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Telling stories about Animal Welfare (Hungary)
CountryHungary
City or regionKállósemjén
School nameKállay Miklós Általános Iskola
NameEgri Józsefné
Subject taughtIT
Age group of pupils13-14
Piloted Learning Activities & Learning Storytell a story
Duration of the pilot2 months

 

Title of the storyAnimal welfare
Lesson aims/objectivesTo let the pupils have real-life experience with the animals living in their enviroment as well,  besides getting to know more about the animal- and human rights in our country and the EU. To get them know about the needs of the animals, and their eating- and reproducing habits.
Teaching and learning narrativeIn the lessons we have collected the animals living in our environment close by. We created records of the pupils' pets. We have looked up the rules of keeping animals in Hungarian and EU terms on the web. We have formed groups based on favoured animals. Then we have collected the informations regarding their nutrition, reproduction, typical diseases and vaccinations. We have selected one animal for each group that they will take photos of, and follow the little animal's evolution.
iTEC technologies and other resources/tools used searching on the internet, forming teams, creating slide show of the photos, making a presentation  
Teacher comments (+/-)
 
It was a new situation to the pupils that we were not studying IT topic in the IT lessons. They found it interesting to form teams based on the favoured animals. It was also new to me to go into a subject I'm not familiar with. To make a precies work I had to ask for the opinion of my nature-teaching colleague. I have also learned a lot myself with the pupils and from their notes. The IT classroom is not really suitable for teamwork. So we have come up with creating the virtual groups with the help of Skype. The pupils liked this sort of teamwork a lot, what I tend to apply lovingly since then in summarising, practicing or systematising lessons. I thought that the pupils will not work properly in this virtual group, but I was surprised experiencing that it works splendidly. There is no noise, everyone knows who to turn to for help when stucked, and the teamleaders are directing the work brilliantly. They were able to learn very well from each other. The members had heated debates. They had pros and cons, they stood up for their own opinions.
Students’ comments (+/-)
 
The pupils liked the field-work. They gladly used the digital camera. I liked the post-production. They noticed such moments on the photos they did not notice during taking them. They liked it that they did not have to master a given program, but to use various programs during the work. Taking photos, sharing documents, using Skype were close to their interests. They even used Excel gladly in order to systematize the informations, what they normally do not like. They saw how else the so far learned softwares can be used.
Key innovation(s) identified.The integration among the subjects was new. The project linked more subjects. the teamwork and field-work were also new to us, just as that they had to respond to each other's works.
Success factors enabling the objectives to be reached, or best practice identified The fact that we processed a topic that was chosen by the pupils themselves and felt their own contributed a lot to achieve our goals. The location needed for the field-work was also their choice. It is important to keep publishing our works and the others respond to them. This ensures the motivation to continue and have a quality work.
Successful outcomes  The pupils got to know new IT tools. They learned how to use already known tools in an other way. They learned that the subjects are connected, they cannot be separated. What we learned in the lessons of each subject can be adapted in another subjects. They learned to cooperate in order to achieve one goal. 
Tips/Advice to other teachersIt is worth planning such short projects for each subject, that might cover the syllabus of 2-3 weeks and would let the pupils to do some research freely on these fields, and systematize their knowledge by using those IT tools they are very familiar with. It is also not a problem if they can use them better than the teacher himself/herself. Let them teach each other and us how to use them.
Summary Good topic, well-formed groups, work-methods fitting the interests, and the result is ensured. Do not want to teach, just report, make them suspect, be doubting, and help the work from the background, and everything goes on its own way.
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