Inspiration

VVOB does not provide support for the development of educational activities in the classroom or the school. Nonetheless, we want to help teachers in using the school link for educational activities. In the future we will list ideas - big and small - that can inspire the design of your school link.

 

  

Travelling Teddy
Theme: Introduction, primary schools

The classes send a teddy bear to each other. Teddy keeps a diary to describe his experiences in his new surroundings, who he meets and what he does. Pupils can take photographs at home, and Teddy can also go on holiday. Every month he sends his diary home. The diary can include texts, drawings, photographs, video recordings or songs. Teddy can return after a month, but he can also stay longer and visit different classes. He may also travel on to another school in another country.

  • Agree on the length of the exchange of the teddy bear and the shape of the diary.
  • Send each other the "Teddy Bear" (a school mascot, a homemade doll, etc.).
  • Keep the diary on a web site, or send it through e-mail, mail or fax.
  • Send the teddy bear back or to another school.
  

Continuous story
Theme: Language and literature

Create an essay - poem - song - comic about a particular issue. One school builds on the contributions of the other school. Agree on a number of rules which the schools should always keep in mind (topic, length, time, realistic or imaginative,...).

In time it can be interesting to cooperate with several schools involved in the SchoolLinks programme. That way you will get a truly multicultural story, built by schools in Flanders and countries around the world.

 

Multiple views on the past?
Theme: History, secondary schools

Compare the main issues from your own history lessons with some key elements from the lessons of the partner school.

  • Is this the same?
  • What do we learn from their history? What do they learn from ours?
  • Is history always objective or is it equally biased and selective?
  • Take the colonisation period as a starting point: what has been the role of your country? What is the history and vision of our partner school?
  • ...
 

(In)justice
Theme: Religion, philosophy

Search for examples of injustices. Look for items in your newspapers or collect stories from people. You can exchange these with your partner school.

Try each to come to a definition of "justice" and see if it matches with the definition of your partner. Is a common definition possible, or is justice determined by context, culture, society,…?

 

Migration
Theme: Geography, human sciences

Ask the students in the class which migratory flows they or their (grand)parents faced. Compare this with the situation of students from the partner school.
Highlights the causes, circumstances and consequences of migration from your own and the Belgian / European perspective. Let students write an essay on migration from their position and let them send it to their peers in the partner country.
Determine how issues such as poverty, climate change, land use, urbanisation, conflict... relate to migration issues.

 

Musical Mix
Theme: Social sciences, music

Compare music styles from the two countries. Firstly, determine which music is common to your own country and what is considered popular music. Put the favorite songs of the classroom on a CD and send it. When your partner school does the same, you can compare musical tastes.

Ask yourself what role music plays in everyday life. Are there students in the classroom that can sing or play an instrument? Where can you always hear sounds or music (on the bus, on the playground,...)?

Also compare music that addresses important issues such as injustice, war, discrimination,... Which songs do the students find powerful and why?

 

Reality check
Theme: Communication, media, ICT

How to deal with information on the world wide web? What are the advantages, dangers and assets of the Internet?

Have students look up information about the partner school, their country, culture and customs, language, history, political situation, … and send a presentation (based on the information they got from browsing the Internet) to the partner school.

Ask the partner school to respond to your presentation. Then you can assess to what extent the information corresponds to reality.