The partners of DigiEU project just returned from the learning training activity of the project hosted by the Romanian partner Liceul teoreticu marin preda in Turnu Magurele, Romania.

The short term joint staff training event entitled  DIGIEU-TEAL lasted 3 days from November 17th until November 19th hosted in the school facilities.

Two participants from Italy, Cyprus and Portugal flew to Romania to attend the training and 1 participant from the Polish partner DANMAR attended the training event online thanks to the IT staff of the school that supported this operation.

On DAY1 the partners and the romanian teachers that participated also in the training had the opportunity to meet, introduce themselves and the project, the content and the purpose of the training was explained by the representative of the project coordinators Petit Pas alongside with the research work carried out during the implementation of the Intellectual Output1: TEAL GARDEN CLASSROOM.

Magdalena from DANMAR online instead, illustrated and explained the project result nr.2 GARDEN APP its functioning and the aims behind the implementation of this result.

During this training moment the staff/teachers from the partner countries had the opportunity to get to know the project results and how to use them for the implementation of classroom based lessons applying the TEAL methodology.

Besides the participation of the 13 teachers staff members foreseen in the project, other romanian teachers were involved during the training moment that showed their interest toward DigiEU and its  tools reaching to an involvement of 32 participants that received training on TEAL methodology within DigiEU project, the manual to self-build an urban garden at home and the Garden-app as game-tool addressed to youngsters and to teachers as mean to implement a classroom based lesson using TEAL methodology.

At the end of this first formative moment feedback and comments were collected through an online questionnaire highlighting the enthusiasm of the participants for having the chance to get to know new topics like TEAL, gaming and the variety of possibilities available regarding the self construction of an urban garden.

On DAY 2, after the formative moment, the participants had the opportunity to start observe the TEAL methodology in the classroom applied to different teaching subjects throughout different classes that took place between day 2 and 3 such as biology, chemistry, literature, financial education observing its application in different context and classes involving students of different age also. 

During these lessons it was possible to observe different elements that characterized the TEAL setting space layout, the students were sitting and divided in groups, there was no frontal lesson but the teacher facilitated the work group assigning tasks and stimulating the cooperation and exchange of ideas between students. In each classroom were present multimedial tools such al projectors, laptops to carry on the research on the tasks assigned, but also more traditional tools such as papers, pens, markers, crayons, drawings creating a combination of tools that made the learning experience much more involving and partecipative for the students that became active actors in the lesson implementation leaving behind the role of passive listeners

In the afternoon on day 2 took place some workshops implemented by the partners in order to test the IOs developed during the project and test the knowledge learned in the formative moment on the first day and the observation on the second day. 

For the first workshop 20 students were involved as participants to the international pilot test of the project results IO1 and IO2. 10 students were able to recreate an example of a domestic garden at school thanks to the help of the partners present there.

This workshop was implemented on day 2 and day 3 of the training involving 10 different students each time, to give to more students the chance to experience first hand the self building of a domestic urban garden taking as an example one of the module mentioned in chapter four of the project result number 2: the teal garden classroom using fabric, plastic bags, hangers, staplers soil and seedlings.

In the meantime after creating their domestic garden, the students had the chance to deepen the knowledge on different types of cultivation in the partner countries, all the necessary steps to take care of them like watering, weeding, harvesting…using the project result number 2 that is the game app Garden app.

They really enjoyed playing the new version of the game implemented with some adjustments like the music, the resolution of some technical problems and the translation that allowed the students to play the game in their language.

The last day of the training, DAY 3  was mostly focused on the international pilot test of the intellectual outputs and the workshops to test the teal garden classroom and the garden app alongside  with the observation of the last classes using the TEAL methodology.

After the training each partner received a certificate of attendance and another evaluation questionnaire was shared to collect the final feedback on the learning training activity.

This training moment had a great impact at the local level because the school had the opportunity to host international partners and for many students it was the first time they came into contact with people from abroad. For the trainers it was a great opportunity to exchange not only at a cultural level having had the opportunity to come into contact with Romanian hospitality and traditions and cuisine but also at an educational level because they had the opportunity to transmit and share knowledge and compete about it. the use and implementation of the TEAL methodology with Romanian teachers, some of whom immediately expressed their enthusiasm for this educational tool, immediately recognizing its potential and replicability in their daily work reality. But they also had the opportunity to learn through the active observation of the lessons in the classroom using the TEAL methodology as a direct application of the knowledge acquired during this training.

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