Evaluation Report - First Year
The project is the result of a preparatory visit held in Sicily in September 2000 which was attended by delegates for the French, Danish, Austrian and German partners. At that time it was agreed to invite an Eastern Europe school to join the project, the KALNIECIAI Secondary School in Kaunas in Lithuania.
After the approval from Brussels we lost the French partner; and the Lithuanian one was admitted to the project only in January 2002 and this caused some inconvenience as far as the organization was concerned.
In October 2001 a project visit was held in Denmark to verify the feasibility of the activities proposed, to enhance the relationship between the partner and create a new enthusiasm about the European dimension of education. It was a good chance to confirm topics and activities for the first year and decide and schedule the ones for the second year which will be focused on our ancestors, namely the ancient civilisations in the Mediterranean ( Greek and Roman ) and in Northern Europe ( Celts, Vikings, Saxons, Normans).
After the first hesitations the project is now at the end of the first year and it is time for evaluation. The first relevant activity was the carrying out of the calendar of European values such as solidarity, peace, health, democracy, etc. The partner schools used various techniques to express the deepest meaning of these values, spending some time in the classes to discuss about them and choosing the ways to interpret graphically the chosen topics. The final destination of these works was the calendar 2002 which was printed in Denmark in an A3 format and distributed among the partners and published on the project web site (http://www.woehlerschule.net/commonroots ).
The Lithuanian partner who joined the project later made a calendar on their own on the same subject in February.
Then the attention was mainly devoted to the most relevant activity for the first year, the science project on the most important scientists from the partner countries: Fermi and his group in Rome; Philip Reis from the Woehlerschule in Frankfurt , Oersted for Stensballen School in Horsens, Carl Auer Von Welsbach for EuropaGymnasium in Klagenfurt, Marija Aleksaite Gimbutiene for the Lithuanian partner. The results of this work has been partially published on the website designed in Frankfurt by the German partner. It was a powerful tool to arise interest and participation for teachers and students who have learned from each other. The large use of English as communication language has contributed to the improvement in the competence in the foreign language for the students and the teacher, as well.
The research study on the scientists has been accompanied by laboratory activities to repeat the experiences and the achievements . Most of these data will be published on the website at the beginning of the new school year. The coordinating school was engaged in some experiments on different types of electric pile.
Another important aspect of the common roots project has been the research on famous people and places as published by the Danish partner on H.C.Andersen, Soeren Kierkegaard and N.F.S. Grundtvig and the city of Copenhagen in 1849, the Constitution , the masterpieces of Danish painters. The Italian school has produced photos by the students of naïf-style murales in the town of Linguaglossa, which well express the spirit of a civilisation well beyond common places and easy stereotypes. A series of art drawings have been published on the website showing monuments and special places in Linguaglossa, using the technique related to black ink.
Back from summer holidays the students from all schools will be engaged in finishing the science project and showing on the web the historical origins of their community. As for Italy it will be the task of telling the medieval history which led to the foundation in about 1200 A.D. of the three towns where our students come from.
Among the activities which are not fully exploited at the moment it is not to be forgotten the e-mail correspondence among the students, or via the forum of the project or to chat in real time on specific topics.
One more thing is the production of a video from each school showing the school and the larger community the students come from and live in .
Finally some space is to be devoted to the mobility of students and teachers. Such an activity was already experienced by the Italian and Lithuanian partner who were engaged in an exchange in spring 2002 . The opportunity of visiting another community has turned into a productive experience both on the cognitive and cultural side and on the human one. It has repeatedly said that it is worth of doing and extending it to more students, for the advantages they provide teachers and students with. AT the moment no other exchanges was reported among the other partners.
A large diffusion has been given to the project and to the related activities through the Comenius day, newspaper interviews, the school paper, and participation to local and regional TV networks.
Shortly it can be said that after the first moments of uncertainties the project is now well settled and there are the best conditions to go on in a successful way. Some of the objectives set at first have been achieved, some others are on the way to be completed. From a survey among teachers and students it was understood that they have profited from the project in term of a better communicative competence in foreign language, in the use of information and communication technologies, and in the awareness of the relevance of the European dimension of education in ages of fast developments and great complexities.