Project Developing language in
pre-schools

Here you will find news, project plans and other information about the project Developing language in pre-schools.

This project involves four pre-schools from three different countries; ltaly, Sweden and Croatia with the common need to improve the way in which teachers approach to language development of pupils, by adopting two specific teaching strategies namely storytelling and digital learning. The teachers will improve their skilts and knowledge on digital and narrative learning as well as identify methods for assessing pupils improvement in schooling language, by exchanging practices with their European colleagues. To achieve the project goals, three seminars are planned where partedpants have the opportunity to exchange practices and experiences: the first in ltaly, the second in Sweden and the last one in Croatia.

News

Contact information:
Maria Pahlm
maria.pahlm@mjolby.se

Background

The Quality management plan contains the results that we want to achieve with this project and disseminate.

The target group for communication

To spread our results, we want to reach the following target groups

  • Other preschools, teachers, children and principals (school leaders)
  • Parents
  • Local politicians
  • The local community (the municipality)

Where?

  • eTwinning:
    This is the platform that we use to spread the results between the seminars.
  • Erasmus+ Projects Results Platform:
    All partners document in this platform in order to report the common parts that will form the project's final report.
  • Mjölby municipality's website:
    On Mjölby municipality's website there is a page where we collect documentation from our seminars and activities between the seminars. Maria Pahlm is the editor and all partners email the material to be published to her. The page is accessed by all project partners through a link.
  • Parent meetings:
    Parent meeting will be a way to spread the results of the project and involve the parents.
  • Local newspaper:
    Local newspaper will be invited to write about the project's results.

When?

In our timetable, we have described when we will disseminate our experiences from the seminars and the results of the project. In addition, we need to spread experiences from our meetings between the different countries.

Dissemination

We are proud to participate in this project, and we want to share this pride with others. We want to spread this Erasmus project so that many people know about it. By spreading the knowledge about the project, we hope that more schools want to be involved in similar projects in the future.

Exploitation

We want to spread the results we achieve in the project so that they are sustainable and can be used by other preschools. Examples of results that we want to spread are knowledge and experience of preschool staff, development of children's language, development of teaching methods.

In order to be able to disseminate the teachers' experiences and knowledge that they develop in the project as well as the methods that are tested, the participating teachers need to describe this. To see the children's results in the project, the teachers need to observe the children.

Appendix: The timetable of the project.

1. The overall purpose of the project

This project involves four pre-schools from three different countries; Italy, Sweden and Croatia with the common need to improve the way in which teachers approach to language development of pupils, by adopting two specific teaching strategies namely storytelling and digital learning. The teachers will improve their skills and knowledge on digital and narrative learning as well as identify methods for assessing pupils’ improvement in schooling language, by exchanging practices with their European colleagues.

PLANE project it’s expected to produce the following results:

  • best practices on digital learning and storytelling are identified, exchanged and tested.
  • Innovative teaching methods and skills are acquired by teachers.
  • New tools and strategies to assess pupils ‘improvement in schooling language are identified.

To what extent the project has achieved the expected results and objective will be measured through a quality management plan drafted by Mjölby school, which will be discussed and agreed by all partners at the beginning of the project. This document is expected to grant the effectiveness of the evaluation process during the implementation.The quality management plan will include a set of indicators which will act as a benchmark to measure the performance of the project in relation to each expected result. Since expected results are linked into the specific objectives, if the indicator will reach the benchmark level, the objective will be considered achieved. The quality management plan will describe in details this procedure and will include a set of evaluation tools.
In general, the indicators considered for the evaluation of the project’s impact on partner schools are:

  • Number of practices identified
  • Number of practices exchanged
  • Number of practices tested with pupils
  • Number of teachers trained
  • Knowledge on Digital learning and Narrative in relation to language development improved
  • Number of methods to assess children improvement on language development identified

2. How do we measure results

To measure results in the project and follow the development, each partner shall answer five questions after every learning, teaching, training seminary. The questions are sent through google forms.

These are the questions to be answered:

  • What language-stimulating teaching methods from the seminary have been implemented?
  • How have the children's play, language and interaction developed by the new teaching methods?
  • How have the new teaching methods changed the teaching, based on the perspectives of digital learning, storytelling and multilingualism?
  • What parts of the results of the developed teaching methods can be used in the future?

Methods:
To see the children's development, observations need to be used as a method. In Croatia families of children from year 0-6, will be invited to focus meetings with teachers (the ones involved in the project) to provide a feedback on the impact of the new
methodologies/practices tested on their kids with the aim of assessing an improvement on children’s language development and so to prove the effectiveness of the practices tested.

3. Expected results from the various seminars

Sweden:
Expected results:

The expected result of the activity will be the acquisition of new practices related to language teaching in pre-school and a deeper knowledge about how the Swedish educational system and schools are organized, how language is approached and taught through digital learning approach. The training will constitute the basis for the work done locally in preparation for the testing phase with pupils.

Italy:
Expected results:

The expected result of the activity will be the acquisition of new practices related to language teaching in pre-school and a deeper knowledge about how the Italian and Swedish educational system and schools are organized, how language is approached and taught through storytelling approach. The training will constitute the basis for the work done locally in preparation for the testing phase with pupils.

Croatia:
Expected results:

The expected main result of the activity will be the presentation of the results emerged from the testing phase of the practices acquired during the two previous seminars. Moreover, through this final event visiting teachers will gain a deeper knowledge about how the Croatian educational system and schools are organized, how language is approached and taught through storytelling and digital learning approaches. Finally, the successful practices will be identified and exchange among partners.

4. How project results are to be utilized

This project will contribute to the development of the involved schools in many ways: it will enhance the teaching competences of the teachers, by enforcing their digital and English language skills since the working language will be English and the activities will focus also on digital learning so to let teachers learning how to use brand new digital solution. Secondly, the schools will integrate the methods and practices exchanged in the activity planning of the future years. The school will include the project results and as well as the best practices and teaching models acquired in their strategic documents: they will also plan future activities with children in the following years. A virtual collection of the practices collected will be created on google drive or eTwinning and made available to all the teachers and shared on pre-schools' websites. The results will also be uploaded on the Erasmus+ project results platform, thus made accessible to all schools in Europe.

The teachers participating in transnational activities will share with their colleagues at school the results of each event, providing inputs for transferring the practices observed abroad in the local context. Headmasters will present the projects results to other schools or local/regional educational authorities with the aim of providing solutions to other teachers that are dealing with the same teaching issues. The elements collected during the project will hopefully provide inputs for new collaboration at transnational level though follow-up project
proposals under the Erasmus+ programme.

Appendix: Timetable for the projekt