In this project, all teachers involved aim to gain new insights and knowledge in the fields of media competence and new technologies, especially in the teaching of art. The pupils shall be introduced to this knowledge in class and apply it. The teachers shall gather information on European artists and their works, and subsequently apply it productively through the use of modern media in art classes.
The goals for our project have been clearly defined by all project partners:
Further training of the teachers
Dissemination of digital literacy to the pupils in art classes
Dissemination of best practice examples
A joint product (medi[a]rt Lexicon) with many best practice examples
The project brings together five schools from France, Great Britain, Finland, Denmark and Austria. All teachers are aware of the fact that the use of modern media is of high importance to the future of the pupils. This project will prepare the pupils for the intelligent use of modern media in the European context. The project shall also help to cover the ubiquitous need for a meaningful use of all modern media and technologies and thereby help to ease the pupils into secondary school and later on into the job market.
The topic of our trips will be job shadowing, where we will visit art classes where modern media are used. The visitors will, however, also present their country, their culture and their language to the children in the host school. Being together, mutual exchange, discussions among equals and identical practical experience on the ground shall provide powerful stimuli for the key topic “art and modern media”.
The long-term benefits of the project can be seen in its international dimension. All participating schools will get to know new methodical approaches to the topics, they will compare and adopt them and finally merge them into a standard, European and transcultural methodology.
The newly acquired competences regarding art and especially new media will be passed on to the pupils. This new knowledge will pave the way into the future for the pupils (choice of further education, job opportunities, choice of occupation, etc.) and shall counteract risks such as early dropping out of school and reduced career opportunities, caused by the lack of skills in information and computer technology.
Only the cooperation between several nations ensures the transfer of expert knowledge (of teachers and therefore subsequently pupils – the future employees and employers) on a European scale and its integration into the relevant curricula.