Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Our Printed Booklet as a final outcome... (Printed by Turkish Team)

We (Turkish Team) printed a BOOKLET as a final outcome and sent it to all countries as well as our students and some schools in our regions. We aimed to disseminate our project's outcomes, to inform them about roman History and culture and to let the people know about our blog in order to convince them to visit it and read what our students found out and created about Ancient Romans...

Saturday, 16 June 2012

The Final Report (Turkish Team)

The teacher’s name: MUTLU HASPOLAT The Project’s name: “ANCIENT ROME IN YOUR MODERN TOWN” The School’s name: BURDUR MERKEZ TİCARET MESLEK LİSESİ Please visit our Project Blog to know more about our Project: Our twinspace:  SUMMARY OF THE PROJECT “Ancient Rome in Your Modern Town” project is created to give young people the opportunity to learn history and culture of a great civilization. The Romans managed to survive for hundreds of years in Europe and in the other parts of the world by producing new technology and equipments on several areas. Romans created new management systems, using the magical word of "Republicanism", having the great art works, monuments or artifacts, tiles and buildings. The cultural history of Roman Empire is aimed to be taught to the pupils in an enjoyable way through the concept of “Ancient Rome in Your Town”. This project aims to encourage students to produce new ideas, to develop new points of view about history and culture while making a historical research, to be aware of the historical and cultural richness of their landscape and country, to notice how important the monuments and ruins are in this modern age. The learners/researchers are expected to acquire that to preserve the historical heritage means to preserve their future. During the project process, the students are aimed to take the shots from the right angles. It is also expected that the richness of Roman Culture and Civilization is brought back to life by the project participants.  RATIONALE: Burdur Ticaret Meslek Lisesi (The Turkish Vocational High School of Trade) is located in a region called “The Land of Lakes” where the history goes back to the Neolithic Age as the archaeological excavations and research have identified the remains of a great Roman civilization. In spite of this historical and natural richness, unfortunately, tourism industry is not one of the remarkable sources of income and the local people still suffer from unemployment due to the lack of entrepreneurship, investments and job opportunities in the area. It is inevitable to make a project on Roman culture, which is supposed to guide the parents, students and community in/around the city and raise awareness about the significance of the rich Roman Towns and its probable contribution to local tourism and considerable income. WHAT WE AIMED: By the help of this project, we aimed at raising students who have international good human relations and communication skills, organizational abilities, critical and creative thinking methods, the ability of goal setting and decision-making, and a great sense of responsibility for the historical heritage, as they are supposed to be potential tourism employers or employees of the future. It is an important goal for us to provide our students having successful careers on tourism since our region is an ideal place for this industry with its Ancient Roman historical wonders. And this project was only a tiny part of this process. WHAT WAS OUR RESPONSIBILITY? As the coordinator of the project, we were responsible of founding the e-twinning project team in our school, setting up the project blog, disseminating the project materials on web and upgrading it, creating a logo, maintaining constant and reliable communication and keeping the channels open with the partners, exchanging experiences, disseminating the results in our own region by the help of the local press, local TV and our web site, making sure our partners follow and obey the schedule. What was our approach and what we did during the project?: Teams were formed to perform various activities planned in the project. In the first phase, The e-twinning school team of teachers and students were set up and they were responsible for searching and preparing materials about Ancient Rome. For a better understanding the conditions of landmarks were explored. Some PowerPoint presentations were prepared about the Roman towns in our region. Some texts about local wonders were translated into English. Students took photographs on the theme “the buried history of my land and its' waiting to be discovered”. There were workshops for language lessons on basic words, phrases of the Latin Language by collaborating with the Spanish teacher Marta Pena (She teaches Latin and Greek in her school). In Turkey we have Latin Classes only in University departments like Archeology or the Faculties of Medicine etc. We are the first Vocational High school who had weekly Latin Classes in all around Turkey. We are proud of that and we could manage it by the help of our Spanish Partner School. Marta is a Latin and Greek teacher so she prepared and sent the Latin language notes to us every month. She also sent us the recordings to teach us how to pronounce the words. As a teacher of English I even didn't know a word in Latin. However, I studied and learnt the subjects and tried to teach my own e-twinners at my school. And I felt great when my students greeted each other in Latin in their everyday life.  