Project final mobility had to be shifted to virtual due to COVID19 restrictions, after a couple of tentatives of developing it in presence. The mobility initial agenda (agenda load document) was adapted to the new environment, conserving the 5 days model but limiting the sessions to a total of 3.5 hours a day of connections (Agenda document). With the main theme "Mindmapping cultural diversity in Europe" we take advantage of the virtual modality of the sessions to make students aware of the importance of summarizing all the work developed in the previous mobilities and inter-mobilities activities: digital environment is an integral part of our lives and the pandemic has come to show us this big truth! Initially expecting 4-5 students and 2 teachers from each country partner, this mobility came to be the most populated with:
6 students & 7 teachers from Croatia
18 students & 4 teachers from Poland
18 students & 3 teacher from Portugal
80 students & 3 teachers from Romania
18 students & 8 teachers from Turkey
14 students & 4 teachers from Spain
This gave a total of near 200 people to be connected at the same time during some of the sessions. To manage this, and taking advantage of the SEK digital ecosystem (based in O365), we decided to hold the whole mobility in Microsoft Teams with a closed and secure environment to develop the sessions: all attendees (both those with O365 account, those partner representatives non-MS users and the external invitees) were included in the team where everything was to happen.
Monday, June 14th
- Staring the first session with a welcoming message of SEK-Atlántico principal, Mr Jacobo Olmedo, after checking that all partner had access to the Teams groups. A Teams basics session was leaded by the Spanish host Technology for Learning Department Coordinator, Mr Gonzalo Garcia, to guarantee all participants know how to use the tools in order to engage the activities. An ice-breaking session on cultural diversity was developed for participants introduction:
each country was asked to share three statements, two true and one false, and the other partners had to guess which was the false one.
The statements were discussed and agreed by each country students and they were asked to "make things not so easy" to their partners.
The chosen tool for sharing and voting was Mentimeter.
It was really interesting to see how engaged students were both to hsare their statements and to guess the false one!
- After a break, the first activity was developed in two sessions: · an inquiry session in which each National team had to chose their " 4 top of the pops" about the question "What do we understand by culture?": after discussing, the team had to select a spokesperson to present and explain their four items; these should characterise Culture in a general (shared) way; · a presentation & voting session in which each National team presented and explain their selection in order to convince the other partners: the idea was gain acceptance on every item as a general characterisation of Culture assumable by every country as a basic characteristic for further inquiry allowing mind-mapping diversity with respect to those characteristics. After this second session, the chosen items to characterise Cultural Diversity in Europe were:
Some of these items were integrated from various proposals after discussion and agreement among the partners. Once the items chosen, international teams would work on the mind-maps to build and present them in following sessions: this was Monday's final seesion in which these international teams started inquirying on common points of view to gather and share information from their different perspectives.
Tuesday, June 15th
We started second day with a short session to recap 1st day activities and results. Immediatly after, we held a general group session to show the 6 tools proposed for mind-mapping (3 of them were written in the project application and the other 2 were proposed by the Spanish partner as some students were familiar with them and they gave positive feedback on their use): · Text2Mindmap (tobloef.com) · Text2Mindmap (text2mm.com) · Mindomo (mindomo.com – Teams) · Mural (https://www.mural.co/templates/mind-map - Teams) · Miro (https://miro.com/) · Popplet (https://www.popplet.com) The presentation and basics on the tools was conducted by SEK-Atlántico Technology for Learning Department Coordinator, with help of Spanish students.