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Name of the project: THE BRIDGES

Age: 11-15;

How many schools will participate: at least two;

The main subjects: literature, art, geography (but we will involve some information on
history, technical subjects and music);

Languages: main languages will be english, serbian/croatian;

Inspiration: texts written by the author Ivo Andric about the bridges:

ABSTRACT:

After the reading the passages from those three texts, my students will work in groups at
making products they find the most apropriate for them: power point presentations with
information about the bridges from their country, region or town; short or long films,
posters, e-books or e-magazines, an external blog… or they will make a model of their
favourite bridge (possibly of the recycled materials, as a team).

After this activity, students will put their results in the TwinSpace so others can vote for
their best of choice.

All the results will be put on Facebook too, in a group made for this project, as lots of
teachers and students like using Facebook.
All the partecipants who wish to, and have a chance, should inform their local newspaper
and have a text written about the project there. It will be posted in the TwinSpace, too.

relevant key words: bridges, texts, presentations, films, e-magazines, TwinSpace,


external blog

Goals:

1. Learning about Ivo Andric and his texts about bridges in all the schools participants;
2. Learning about the bridges as a symbol, as a motyf in art and literature, learning
about the bridges which are famous in the world and in our own country; learning
about the other nations and religions; learning about teamwork;
3. Showing the bridges from our country to the other partecipants, making ppt-s with
texts, films with texts, e-magazines about the bridges, an external blog about the
bridges, practicing presentation of the work;
4. Voting for the best material (thinking in terms of exellence and beauty).

WORK PROCCESS

Partners will communicate through TwinSpace – chat, forum, video-conference;

Facebook – group posts, chat; e-mails; blog posts and comments.

EVALUATION

Texts, choice of photographs, the level of expertise in making ppt-s, films, e-magazines… We
will think of eSafety issues (pupils will not be identifiable) and we will think of copyright
issues on images and texts. We will write each source we take the information from with
links to those sources. We will use creative tools for exchange, like Voki, and software for
slideshows so everything looks more interesting.

Student work will be organized in the TwinSpace. Every school teacher will have a folder
with their materials and there will be a project diary. We will put the complete project
documentation and evidence of evaluation (skills and impact on pupils and teachers,
reflections by teachers). There will be imformation about the impact on teachers’ skills and
on wider community (through local newspaper articles).

Participation of external experts or colleagues: if one of the school participants can call an
external expert, it will be announced in the TwinSpace as a special post. Colleagues who
wish to partecipate are very much welcome in a way that thay help in acchieving goals.
Examples of the activities:
1. reading the texts silently, and loudly for other students;
2. talking about the meanings of the text;
3. organizing the work in groups; working in groups, discussing shared theme;
4. work in groups: students surf for photographs and information about the bridges,
they make their products; students develope knowledge, widen their horizons;
5. putting the products in the TwinSpace, commenting the other products, voting for the
best of choice (three smiley faces: one happy with closed mouth – good, one happy
with open smile – very good, one with mouth open like it shouts “wow!” for the best
work;
6. marketing of the project in the local newspaper or in the local community through a
public lesson;
7. writing an external blog about the bridges and reposting the posts on the Facebook.
We will encourage the students to interact with each other in the classroom and beyond, in
the TwinSpace, to find and compare information about bridges, to work together to achieve
one or more products: presentations, e-magazines, etc.

We will allow a variety of working arrangements: students will gather information


individualy, or in pairs, after that they will work in sub-groups and in mixed teams for
voting.

There will be comparative work because they will have to decide which artistic pictures
they will use. There will be problem solving because they will have to decidee how will their
final product look like. Their product will be a product of a collaborative creation: literary
creation, journalistic creation, artistic and technical creation, with the implementation of
creativity and ecology.

All the teachers partners will explain the project-based pedagogical framework by
describing the objectives of the activities to their pupils.

CURRICULUM LINKS: all three texts of Ivo Andric are in the currirulum (5th, 6th, 8th grade,
and the novel THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER DRINA is in the curriculum for the highschool);
students build bridge models for technical education; art: architecture is in the curriculum
for the 5th grade; history and geography: learning about Bosnia and Herzegovina and its
regions and towns; informatics: making presentations, e-magazines, e-books; the use of ICT
for learning.

The first activity will help students to understand the texts of Ivo Andric, his work and life,
and the meaning of the bridges as a symbol, and other things the curriculum requires.
The second activity will help them learn how to organize and present their thoughts about
art, history, philosophy, geography…
The third and fourth will help them practice group work.
The fifth will help them practice working in the TwinSpace, manipulating digital resources.
The sixth will help them practice marketing of their own learning and work, and of
eTwinning, in their local community.
EXPECTED RESULTS:

 BLOG ABOUT BRIDGES FAMOUS IN VARIOUS COUNTRIES AND ON VARIOUS RIVERS;


 WIKI ABOUT BRIDGES;
 power point presentations;
 e-books;
 e-magazines;
 texts;
 newspaper articles;
 work and evaluation documents;
 products and models made by students;
 impact in the school community;
 impact in the local community;
 global impact (with the external blog);
 dissemination events, like the open class for interested students outside the class
itself).