ERASMUS+ programme, 2014-2016
TITLE: ENVI-MOBILE: Integration of mobile learning into environmental education fostering local communities development
Contract number: 2014-1-SK01-KA200-000481
Bringing more innovative activities into environmental education and increasing interest and participation of local people in communities’ life.
The project objectives were:
To fulfill the specific project objectives we have produced the following outcomes/ outputs:
a) Database of at least 500 interactive environmental questions, downloadable through application, providing also a learning resource for environmental education in foreign language.
b) Pedagogical materials - 50 methodologies for cross - subject teaching of environmental education fostering local communities’ development through pro - environmental thinking and supporting the development of science, language and ICT skills.
c) Needs analyses study which has identified the key areas of environmental education for particular local communities.
To effectively deliver the project outcomes towards the target group and other potential beneficiaries, following events have been organized:
Project partners were:
Strom života - a non-governmental, non - profit organization active in the field of environmental education and cultural heritage preservation in Slovakia already for 40 years. Main target group of the organization are children in kindergartens, elementary school children and youth in general. The organization provides services for these groups by creating variety of programs focused on environmental education at all levels, including preservation events, publishing activities, environmental competitions and many other.
IBIMET-CNR was founded in 2000 by the merge of four different Institutes working in the field of monitoring, environmental analysis and rural development, as part of the Agri-Food Department of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR). IBIMET-CNR employs 60 people on permanent contracts and around 50 on temporary contracts, with background in agriculture, forestry, physics and economy, as well as social and political sciences. IBIMET-CNR applies a multidisciplinary approach in several research fields, such as rural development and environmental conservation. For the last decade, IBIMET-CNR has been focusing on topics related to cultural heritage, conservation, rural development and agriculture both in Europe and in Developing Countries. IBIMET-CNR aims also to overcome the gap between society and science. Over the years, IBIMET-CNR has been engaged in dissemination activities of scientific and educational programs directed to/for adults and students, providing knowledge and expertise on climate, meteorology and their connection to the environment.
VITA XXI SLP is a micro enterprise established in Murcia, South - East Spain in 2001, providing consulting services for environmental and educational projects. It has been working for Spanish Government for more than nine years dealing with environmental project management in SE of Spain protected areas. VITA XXI SLP representatives were responsible for training, community participation and outdoors outreach biodiversity conservation projects. They provide services on Education, Landscape ecology and Planning and alternative Energy advice based on local and international experience.
"INAK" is an NGO established in the spring 2014, with focus on the development of human resources through providing educational support activities to various target groups. "INAK" supports the principles of lifelong learning, nature and environment protection, building relations to natural and cultural heritage of Slovakia. "INAK" activities are focused on development of human resources through running educational programmes and trainings, developing methodologies, supporting skills of people leading to local community development, while using "Innovation and Creativity" principles.
Civil Association Zakladni clanek HB Modry kamen (founded on 1994), is mainly focused on general personal development of youth, activation of positive interpersonal relationships and exploitation of the principles for sustainable living among the young people. With up to 50 members of association and hundreds of supporters, they organize several events every year in Czech Republic as well as abroad – such as young exchange (within the programme Youth in Action). Since 2012 they have been providing the educational programmes for school teachers and pupils, aimed at environmental education and old fashioned handicrafts. Our ongoing programmes are, in particular, focused on rationale of sustainable development, environmental education, aesthetics, art, creativity, handiness, personal self-knowledge, relationships` society enhancement and building the positive attitude and respect towards peoples` culture and nationality. Since 2006 ZC HB Modry kamen has been running the local Ecological centre Svycarna, placed in beautiful countryside in Moravsky kras.
Outputs of the project:
We want to teach children how the light pollution can affect the world.
To find out what pupils (twelve year old children) know about human values and motivate them to think about the right and the wrong behaviours.
The purpose of the activity is to let students reflect and be sensitive to sustainable mobility through the discovery of a practical and ecological mean of transportation: the bicycle.
Through brainstorming, students summarize their existing knowledge about transport.
To introduce the theme to pupils and provide them with basic information by funny way to provide support also for pupils who do not know anything about this theme.
Introduction of the topic of insulation and reconstruction of buildings, impact of these activities on the bats, finding out what pupils know about the topic.
Introduce the concepts of biodiversity, protected areas and national parks.
Getting to know the terms „endemics“ and „relicts“.
To show students the life story of some kinds of animals threatened by an illegal trade.
To find out what pupils know about the social and economic value of animal species.
To define permaculture concept through the example of the permaculture garden.
The aim of the activity is to teach students to recognize certain types of medicinal plants and through tasting the tea motivating to use them.
Familiarize students with problems of intangible cultural heritage - an introduction to the topic.
To introduce the students with the issue of natural heritage - an introduction to the topic.
Motivational presentation and controlled interviews to measure the level of knowledge of the material monuments, directing students to the fact that each of them knows the world famous monuments and intuitively senses what belongs to the material heritage.
To visit some of the historical sites in the neighbourhoods, finding out as much information about them as possible. To show children important historical sites in the neighbourhoods, to get to know these sites better. Underlying the importance of protecting these sites.
To introduce the topic and find out what pupils know about the different means of transport.
Getting familiar with the theme of lichens and their relation to the environment, observations and familiarizing with the real situation in the local surroundings.
To find out what children know about Green House Effect, how can affect people and the Earth, vocabulary and ideas about the issue.
To familiarize students with a basic division of the sources of energy used by the people and society.
Sources and types of energy that are used in our houses for daily comfort (space conditioning/heating, water heating).
To ask children what renewable energy and the term “non-renewable” means, what can be renewable or non-renewable.
To find out what are the basic life needs from the students’ points of view.
To introduce students to burning waste techniques and methods to reduce the environmental impact of waste products.
To motivate students and find out their previous knowledge about this theme.
Evocation of the theme of „glass as a waste and its further use“.
To find out the level of pupils´ knowledge about the problem of illegal dumping. To develop their ability of working with the text.
Finding out what kind of detergents pupils use for cleaning in their families and households.
Finding out what pupils know about banks and riparian vegetation.
Introduction of the surface water pollution topic and the consequences on the humans and environment.
To distinguish the differences between drinking water and wastewater.