A calendar full of our activities and Ancient Roman landmarks was prepared and printed to be distributed to the partner school by Marta Spanish group as well. We had a school trip to Sagalassos and Cremnia (Two ancient Roman Towns in the borders of our town) to explore those landmarks and collect data for our twin-space and twin-blog of the project. We had another journey to a different Ancient Roman Town called Kibyra. We were guided by an experienced archeologist named Sağdıç Arabacı. The students took photos and recorded his information on the video and prepared some documents to share with the other countries. We celebrated the new year in a very colorful way. We sent real postcards to each country and they all sent postcards to us and to each other as well. The most enjoyable part was our Ancient Roman cooking workshop. We searched for the Ancient Roman Meal recipes on the net and translated them into Turkish. To show a respect to the Ancient Romans, Marta and his students translated the recipes into Latin. We had big cards which involved Ancient Roman recipes and the students cooked by following the cards and tasted the meals at the end. The feeling that they had was interesting because they said “it was as if they had been back to history of these lands” We also visited the Local Museum and collected data and share with the other countries about Romans’ statues, daily items and medical tools. We all got surprised with the things that Ancient Romans used at once. According to our project schedule, we had another activity and it was building Ancient Roman buildings like theaters, villas etc. The Spanish group sent us some model books and the students created beautiful roman structures with them. We built a roman town in our e-twinning project corner in our school. We prepared a final project quiz and disseminated the results in Facebook, blogspot and twinspace. The teacher from different countries wrote their ideas on the blog and twin-space about making an e-twinning project with different countries. The other countries also shared lots of things with us. They can be evaluated in our e-twinning project blog. HOW WE TOOK USING THE ADVANTAGES OF ICT? Ticaret Meslek Lisesi (Turkish School) has an ICT department. The students learned to use flickr, glogster, storybird met the Google documents for the first time. They also learned how to prepare Power point Presentations and upload them in the twin-space. They learned to take good pictures and to record with video cameras from the right angels. HOW WE INTEGRATED THE PROJECT INTO THE ONGOING ACTIVITIES AND CURRICULUM: The topic of the project was integrated into the educational content of Geography, History and Foreign Language, Latin and Classical Languages, Biology and Environmental protection, Information technologies. Students developed their communication in a foreign language, in both oral and written form, to interact with partners. They learned to express themselves and interact by using ICT, apart from using them to find and organize information from ICT. Social and civic competencies, which refer to personal, interpersonal and intercultural behavior, were developed by joining other people to who live in other countries in order to make a project together. They were taught, individually or in teams, to update those essential competencies they couldn’t acquire due to being early school dropouts or people from difficult home environments. The project was also integrated into the subjects of Management, Accounting and Finance to calculate the risks of starting a historical tourism business in a specific area. They, now, have better managerial skills especially on historical tourism. HOW WE DISSEMINATED OUR PROJECT: The local newspaper visited our school in our activities while we were cooking Ancient Roman Food and they published the news both on their internet site and printed newspaper. Our Project was also subject to the Spanish School Magazine and there was a fool page of news about our activities and outcomes. We shared our works and outcomes on Facebook and BlogSpot. We also introduced our project in 2011 Antalya e-twinning seminar and in 2012 Berlin e-twinning seminar. In Romania our project was the subject of a school spring celebration. We also contacted with some parents and local organizations to finance the school trips, printed t-shirts, Roman food Cooking workshop and making Roman model houses. The all learned about our intentions and works so they shared what we do in their Facebook accounts and daily lives. WHAT ARE THE INNOVATIONS AND FIRSTS ABOUT THIS PROJECT? The project was so successful that it has some innovations: 1. The first e-twinning school team in our city. 2. The first Weekly Latin Language workshop was held in a high school in Turkey 3. The first Ancient Roman cooking activity was organized. 4. The people had a better chance to know the Ancient Roman culture which generally forms the Modern European culture. 5. The local people became aware of the treasure that they lived on. 6. An ancient Roman town brought back into life by models. WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM THIS PROJECT? 1. Anyone who wonders about ancient roman culture 2. Anyone who wants to see fantastic pictures about different countries with their historical landmarks. 3. Anyone who isn’t aware of the importance of historical tourism. 4. Anyone who wants to learn the basic usage of Latin Language. 5. Anyone who wants to cook and taste Ancient Roman meals. 6. Anyone who wants to know more about Bulgaria, Spain, Romania and Turkey. 7. Anyone who wants to get inspired by the beneficiate of making an e-twinning project as e-twinning projects motivated the students to come to school and study their lessons more. 8. Anyone who is looking for a good country/city to spend their summer holidays this year. 9. Anyone who wants to learn about different cultures and different societies.

