Identify the intercultural profile of your school

My school’s “intercultural profile” is a survey developed by the E-EVALINTO team with the objective to provide the schools interested in dealing with the challenge of the integration of pupils with migrant background, with a tool for the evaluation of the school context as regard to the management of intercultural issues (identification of needs and individuals potentially at risk and development of specific action plans).

It is composed by a set of questionnaires and semi-structured interviews to be applied to the different school actors, school managers, counsellors, parents or legal guardians and pupils, because we consider that in order to obtain a multi-perspective picture of the context, it is crucial to identify the “intercultural profile” of an entire school instead of taking isolated assessments oriented to single individuals or groups.

This tool has been applied during the Spring 2017 in 5 pilot schools in the project partners’ countries and the four target groups have been involved by questionnaires or semi-structured interviews depending on the target group to be addressed. The results helped the project teams to design, with the support of the schools, a specific “tailored” training for the teachers, which will be held next November in each school.

The package is composed by:

We invite other schools interested in identifying their intercultural profile to use this tool and bring back their feedback.
Further information here.

WYRED Social Dialogues

A key aim of WYRED is to engage children and young people (C&YP) in a process of social dialogue giving them a voice to share their thoughts, fears and feelings in relation to the online world and explore a range of topics and themes that interest and/or concern them

26 face to face and including 2 online social dialogue sessions took place by end of June 2017 across 8 countries involving 436 C&YP! The Dialogues engendered lively and energetic debate among the children and young people using a range of creative techniques to motivate the C&YP.

The process of social dialogue allows for engaging and building alliances and the diverse nature of the groups reflected the inclusive nature of the WYRED project. C&YP proved themselves to be active decision makers. They felt heard and listened to in the process and willing to be challenged in relation to their ideas and concepts. Sound relationships were formed between groups of young people.

The dialogues facilitated by the 9 WYRED partners provided the opportunities for C&YP to explore both the digital and physical worlds in which they live. The themes identified throughout the Delphi process provided the stimulus for the later conversations to begin and to grow. However there was room for a number of other issues and topics to be explored which were initiated by the C&YP themselves.

The results from both rounds of the Delphi show that young people consistently attribute the highest importance to the issues of “self-image and self-confidence”, “tolerance to different cultures/opinions”, and “necessary changes in education”. One issue, mental wellbeing, is also perceived as very important and emphasized in some of the initial face-to-face social dialogues with young people carried out by the project team.

A wide range of potential research areas were identified throughout this process by some of the partners and this will be explored further.

The social dialogue phase has provided a unique opportunity for a range of stakeholders and most importantly our C&YP to be fully engaged in a process that will put them at the heart of research involving the online world which is part of their everyday lives. Research questions identified lend themselves to manageable and accessible projects which we are excited to take forward in the next phase of the WYRED project using a wide variety of expertly designed innovative research tools to appeal to the broad age range of the C&YP involved in the project.

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TACCLE3 Coding: Evidence shows that girls (relative to boys) start disengaging from IT and technology at age 7

Only 17% of Google’s engineers, 15% of Facebook’s, and 10% of Twitter’s are women. (Ref)

“the gender gap is not at all connected to innate ability; girls are not less likely than boys to be good at these subjects.

In fact, The Engineer reports that in the UK girls outperform boys up to GCSE level (exams taken at age 16). But after this, the further on you go, the fewer women you find pursuing these subjects.

For instance, women make up just 12% of engineering students at universities in the UK, and just 4% of those taking engineering apprenticeships.” (Ref)

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WYRED FACES

 

We are glad to introduce the faces of the winners of the WYRED Slogan competition!

In the pictures Elif Çalışkan from IB World School (Turkey), David Furtschegger from University of Innsbruck (Austria) and the youngest Vincent Lowry with the friends of Saint Macarten’s Youth Club (Northen Ireland).

Click here to read their slogans.

 

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Workshop “Evaluation Tools: training on the E-EVALINTO online environment”

Are teachers able to manage the assessment of a learning activity properly?
How to design an evaluation tool where the role of assessor can be undertaken by both teachers, mentors and students, through self-assessment or peer assessment?

Gregorio Rodríguez Gómez, Professor of Educational Research Methods at the Didactic Department of the University of Cádiz (Spain), trained the E-EVALINTO team to design, manage and implement evaluation tools by using the EVALCOMIX app for Moodle during a workshop held in Florence last 5th of July.

The workshop was performed by proposing the development of several activities to the attendees, through an active learning methodology, aimed to let them become aware of the steps required to design different learning activities with their assessment tools to be analyzed by the E-EVALINTO environment.

 

The propose of this training is to spread the skills to use the environment by turning each attendant into a trainer in their own institutions and school contexts.

To learn more about the E-EVALINTO assessment tool, have a look at the Getting Started Guide. 

2nd transnational project meeting in Florence

Oxfam Italia hosted the 2nd project meeting in Florence (4th – 6th of July).

The main objective of the meeting was to review the design of the training course for teachers scheduled for autumn 2017.

The 2nd day was totally devoted to the workshop “Evaluation Tools: training on the E-EVALINTO online environment”.

Thanks to all the participants for these profitable days!

Talking about E-EVALINTO with the team of the EFI_DIGCOM_CYL project

On the occasion of AIDIPE 2017 XVIII Congreso Internacional de Investigación Educativa (Salamanca, 28th-30th of June 2017), Antonio M. Seoane Pardo and María José Rodríguez Conde presented the approach of the E-EVALINTO assessment of peer mentoring activities to their colleagues from universities and secondary schools of Castilla y León involved with them in the EFI_DIGCOM_CYL project Evaluación, Formación e Innovación en Competencias Digitales en Castilla y León.

Beside the added value of sharing experiences and good practices for an advance in research, the activity plan of E-EVALINTO for the next school year has been described so to keep potential new pilot schools informed.

CARDET conducted a workshop about unaccompanied minors on the International Children’s Day

On the 1st of June 2017, on the occasion of the International Children’s Day, CARDET conducted a workshop under the title “Tell my Story” within the framework of the E-EVALINTO project. The main theme of the workshop was the lives of unaccompanied minors in the host countries. The workshop’s theme was developed around the real stories of three children from the moment they were forced to leave their country and their family until they arrived at reception centers in Athens (Greece).

These stories were brought to light from the organization Médecins sans Frontières – Doctors without Borders.

More specifically, three sixth grade classes at the Lakatamias E’ Elementary School in Nicosia had the opportunity to participate to the workshop. The workshop was experiential and the main purpose was to raise awareness and promote and understanding on the welfare, well-being and the rights of unaccompanied minors living in the host countries.

Inaugural Centre for Evaluation, Quality and Inspection (EQI) Keynote Lecture

EQI, the research centre of the Dublin City University partner of the E-EVALINTO project held a Keynote Lecture a couple of weeks ago which was given by the Chief Inspector of the Department of Education and Skills, Dr. Harold Hislop. The lecture provided a comprehensive overview of the development, current realities and future challenges facing school inspection and evaluation in Ireland.

The E-EVALINTO project was mentioned as one of the European projects that EQI is engaged in. The audience were a variety of leading figures in the Irish education system.

Click here for more details about the event.