This Erasmus+ project is a joint initiative of three organisations – an education centre from Poland and two schools from Croatia and Portugal. We have been inspired by the Connected Learning approach to explore cases of youth learning that is motivated by authentic interests and bridging school tasks with engagement in after school activities with the use of digital media.
EST – Wadowice – Poland
EST is an educational establishment offering creative learning activities both to young people and adults. Our particular interests lie in digital tech – we provide a maker space to involve our participants in games authoring, app making, 3D design and robotics.
Srednja škola – Dalj – Croatia
Srednja škola Dalj is a secondary vocational school specialising in economy and agriculture, providing education for three vocational profiles: economist, agriculturer and agro technician. The two main scopes of work are in close correlation and form an interdisciplinary curriculum based on the principle of learning by doing, integrating ICT in the teaching and learning process.
Agrupamento Jorge Correia – Tavira – Portugal
Agrupamento Jorge Correia is a group of schools since pre-primary to secondary education. Secondary education offered by the school covers various courses which include all areas for pursuing studies, professional and vocational courses. Besides the regular classes, many other extracurricular activities fill up school life, addressing various students’ interests in science, art, technology, entrepreneurship and social work.
Our main objective is to foster engagement of school students in “connected learning” experiences. We focus on the subjects where we see the potential to enhance students’ learning through creative use of digital media, taking into account our pedagogical expertise in teaching native and foreign languages, social sciences and entrepreneurship. We are particularly interested in learning scenarios that:
– Encourage experimentation and play
– Cut across the curriculum and combine knowledge and skills from various disciplines
– Favoure experiential learning
– Let students share their projects with authentic audiences
– Make them use digital technology in an active, creative way
The structure of the platform reflects the above interests.
We first outline the Connected learning approach, summarising its principles and giving direct links to original publications.
Second, we present results of our search for concrete cases of pedagogies that can be considered Good practice of connecting formal and informal spheres of young people’s learning with digital tools.
Finally, we present New learning scenarios which originated in our own educational contexts and invite other teachers to try them with their students.
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