Digital Learning to overcome School Failure
Head in the Clouds provides Open Educational Resources for kids and youth aged from 6-16 years. The materials offer ideas for activities in the domains of IT education, Programming, English, Environmental education, Video Making and Real Life challenges. They are usable in schools, as well as in any form of non-formal educational settings (including in and after school programs, learning centers, at home, etc.). The tasks are available in English, Slovak, Hungarian and Serbian language.
“The Boxes we see as main and additional educational means, for all ages and all topics. As method it allows a person to explore, try, experiment, seek with its personal timeframe and capabilities, to learn without even being aware of it, as well as engaging and creating atmosphere that learning is easy.” – Slobodan from GAIA
“Buffet-style education: All-you-can-learn in a box.” – Andrej from SCIO
About the Project:
From September 2015 to August 2018 the Vienna University of Technology together with six partners in five countries is implementing a strategic partnership in the field of school education. This Erasmus+ project deals with the prevention of early school leaving, the development of basic and transversal skills and the enhancement of digital education in the context of minorities, mainly Roma. Educational disadvantages and exclusion lead to lacking integration in the labour market and exclusion from society in general, which is a vicious circle in minority communities this project wishes to break.
In three locations in Slovakia, Romania and Kosovo the project implements an innovative educational approach to tackle the issue with more than 100 participating children and youth. In their afterschool and youth programmes teachers and youth wokers use specifically designed learning materials to engage students and youth in their own learning process. The chosen MINIMAX approach (aiming at minimal teacher invasion and maximum learner autonomy) was originally inspired by the Self-organized Learning Environments (SOLE) approach, a widely recognized alternative educational method that supports an individual learning process according to a student’s abilities, needs and interests as well as the Constructionist learning theory.
Copyright Head in the Clouds Consortium – Picture by Fundatia Crestina Diakonia Filiala Sfantu Gheorghe
The project started with a needsassessment to tailor the educational materials to the local contexts and needs. Mentors and youth workers were given the opportunity to experience the accordingly developed tools and materials in the framework of special trainings and subsequently implemented the same with the target groups and evaluated them. The team observes the changes in learning disparities, school attendance, school leaving, pursuit of careers and rise in transversal skills like digital competences. Based on the evaluation tools and materials will be improved and again trained to teachers and youth workers. After the three years the partners working with the target groups directly will continue their implementation of the methods, tools and materials – learning with their children and youth in the clouds.