The Story of Our Project by Mutlu HASPOLAT

The story of an e-twinning project A SAD TEACHER by happyhospital on Storybird

Our project with Questions

Mr. Mutlu HASPOLAT, Turkish e-twinning team's contact person and leader answering the questions about the Project "Ancient Rome in Your Modern Town"

-Why this project is needed?
-By the help of this project, we aim to raise students who have good human relations and communication skills, organizational abilities, critical and creative thinking methods, the ability of goal setting and decision-making, and a great sense of responsibility for the historical heritage of Ancient Rome, as they are supposed to be potential tourism employers or employees of the future.

-How did the partners meet? Was it arbitrary to have Bulgaria, Romania, Spain and Turkiye?
-Actually, it wasn't an arbitrary choice. We came together because of some spesific reasons. All the partner institutions are located in the areas, which have remarkable Ancient Roman wonders. The advantage of living in such kind of beautiful places motivates us to use all these precious sources to produce suitable employment opportunities and to let the Europeans know about our historical wonders.

-Who found whom while coming together?
 Well, Turkiye was searching for friends all around Europe to start this project in E-twinning partner finding pages. It all began with the respond from Spain. Then Romania and Bulgaria liked the idea and came on board. 

- How did you form the schedule?  
- Like in the other important decisions, we all decided together. The teachers specified the needs for their schools and searched for the lack of Ancient Rome knowledge of their students. Then, every teacher added something to the list.

- How did you form the e-twinning teams in your schools?
 - We generally used some tools and specified some criteria to choose the e-twinnies. For example, in Turkiye, I created a questionnaire with  lots of questions about their personal interests for history and abilities to make models or taking pictures, preparing power-point presentations or their eagerness to learn about ICT skills. The students volunteered for the action and joined the teams, happily.   

- How did the students find the idea at first?
- To be honest, they found the idea very unusual and unnecessary to spend time on it. Because, they had no idea who the Romans were and what they did or how important they were in the scene of history. Some of them even used to know very little about Roman's settlements in Turkiye's modern cities. 
- How were they convinced?
-Although we have several Ancient Roman Settlements in our own town ,  they just didn't know to whom the historical ruins belonged to and for what reason those cities established. Most of them didn't want to take part until the first school trip to an ancient city in the guidance of an archeologist who told and taught many important historical events took place on the land which they were standing on and  surprised them with the stories of wars and heroes even tales and legends.

-How was the reaction of the other school teachers?
-They liked the idea and found it useful, but doubted whether the students at school would like the idea and be successful on taking part in a such kind of project, which is very unfamiliar with the Turkish history, culture and traditions. They were right in a way. I saw it during the process of our project work. When we started to prepare some documents about Ancient Roman Gods, they were terrified to talk about more than one god. However, they sooner understand that it was a culture lived with its own positive and negative aspects.

-In what way the school manager react?
Mr. Demirci has always supported the team and provided all the necessary equipments for the project activities. He provided us flash- disks to give the students as rewards, the restaurant for Roman food cooking activity, printed Project T-shirts for students, attended the cooking activity in person, helped sending the new year postcards, took the photographs of the e-twinning corners any time it changed (two times a month or once a month). He  rewarded me with a plaque as well.

- How did you integrate your project with the ongoing activities and curriculum?
It wasn't so difficult to integrate the activities to the project although Romans aren't taught in detail in our schools. They learned more about Geography, History and Foreign Languages. Students improved their ICT skills while they were preparing PPts and uploading files in twin-space. They also learned a lot about communication skills while communicating with their peers in European countries. 

