Project activities planned for the project year 2005/06 and possible results
The topic of the project in 2005/06 will be violence in an international context, international conflicts and their coverage in the media.
The participating students will be split up in bi-national pairs. They will contact each other by email, get to know each other and introduce their partners to their classes/study groups. These pairs will work together in the course of the whole project year communicating in the EIRENE-Forum or through email.
The participating student groups introduce themselves and their schools in a short video, which will be exchanged with all the partner schools and they will also publish a group photograph on the EIRENE-website.
The project groups will start with a film. They will see the film Wag the Dog and analyse it in the classroom based on key questions.
Project meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland (teachers and students):
- Discussion of the film in international student groups.
- Creative work on the film
- Planning of creative tasks for the study groups in the partner schools based on students’ discussions about the film
- coordination and planning of further project work (tasks, time table, integration into the school curriculum,…).
- evaluation of the first project period
- discussion of current problems
- selection of a recent international conflict – topic of the work in 2006.
- planning of a new international project in 2006/07
The aim will be to get the project and international communication started, to involve the students in the planning process and to coordinate the project work.
The bi-national pairs will discuss the film through email. At the same time students will work on the creative tasks. The EIRENE-forum and the chatroom will be a platform for discussions among pairs, groups, classes and teachers.
The topic conflicts and the solution of conflicts on an international level shall be dealt with in an analytic and a creative way. Students and teachers will provide special tasks, students will work on them and publish their results on the website. These results will be discussed in the forum. Dealing with a specific international conflict students will anlayse the structure of a conflict and possible solutions. A documentary film could be used to start the discussion. The analysis of the conflict will take place in the participating classes / groups; the bi-national pairs and the study groups will discuss the results of these analyses (published on the website).
A next step will be to look at the media coverage. All the groups will analyse the media coverage of the specific international conflict in their local, regional or international newspapers within a given period of time. The aim will be to find out differences and similarities and to detect common interests and varying national interests. Students will summarize the newspaper articles and translate the summaries into English and interpret them statistically (these results will be published on the website). The bi-national pairs and study groups will discuss these results. These will be the basis for various creative tasks (e.g. students are expected to write reports and articles themselves, make photo collages, illustrations,….) which will also be published on the website.
Project meeting in Santiago de Compostela, Spain (teachers only) in March 2006:
Evaluation of the EIRENE-project (2003-2006), evaluation of the project year 2005/06.
Planning of the new international project
Discussion of further cooperation between the partner schools beyond this Comenius school project.