingual Dictionary of Scientific Terms, videos, presentations and reports. As teachers we monitored their work constantly, helped where necessary and motivated to greater efforts. It was a splendid occasion for us to foster our teaching skills and competences. We learned a lot from each other and also from our students and despite some problems and complications we encountered, we found our partnership really satisfactory.

Teacher handbook

Next to the project itself, one of the most important goals was to develop a handbook for other schools and teachers. The aim of the handbook is to help other schools continue doing projects like these, so it’s ideals are not lost after finishing this first attempt. The handbook of this project is now freely available for every school and it guides you through the whole process of developing your own “Crossing borders”-project, with or without an Erasmus+ subsidy. And we would also like to encourage other schools to improve the project, as evaluation and continuous improvement, together with students, are an integral part of the project. So be part of the new movement to develop transnational skills and work on environmental problems by “Crossing the borders for a better future”!

 

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