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Case studies: European Schools Cookit ! Project

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24 schools across Europe representing primary, secondary and special needs sectors have been involved in a Cookery and ICT project.  This has been part of the European Lifelong Learning Year of Creativity and Innovation and all schools were registered through the European Schools eTwinning Programme.  This programme encourages and supports schools across Europe to develop their International Dimension across the curriculum using ICT. The Project was awarded a British Council ‘eTwinning  Schools Quality Mark' in May 2009 and was runner up in the UK Schools National eTwinning Awards in June 2009

Schools Involved:

  • St Luke's School (United Kingdom)
  • Escola Secundária com 3º CEB da Batalha (Portugal)
  • Latsia Gymnasium (Cyprus)
  • Barker''s Lane Community School (United Kingdom)
  • Bernhard-Mazillis Schule (Germany)
  • Ecole primaire d''application de Boudonville (France)
  • Hemne videregående skole (Norway)
  • IC Via Baccano (Italy)
  • Jonava Justinas Vareikis Basic School (Lithuania)
  • Pärnu Toimetulekukool (Estonia)
  • Pääskytie school (Finland)
  • St. Thomas More College, Fgura Primary A (Malta)
  • Szkola Podstawowa nr 3 im. Jana Pawla II (Poland)
  • Yester Primary School (United Kingdom)
  • Základní škola Hranice, Šromotovo, prispevková organizace (Czech Republic)
  • Secondary School''Sv. Kliment Ohridsky'', Rakitovo, (Bulgaria)
  • Zakumuizas pamatskola, Rigas raj., ZaKumuiza,(Latvia)
  • CEIP Asunción Rincón, Madrid, (Spain)
  • JZ OS Marjana Nemca Radece, Radece, (Slovenia)
  • Insituut Bert Carlier, Gent, (Belgium)
  • Colegiul Tehnic Raluca Ripan, Cluj-Napoca, (Romania)
  • 2nd High School of Kozani, ΚοZAη, (Greece)
  • Bundesbildungsanstalt für Kindergartenpädagogik, Oberwart, (Austria)
  • Fotö skola, Foto Göteborg, (Sweden)

Project Description

  1. Each school investigated traditional recipes from their country.
  2. They chose a recipe then students took video or still images of the making of the recipe, edited and produced a presentation using suitable software tools.
  3. They uploaded their finished product / presentation file to the ‘Cookit' website
  4. They also added comments to the ‘Favourite School Dinner' and the ‘I tried it and Liked it' sections.

Aims

For pupils learn and use a range of ICT skills and, in particular, still and moving image technology to make still and video presentations.

To share and celebrate the outcomes using E2BN's Cookit' resource.


Work process

  • to use media technology
  • to use video and still cameras
  • to use editing software
  • to produce short films
  • to express / share and celebrate their work with their European school(s) community

Summary

Using ‘Cookit' has been integral to this project. It had real impact both with students and the staff in the project. Students were enthusiastic and motivated to be involved and to produce movie files that were uploaded to show case their work to the world. Staff in the project schools also commented on the educational benefits of using Cookit in their teaching and learning activities. Staff were impressed and surprised at the creativity and skills shown by the pupils when producing video and still image presentations. Students' skill levels and confidence in using ICT greatly improved. I believe this was largely due to the potential of broadcasting to a REAL audience of other students. The fact these students were in another country provided additional motivation.


‘E2BN's ‘Cookit' is so easy to use and such an excellent teaching and learning resource.  I unreservedly recommended it to teaching colleagues both in the UK and beyond‘


John Warwick - Deputy Head & International Coordinator - St Lukes School. Redbourn. Hertfordshire.

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