- How about the Latin Language Classes? Were they successful?
It was a cooperation between Spain and Turkiye actually. The Greek/Latin teacher Marta sent the necessary documents for the basic Latin structures. I studied them at home and learned them first. then we had very enjoyable Latin classes as the pronunciation of it very close to ours. Students liked it and learned faster than English. Of course they just know the very basic  structures of it. The best thing about it, they spoke Latin in the ancient roman Ruins and brought back Ancient Rome into life. Another interesting point is that some of the teacher joined the classes to learn a little Latin. They also came up with other possible project to learn other languages with such kind of cooperation.

- How did you form the e-twinning School team with the other teachers at your school? 
 The school team formed itself actually. My colleagues were following the E-twinning activities from our e-twinning corner at school. They found it really interesting and wanted to take part in the activities since they knew they could be very helpful. Then we started to organize the activities together. They want to create new projects and study on them together from then on. 

- What was the most interesting memory in your school trips and other activities?
-Well, there are many of them.  But the most significant was we all (students and teachers) rode bumper cars after a visit to Kibyra (an ancient Roman town). It was really enjoyable and a life time memory.  

Did the project have an impact on the locals and people around you and your school? 
Of course, it did. Beyond our students, the parents learned about Ancient Romans a lot. We were on the newspaper, for example. People in our town learned what we were trying to do and what Ancient Romans did on these lands.

Did you eat what you cooked in your Roman Dishes Cooking Activity?
The students doubted at first, but when they tasted a little, everything changed. We liked the ancient taste.


Greek and Latin teacher MARTA PENA from SPAIN shares her valuable ideas and comments with us

When I started this e-twinning project, I was really looking forward to working with teachers and students from other countries, and I have to say it has lived up to all my expectations.
Although the development of the project with my students hasn’t been as perfect as I would have liked, perhaps due to my and their lack of experience, it’s been really nice and worthwhile.
They have met other people interested in the same things, even in the same subjects they are studying, with different cultures or ages, who consider exotic something they are really used to: Roman civilization. It’s been a chance to show what they know about them and the archeological sites around their city, but also an opportunity to remember that Romans were not only in Spain but in many other countries. They were surprised with videos and pictures from Turkey, Romania and Bulgaria.
And what can I say about me? I don’t have enough words to thank Mutlu, the Turkish teacher, everything I’ve learnt from him, not only about the work in the project but also about his enthusiasm for teaching. Watching his videos and talking very often with him I already know how could I involve my students in other activities in order to make them enjoy their studies. Without realizing, he has been a perfect teacher for me, and then a good friend.
This is one of the things I liked more: teachers working together sharing not mainly their knowledge but their humble way of seeing teaching, so, always learning from each other, not only professionally but personally.
I’ve never thought I could have students so far! I love my new Turkish students. I know they have enjoyed and learnt a lot with the materials I sent and this is very fulfilling and rewarding for a teacher.
I can’t wait for the next E-twinning or the Comenius we have applied for. These activities are like fresh air in our classrooms for students and teachers.

"How did the e-twinning project benefit to teach the lessons?" by Mutlu HASPOLAT

As a teacher of English Language, I have never had a chance to teach another language which even I, myself barely know. I am talking about Latin. The first time I came across with the language was in our Twinspace. I downloaded the Latin Language Notes of Marta Pena who is also another language (Latin) teacher. The most interesting thing about this experience is I am both learning and teaching, or let's say my students and me are teaching and learning at the same time. It is really fun and enjoyable.
The Project Ancient Rome in Your Modern Town gave us the opportunity of sharing our teaching and learning experiences. Before starting this great project, my students had no idea about Romans. Although our country (Turkiye) was founded in the midst of the Roman Towns, they didn't know that all those ruins belonged to Romans at once. Now, along with the knowledge of our local Roman towns, they know what Romans used to eat, wear, believe, sing and listen... They also will cook and taste some of the Roman meals in one of the coming weeks.
This project also taught us about other countries' backgrounds and we made many new friends. We saw where our friends live and what kind of beauties their lands embody.
The best thing about the project is my students who are not very well on languages are eager to learn new languages and interested in the history more. The way that they follow at school is really different when compared with their past. They are more enthusiastic about searching and getting the knowledge. They like spending time in the project and they say that it feels great.
In Turkiye, the students address their teachers with their first names plus "teacher", like "Mutlu teacher". It sounds interesting that they accept Marta (who sends our monthly Latin Documents and writes a lot in the blog) as one of their teachers and they call her "Marta Teacher ". They liked Spain's the power point presentation about St. Valentine's Day (which was in Latin). They used Google translation to learn what the pages tell.
They also enjoyed with the other PPTs about Roman Gods and beliefs. They really enjoyed the story about Hera, Athena and Aphrodite. Their English is not enough to understand the story and I translated most of the story for them in our weekly project meeting. One should have seen their excitement in their eyes while we were translating the text sentence by sentence about who would Paris choose to give the apple. At the end, they clapped Aphrodite for taking the apple. It was really fun. Such kind of activities, which are not compulsory highly motivates them. It also seems so eccentric to them. I observed that the students who take part in our e twinning project study their English lessons more and they always do their English homework.
Shortly and briefly, they know more about Ancient Romans, Romania, Bulgaria, and Spain. They feel great to prepare themselves for the next month’s tasks although their English is not so good. We are all happy to share our experiences with our friends from other countries and spend time to teach and learn with them.


