The AMORES project just launched the AMORES Multimedia Flickr group. Now anyone (even outside the consortium) with their own yahoo account will be able to join and upload their own photos and comment related to the digital literacy and AMORES project. There are already more than 200 photos from workshop seminars, comic strips and logo candidates from logo competition.
AMORES pilot implementation opens with workshops for parents and students Workshop for parents in Croatia.
The pilot implementation phase of the project is starting in September in all five partner schools – in Poland, Denmark, Sweden, Croatia and the UK – and will last throughout the school year. One of the first steps is the organisation of workshops during which teachers will talk to the students and their parents about the project and the new AMORES methodology in teaching literature which will be employed in the pilot. It is important to have parents on board so that the children have parental support in reading and the safe use of interactive ICT tools in homework assignments.
The aim of the AMORES methodology is to encourage greater student engagement with literature through the interactive and collaborative use of ICT. The students will create digital artefacts and share these with their peers in countries around Europe. For example, Croatian students might create videos around Croatian literary works and then share and discuss these online, via videoconference, with students from the United Kingdom. During the pilot phase the new methodology will be tested in actual use by teachers and students who will have chance to influence the revision of the methodology through the student voice approach.
The pilot will be implemented in ten classes, numbering around 200 students in total. The schools involved in the project are: Primary School ABIS “School4Child”, Lodz, Poland; Skægkærskolen, Silkeborg, Denmark; Karlbergsskolan, Köping, Sweden; Primary School Horvati, Zagreb, Croatia and St. Mary’s Katholic Primary School, Staffordshire, United Kingdom. The fact that the new methodology will be tested in five different contexts makes the project results representative at a European level. Updates on pilot progress and results as well as guidelines on how teachers can apply the methodology in their own teaching will be available on our news section here.
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The teachers and other project members involved in developing the AMORES methodology held a videoconference yesterday to mark the beginning of the next stage of the project - pilot implementation. Five countries – Sweden, Denmark, the UK, Croatia and Poland – met online to chat over a biscuit and a cup of coffee. This was the first opportunity for the teachers to come together after the online course in June and discuss the steps that will need to be taken over the following months. The conference included the planning of parent-teacher workshops, where the students and their parents will learn more about AMORES, as well as an informal focus group discussion to gather additional feedback about the online course which will be published as OER (Open Educational Resources). It was an excellent opportunity for everyone to exchange ideas and raise points that needed clarification.
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