The second workshop of Drs. Pieter Hogenbirk and Dr Conor Galvin was oriented at the exploration the challenges of things like identity issues in relation to digital lives and active citizenship. The discussion in small groups led by Dr Conor Gavin touched topics of digital citizenship, questions of privacy / visibility, ‘footprint’, ownership of the digital self, levels of citizenship , etc.
The topic of digital citizenship has been really interesting for the discussing teachers because they realise how important it is to know how act when we are online, and what should be taught to the next generation. All of the audience agreed there is a need to talk about responsible use of technology. The workshop was really useful and inspiring.
If you can speak even one Slavic language, it allows you to operate and communicate in many countries and languages. I don’t understand- “Nie rozumiem” in Polish, would be “Ne rozumím”* in Czech, ”Nerozumiem“ in Slovak “I don’t know”—“nie wiem” in Polish, “ne vim” in Czech, ”Neviem“ in Slovak, etc.
eTwinning teachers from Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Croatia presented their successful projects and all the Slavic participants of this workhop could understand them. Katarzyna Chojnacka from Poland introduced interesting activities done with her students in the project “Japan“ which was devoted to history, culture and traditions of Japan.
The project “Matematyka zmysłami i zabawa gotowa / Mathematics senses create fun“ dealing with Mathematics was presented by the Polish teacher Marzena Kaszyňska. It was really interesting for the audience beause of its creativity and fun way of teaching complicated Maths issues. The project has inspired especially science teachers.
Kornélia Lohyňová from Slovakia and Petra Plíhalová from the Czech republic showed all the participants of the workshop how great is to motivate pupils to become the sportsmen and great representatives of their country as well as to learn more about the idea and the message of the Olympic Games. Their project “Rýchlejšie, vyššie, silnejšie / Faster, Higher, Stronger” impressed not only by its interesting form but especially by using a great amount of ICT tools.
A Croatian teacher Dubravka Granulić attracted the attention of the audience by her inspiring presentation of the project “Moja knjiga – moj priajatelj / My Book – My Friend“.
This workshop was the presentation of quality, creativity and enthusiasm of the teachers and their students. The mutual understanding of all Slavic languages involved was its added value.
A great start of the workshop – Drs. Pieter Hogenbirk meets all the participants personally J. The workshop begins with the presentation of the state of implementation of citizenship into curriculum of the school based on some quality indicators used by the Dutch inspectorate – Quality assurance and Educational supply.
All the participants have carried out the self evaluation of their schools on citizenship and in groups discussed together with Pieter Hogenbirk and Conor Galvin the issues of citizenship, how citizenship activities are affirmed to the school subjects and what can the schools do to strengthen the importance of active citizenship in the educational process.
This workshop has given its participants the opportunity to obtain new viewpoints and insights on the discussed topic, it was inspiring and motivating for teachers and it was worth to attend it.