"A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality" (John Lennon)

Sunday, December 31, 2017

The magic crew: etwinning project 2017/2018

Students of class I H of the school "L. Da Vinci - O. Nucula" in Terni are taking part in a new etwinning project called "The magic crew".
In this project they will:

- develop their collaborative skills,
- develop their ability to show tolerance, express and understand different viewpoints;
- learn to value diversity and respect others;
- develop their ICT competence through the use of some ICT tools they will use thruoghout the project;
- get to know other cultures and countries;
- become aware that English as a second language can be a way to communicate, meet and learn in real situations.
- increase their creative skills and critical thinking

- make international friends.

This is the map of our project where you can see the countries of the schools we are working with.

Here are some of the activities we have already carried out:

1. Introduce ourselves

Students created "vokis" (avatars) and collages and the students from the partner schools have to match them as a game.

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2. Christmas cards and songs

Pupils created and sent Christmas cards via traditional mail and received cards from the other schools and also sang Christmas songs both in English and in Italian.

3. Mystery Skype

In this activity pupils used Skype and had a videoconference in which they had to discover the country of the students from the other side of the screen asking questions such as:

 DO YOU BORDER  (name of a country)?

Once they had discovered the country their friends came from they went on talking to each other and asking general questions such as:

- What's your favourite colour?
- Who's your favourite singer? 
- What time do you start school?
- What are your favourite subjects?

and so on. 

Students are enjoying this experience a lot and they all take part in it with enthusiasm and positive attitude. More activities to come in the new year!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Card trees!

Classes I G and I H of the school "L. Da Vinci . O. Nucula" in Terni celebrated the European Day of Languages within two etwinning projects as explained in this post some weeks ago.

To display the cards we got from the other European countries we decided not to create a cardboard poster but we wanted to be more creative and ... here are our "Card trees"

Talking about Pride and Prejudice and Jane Asuten

3rd year students studied the characteristics of the the Romanticism and of the novel at that time. They also studied the novel of manners and read some pages of "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen. Some days ago they watched the movie too and now it's the turn of English! As Jane Austen was English and her novels are very popular around the world still nowadays here is a padlet with some activities for my students. They can cary out the tasks I prepared for them and also add some info writing a post on their own.
So ... let's enjoy Jane Austen and her works!

Creato con Padlet

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Happy European Day Of Languages 2017!

The school year has started again and we are already involved in etwinning projects!
To start with we have two projects in which we celebrate the European Day of languages.

Students of class I G of "L. Da Vinci - O. Nucula" school are involved in an etwinning project called "Teenagers in Europe" and they will work with students from Finland.

Here is a map of the project.

Students will:
- improve their English
- use English to communicate with their peers
- work in teams
- improve their technical skills
- get to know other EU countries and cultures
- broaden their horizons through realizing we are part of a bigger community: the UE.

To start with they wrote postcards using both English and Italian to celebrate the European Day of Languages

and they received cards from their Finnish friends from Karstula.

This project will last until the end of the school year and we will post more in the following weeks.

Students of class I H are involved in another etwinning project called "Let's promote diversity - the European Day of Languages" and they will work with students from a lot of countries in Europe.

Here is a map with all the schools.

Students will:
- use English to communicate with their peers
- be aware of the Europe’s rich linguistic diversity
- listen to the sounds of the alphabet of other European languages
- learn about other European countries in a fun way. 

Here are the postcards they wrote

Here are the cards from the other countries, we will get some more in a few days. 

This will be a short project and will soon be finished. Students of this class will join another etwinning project next month.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Making Films, Making Friends: a collection of stories from films.

Here is at last! In the ebook below you can find all the stories students wrote collaboratively in groups of nixed nationality groups within the etwinning project "Making Films, Making Friends".
Enjoy reading them!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Let's play EU 60: final activities.

Students of class II G of the school "L. Da Vinci - O. Nucula" in Terni have been working with peers from Spain and French all the year round.
The last activities they took part in were about the EU Institutions and Videos on EU countries.

EU Institutions
During this activity students worked in mixed nationality groups to search info, write texts and create a poster on the following EU Institutions: the European Parliament, the Commission, the European Council.
Here is an e booklet created with their collaborative work.

Videos on EU Countries
Students searched for some info on some EU countries and created videos at school.

In the meantime we presented the boardgames in the AEDE 2017 competition in Terni and we won the first and the second prize: great job!

From "Corriere dell'Umbria" 18 June 2017

Monday, June 19, 2017

Making FIlms, Making Friends: the end!

The school year has already finished in Italy and the last days of school all the students of the partner schools voted for the best logo within the etwinning project "Making FIlms, Making Friends"  and 

the winner is ...

to Giulia Gallina 
class III G "L. Da Vinci - O. Nucula" school in Terni.

The last activity our students have been involved in was "Stories from and for films" which saw students working in international groups. A group of students created the beginning of a story starting from the ending of one of their favourite film, then the other students from the other groups continued the story until the end. As students from Norway, Portugal and France are still going to school some of the stories haven't got an ending yet so ... start reading the stories and come back to this blog in a while to read the end! 

Here are the links to read the stories. 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Music and charities: the magazine!

