Visibility of eTwinning Projects Group Newsletter no. 5 - July 2015 - Page 37

Visibility of eTwinning Projects Group July 2015 Newsletter -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The possibility of collaboration with peers from all over Europe proved itself as a significant help in motivating our students in programming, the part of the syllabus that students often find the most difficult. These activities are also related to the vocational guidance and should stimulate them to continue their education in the areas of IT. Programming was an important part of the activities of two projects at II. Primary School Čakovec. The basic goal of the project ˝2014 Winter Olympics, Sochi, Russia˝ was promoting the idea of Olympism connected to another event, the European Code Week 2013. On this occasion we organised workshops for students of grades 7 and 8 ˝Create logo using Logo˝. The idea was very simple: creating a program in Terrapin Logo which drew the logo of the Olympic Games. After the workshops the students had the opportunity to exchange experiences with partners from Spain via videoconference. The syllabus of the extracurricular activity IT gives the teacher the freedom to choose contents and topics to be dealt with throughout the school year. Thereby, Scratch was incorporated in the curriculum of grades 5 to 8, which was done as a part of the project ˝Safe Internet – A Bridge Between Us“. In this project our students had a chance to express their ideas creatively by making animated stories on the theme of safety on the internet and exchange experiences and impressions with partners from Greece. The project ˝Science Around Us” at Primary School Vladimir Nazor Pribislavec drew attention to science and famous scientists from partner countries. It has been integrated into the school curriculum (The Evening of Science dedicated to Nikola Tesla) and optional classes of IT for grades 7 and 8. During Computer Science Education Week students took part in the Hour of Code. We exchanged our impressions with partners from Turkey through an online survey. The results were published on the TwinSpace. Furthermore, within classes of IT eighth graders studied the examples of a program applied in maths, physics and chemistry. They also did a research on scientists whose names are related to discoveries or topics related to certain examples. 37