Dissemination- 2012 Berlin Conference

 Our Project (Ancient Rome in Your Modern Town) was presented in
2012 E-twinning Berlin Annual Conference

In the first picture You can see Our town's e-twinning embassador while holding a Roman Dish with one of our project e-twinnies. The writing next to them is meaningful. (E-twinning, share what you have)

The second Picture,

Turkish Scool Team Leader, Mutlu Haspolat is putting a poster on the board.

 Third Picture: Our project outcomes from our school trips to Ancient roman Settlements

Fourth Picture

Mutlu Haspolat (One of the founders of Ancient Rome in Your Modern Town Project) and Turkish NSS Team at theTurkish Stunt.

Fifth Picture:

Our Students Works and pictures on the board...

Sixth Picture:
In the poster of cooking team you can see our school manager and Burdur's e-twinning ambassador (Turkish Team) with students after the cooking activity...

Seventh Picture

A lifetime picture with great e-twinners..

Dissemination: Our Project is in SPANISH school magazine

Our Project in SPANISH school magazine

A calendar as a final outcome of our Project (Prepared By The Spanish Team)

Thanks a lot  for the calendar to Marta and her students from SPAIN...



Did you enjoy this project?
yes, I liked it a lot1372%
yes, it was OK for me528%
so so00%
not really00%
not at all00%
Did the project help you to learn about other countries and cultures?
Yes, alot1478%
Yes, I think so.422%
Not much00%
Not at all00%
Did you make some friends from the other countries?
yes, a lot1056%
yes, but only a few422%
I don't think so422%
Did you attend a chat session? If yes, how was it?
yes, it was wonderful1267%
Yes, it was OK16%
Yes, but it was boring16%
No, I didn't attend a chat session422%
Did you have a chance to travel and discover new places?If yes, how was it?
yes, and it was really great.1583%
yes, and it was OK317%
Yes, but it was meaningless and I didn't like it.00%
Yes, it was enjoyable but I didn't learn anything00%
Did you prepare a powerpoint presentation for the project?
yes, I did.1794%
no, I didn't16%
Did you take photos for the project?
Yes I did1794%
No I didn't16%
Did you record any videos for this project?
yes, I did.1267%
No, I didn't633%
Did you visit any museums dor this project?
yes, I did.1583%
No, I didn't317%
Were you awarded personally because of your nice work?
Yes, I was.1794%
No, I wasn't.16%
Did you learn any foreign language sentences or phrases?
yes, I did.1689%
no, I didn't211%
Do you want to join such kind of e-twinning project in the future?
yes, I do.1689%
no, I don't211%
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Thank you for all the partner's contribution...I enjoyed a lot and everybody loved it. I had a chance to see different places. I improved my history and geography knowladge... Emrecan Erçin class 9Abu proje cok guzeldi çok sevdim bu proje çok eğlenceli ve güzel di bu projede olmak çok eylenceliydiı love this project and mr haspolatso much fun to work on this projectI think that I'm very lucky to be in the project and Many thanks to our teacher Mr. Haspolat.THANKS a lot of fun MR.HASPOLAT projectThis project was very niceThis project was very niceThis project was very niceje crois que cet pro...
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