Proyecto Erasmus+ (2019-2021)
English summary Project.
The project "Music and Arts in Nature: a Kind Approach to Life" aims at engaging teenage students in the discovery, promotion and respect of the natural, artistic and cultural heritage across their national boundaries. For this purpose, a group of 20 students aged 10-14 years old coming from 4 different countries (Italy, Spain, Bulgaria and Turkey) will travel to the partner countries and will be accompanied by a team of 3 teachers every time an exchange takes place.
The partners have been selected by the leading organisation among those who comply with certain characteristics, namely the music and artistic vocation of their schools; the age of their students; the role of Music in their curriculum, and finally the use of innovative didactic tools that aim at strenghtening students' digital skills. We believe that the project and the mobilities within the project will contribute to create a bridge between Mediterrenean and Eastern Europe, giving its participants the opportunity to share their different artistic traditions, discover natural and historical beauties and deepening their roots and the origins of their cultural traditions.
Not only does the project aim at consolidating cultural bonds by means of an interdisciplinary approach, but it also wish to increase the participants' sensitivity towards music and sounds and its strong connection with Nature. A particular concern is reserved to those students with learning disabilities or disadvantages, who will enjoy a range of activities that will reach them through a variety of channels and fit with their different learning styles.
Indeed, the activities proposed are varied and multisensory (visual, acoustic, kinesthetic), involving the 5 senses and empowering the students' soft skills. The activities proposed range from excursions to beautiful and unique natural places (volcanoes, rocks and lakes) to the listening or performing of concerts in a natural frame. The students will also visit historical monuments in the cities, that witness the incalculable value of national cultural heritage and the necessity to preserve it. They will be engaged in both scientific and artistic workshops (on volcanoes, on painting the nature, on the making of a pot) that will allow them to use their sight, their hands and the body, in a totally inclusive environment.
Inclusivity will also be ensured thanks to the use and improvement of the digital skills, which constitute the matrix of the project and a shared educational approach. For this purpose, prior to the mobilities the students will communicate by means of E-twinning, in so doing they will take advantage of the tools offered by the platform to share multimedia materials and get more confident with the digital tools. Such confidence will also be enhanced by the leading organization and the Spanish partner, who will hold two joint teachers training (September 2019 and March 2020) on digital learning tools.
The aforementioned countries will use their expertise to train the teachers involved towards a conscious, safe and creative use of the digital tools in the teaching process. The training will be immediately put in practice with the students, who will create digital products in tune with the methods proposed (CLIL, flipped classroom). The project will be constantly implemented and promoted by means of E-twinning activities, the creation of a blog, a Facebook page and various gadgets, and its longer term benefits will be the new scientific and artistic knowledge acquired; the new approach to teaching and learning thanks of the acquisition of digital and cross-curricular skills.
The project also aims at producing an impact on local organisations, who will become familiar with it thanks to the activities promotion: we envisage a future cooperation with such organizations, that will surely contribute to non-formal learning of our students.