In this story of implementation of ‘Time Travel Agency’, Anton Telih describes how he combined contents from three different subjects and made a project with his students. This learning scenario was implemented from a Hungarian scenario taught in upper secondary English bi-lingual class. It was modified to suit the objectives of a special education school with students who have different learning difficulties. The class consists of ten students from grades 7 to 9 (13-15 years of age). The subjects covered by the lesson are Geography, History and Finnish language, combined in a bigger project where collaboration, communication and technology literacy have an important role.
We started our lesson with an active approach by using a “Date clock” method. The method is a great way to active students and improves their communication skills. The idea is to set up meetings for example for four different times. After everyone is ready the students get the question and they are supposed to discuss the question with the students they have set up meetings with. Students had an opportunity to use support materials and devices.
1) What European countries do you know? 2) What are the capitals of these countries? 3) Choose three countries where you want to go to? Why? 4) Find out at least one attraction in each country.
After the “Date clock,” I introduced the Europeana portal to the students and we translated the main words together. Afterwards, the students got time to browse and look at the website. Then, they introduced to each other what they had found and explained why they thought they were interesting to share with the others.
Creating a travel company
Before creating their own companies we searched and talked about travel companies. What they offer nowadays and even in spite of the fact that for example, they are more expensive why do people still use them? After this little brainstorming, the students got three topics (sport, food, landmarks) from which they could choose what kind of company they want to create. Every company´s task was to create an itinerary by using Travelmap and brochure with Canva as in the original learning scenario. Both tools were new for the students and they were very excited to use them.
The scenario was a good way to combine the past, present and future. We focused on collaborative work and information searching. It was great to see how the students creative thinking improved throughout the 3 x 45 minutes lessons. The students gave as well good feedback and they also got inspired by the Europeana context.
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