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One year before the end, the WORTHY activities are at their peak, in order to share all the outputs developed in the first two years. In fact, this is the time of the public launch of the main project’s results in each partner country.

Main targets are professionals working in the school sector, such as teachers, school leaders, school staff responsible for ICT integration and adult educators willing to engage in the experimentation phase. They now have at their disposal the platform Worldwars.eu that is already being populated with content by students and teachers across Europe. Moreover, registering to the multilingual platform, teachers can download dedicated resources to integrate the WORTHY methodologies into their classroom activities.

Soon the blended training courses for “Augmented Teachers” and “Parent trainers” will start in each partner school country (Italy, Poland, Germany and Croatia), while the first of four hands-on dissemination seminars took place in Vicenza (Italy) in front of teachers and educators, most of them already registered to the blended courses.

Altough the Covid-19 pandemic complicates things, we think we are on the right road.

1. Italian WORTHY’s public launch: a great success



On September 29th, in Vicenza (IT), in the “G. Piovene” Institute, 29 teachers from intermediate and high schools of Vicenza, Verona and Rovigo provinces participated in the public launch of the project, organized by Italian WORTHY partners: ProgettoMondo Mlal onlus, Comune di Vicenza and Istituto tecnico economico “G. Piovene”.

Taking care to all the coronavirus restrictions in order to prevent the disease, the in-presence hands-on seminar for school sector introduced teachers to:
    • the WORTHY project’s vision and methodological framework
    • the 3 project’s outputs - the web platform, the lesson plans and the blended courses for teachers - then carried on in 3 different workshops.

Participants – not only teachers, but also responsibles for school ICT integration - had also the opportunity to take part to a Silent Play, a performance in which people take part personally in the action, playing and interpreting the proposed story with the help of audioguides, as an example of augmented experience.

After the event, most of the participants registered to the WORTHY blended courses scheduled for the end of October in Vicenza to deepen the WORTHY approach and outputs.

2. In Poland, Germany and Croatia the next WORTHY’s public launches



The WORTHY project and its outputs will be presented to the school sector also in the other partner countries:
    • October 20th in Niepolomice (Poland), by Gmina Niepolomice
    • October 21st in Pforzheim (Germany), by Kepler-Gymnasium Pforzheim
    • in October/November in Osijek (Croatia), probably in two events by Udruga za rad s mladima Breza youth organization.

These event’s aim, as for the one already held in Vicenza (IT), is to engage a sizable number of teachers and educators and school staff professionals in accessing the project’s opportunity.

Covid-19 permitting, all the seminars will be in-presence events.

3. Blended training courses for “Augmented Teachers” and "Parent trainers" at the start




All the teachers interested in developing their knowledge and skills in teaching and learning how to apply the WORTHY approach have the chance to participate in the two training courses, which will be held in each partner countries.

The partnership worked on the courses design in order to promote teaching history as a transversal skill for citizenship education and thus will target middle and secondary school teachers not only of humanities/literature, but also i.e. art, science and technology.

The training courses will be made up of modules delivered using a blended-learning method: face-to-face modules, pre-recorded video-classes and online interactive pages.

In Italy the course’s beginning is already scheduled for October 28th, at the “G. Piovene” Institute. But, due to the Covid-19 pandemic situation, the face-to-face modules were compressed in three lessons.

Therefore the 20 teachers already registered after the hands-on seminar held in Vicenza on 29 September 2020 (registration is still open, please write to politichecomunitarie@comune.vicenza.it) will deepen:
    • the WORTHY approach
    • the pedagogical basis to teach a fascinating hi-story
    • how to motivate disengaged pupils from groups at risk
    • how to use the WORTHY platform and tools available
    • how to assess skills and competences of students

The courses will also deal the parental engagement and inter-generation dialogue to equip teachers with the required knowledge, skills and resources to provide professional guidance to parents in how to best support children’s development in recovery history interest through the adoption of WORTHY approach.   

At the end of the courses teachers will get the “Augmented Teacher” and "Parent trainer" certificates.

4. WorldWars.eu project platform is being populated with content




Artefacts are being added to the project platform WorldWars.eu by students with their teachers across Europe.

Collaborative maps, interactive timelines, 3D models, audio, historic family objects, comparative photos of places (showing what a location looked like during the wars and now) are only some of the media created by students, individually or in groups, or curated from across the World Wide Web.

The multilingual online platform enables teachers and students to augment the history study experience with rich media content, increasing engagement in studying historical events and creating students' own micro stories, searching for objects, photos and stories within their own family heirlooms and from local museums.

Alongside each piece of media, students write a description and categorise it with tags.

Pupils can also collect these artefacts together into ‘Collections’, which are micro-projects curated by the students around a particular theme or idea.

The platform also offers the other project resources: Guidelines and Lesson Plans are already available (the last one for teachers registered only), and Elearning and Toolkits are coming soon.

In addition, there is a social community enabling teachers and pupils to connect with each other, in groups or individually, to share images, videos, project updates; and to receive virtual badges to reward them for their engagement.

All pupils and teachers can complete the simple registration form to start using the project resources and start sharing their World Wars artefacts and stories: https://worldwars.eu/en/community/registration
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