EUvelopment – modern media crossing borders

The name of the project provides already a short summary itself. EUvelopment means to actively take part in the development of the EU by promoting on the one hand, modern high-quality education on the other hand, the highly essential transnational cooperation of European countries.

With modern media we are crossing borders. In the context of education this means innovating traditional teaching strategies and implementing the use of modern media, especially mobile devices in class. Furthermore modern media make communication on a European level possible and efficient nowadays. Borders are crossed and vanish, virtually European countries move closer together. This proximity provides the basis for communication and cooperation between European countries, which is the precondition for working together on European issues and finding solutions, as we will do on the topic ‘Refugees in the EU’.

The integration of modern media into the everyday reality of the students has already taken place long ago. In contrast, the educational use of these technologies drags behind. With our project we aim to promote a reasonable and intelligent use of mobile devices in class to make use of their great potential and foster media competence also in schools that are not equipped with the latest technologies.

We are going to test the teaching methods of our ‘digital classroom’ on the topic ‘Refugees in the EU – challenges and opportunities’. The rising number of asylum seekers poses a challenge on the different countries of the EU. Cities and also schools have to cope with the growing number of refugees. A lack of tolerance, fear and ignorance often cause problems. Only cooperation and communication on a European level can lead to a solution.

The project’s main objective is enhancing digital integration in learning and teaching. Our project is an answer to the increasing integration of digital media into the world of work and our daily lives. Our schools are responsible to promote a confident and intelligent use of new technologies and to provide a modern, dynamic and professional environment in order to prepare our students successfully for the challenges awaiting them.

To reach this aim the profile of the teaching profession needs to be strengthened. Our project offers teachers the chance to internationalize their work and to realize transnational team teaching. New methods and teaching strategies will be exchanged, tested and applied.

By working together transnationally on the prevailing European issues ‘Refugees in the EU’ our students experience the importance of a strong EU. Their cultural and intercultural competence will be strengthened. They will learn to think and act diplomatically and will develop a positive attitude towards European values. Moreover the project links our different European educational systems and boosts educational performance by providing an exchange between various European schools. Mobility and cross-border cooperation will therefore strengthen the quality of the project’s outcome.

Throughout the project we will carry out different classroom activities about ‘Refugees in the EU’. All lessons are based on the use of mobile devices. The results will include all kinds of digital products such as digital documentations, podcasts, cartoons etc.

During the first year we will focus on the situation of refugees as well as differences in asylum policy in European countries. During the second year we will work on possibilities of integration.

The final product of the project will be a guide in form of an eBook about the use of modern media in class. We want to support our colleagues and strengthen their self-confidence in applying new digital methods themselves. The use of mobile devices in class should become part of every partner school’s curricula.

Our students will work on their own eBook about the successful integration of refugees in our schools and society.