Within the etwinning project "Music and charities" students of class III H of the school "L. Da Vinci - O. Nucula" in Terni collaborated with their French friends to create a magazine with some of the activities of the project.
After having talked about some singers committed in charities students created and played online games on them, here are some examples:

students looked for info on charities, created posters

Then they wrote articles on singers, searched for info on charities and created posters.

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The results of all their works are here in this awesome online magazine coordinated by the French teacher.

Magazine créé avec Madmagz.

All the students also created logos for the project together with the teacher of Art and the winning logo is

Well done!  

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

1 smile makes 2 smiles: last activities

1 smile makes 2 smiles etwinning project has come to and end and here are the last last activities students of class I G of the school "L. Da Vinci - O. Nucula" in Terni out were:

1. A collaborative video "I'm happy when ..." 
All the schools sent their videos to our colleague Michal Prybil from Czech Republic who collected all of them in a video that can be seen in the twinspace of the project.

2. Happy T-shirts 
Students in class created their happy t-shirt and worked together with both the teachers of Art and English. Then we shared pics and videos in the twinspace of the project.

3. Happy Journal
Students tried to write what "happiness" means for them, found some photos and created an online magazine that we called "Happy Journal" using both googledoc and calameo

So this is the end of this etwinning project and from the nice comments we received both from parents and from students I think we will create another one next year too!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Let's celebrate the European Day of Languages with us: final activity

The last activity of the eTwinning project "Let's celebrate the EDL with us" has ended some months ago with a nice activity for Easter. Students of class I H of the school "L. Da Vinci - O. Nucula" in Terni created, sent and received cards for Easter. 
They created the cards together with the teacher of Art and wrote a message in English and Italian with the teacher of Italian.

Here are the cards we created 

These are the cards we received. 

This project was a wonderful experience for them because it helped the students to improve their English and digital skills but also because they became more aware of living in a bigger place that is the European Union where there are a lot of different people who speak different languages. Kids loved all the activities but the ones they liked best were the Skype sessions with Ukraine and Romania. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Bleak House: an audio book!

Students of class II H of the school "L. Da Vinci - O. Nucula" in Terni created an audio book of the Novel "Bleak House" written by Charlse Dickens.
This activity was part of the "BFG: Books for Friends are Great" etwinning project.
The pupils chose to read this novel and after having read it in small groups they created storyboards using the app  http://www.storyboardthat.com/ to let their French friends read and enjoy the book.
French pupils did the same with another book "Deadly Jobs".
After the storyboards Italian students also created an audio book using spark.adobe.com.
The book is not perfect, there are both spelling and pronunciation mistakes, but the students had the chance of reading, creating storyboards and also practicing their reading skills.

Here is the result.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Nelson Mandela

Here is a thinglink on Nelson Mandela. Read and watch the material then answer the questions either in the padlet below or in your copybook. You can also add info, videos, photos, songs. 

When and where was he born?
Where did he live?
What was his job?
Why was he important?
What was the situation like in South Africa when he was in prison? 

How did it  changed when he became president?
What are the most important achievements of his life?
When did he die?

Creato con Padlet

Saturday, April 22, 2017

EU board games

Students of class II G of the school "L. Da Vinci - O. Nucula" in Terni created paper board games to learn more about the European Union in English. This activity is part of the etwinning project "Let's play EU 60".

This is the way we worked:
1. students were split in groups;
2. each group decided what kind of bard game they wanted to created;
3. they formulated the questions using the photocopy used for the EU webquest some weeks earlier;
4. they created the game using cardboards and we worked together with the teacher of Art:
5. the games have been shared in the twinspace of the project in etwinning so that even the other students can play and learn having fun! 

EU Dominoes 1


EU Dominoes 2 








 To play the games you can print the photos, cut the cards and ... enjoy!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Bleak House: the storyboards!

Students of class II H of the school "L. Da Vinci-O. Nucula" in Terni read a children version of Bleak House written by Charles Dickens as an activity for the etwinning project "B. F. G. - Books for Friends are Great".
They worked in pairs or small groups and read a chapter of the novel each. After reading they created a storyboard on paper with the most important event of the chapter they have read.
Once they had the paper storyboard ready they used the app storyboardthat to create their own storyboard online.
It was a long and quite demanding work for them but they were engaged and did a great job.
Here is the result.

Chapter 1 by Tommaso N. and Pietro

Made with Storyboard That

Chapter 2 by Nikolò and Ludovica

Made with Storyboard That

Chapter 3 by Elena, Riccardo and Maria Teresa

Made with Storyboard That

Chapter 4 by Sofia P. and Sara

Part I

Made with Storyboard That

Part II

Made with Storyboard That

Chapter 5 by Francesco F. and Giacomo

Made with Storyboard That

Chapter 6 by Gianmarco and Alessia

Made with Storyboard That

Chapter 7 by Tommaso D. and Lorenzo S.

Made with Storyboard That

Chapter 8 by Michele and

Made with Storyboard That

Chapter 9 part I by Serena, Luca and Matteo M.

Made with Storyboard That

Chapter 9 part II by  Serena, Luca and Matteo M.

Made with Storyboard That

Chapter 10 by Ludovica and Elvis

Made with Storyboard That

Here is a mind map created by Matteo D. and Lorenzo F. using the app coggle