Classrooms Without Walls
Project addressRosentalerstr. 15
International School Carinthia is located in Velden am Woerthersee in central Carinthia. Our students will be traveling within and outside Carinthia to realize this project with partner schools and site visits in Austria, Italy and Slovenia.
- Date of planned start: 01.01.2016
- Date of planned end: 30.07.2016
Brief project description
The 20th-century classroom was bound by place, space and time; learning theoretically only happened within the walls of the classroom. Technology, innovation and social networking has transformed the 21st-century classroom so that learning happens everywhere. International School Carinthia (ISC) strives to break down the classroom walls by bringing our students to the world of economy, industry, media and culture within our greater region of Austria, Slovenia and Italy.
“Classrooms without Walls” will help ISC enhance our curriculum by helping us create authentic learning experiences where students will experience what they are learning in school as it happens in the real world. Each year, students engage in six thematic units, so we want to challenge all teachers to plan at least six curriculum trips within Austria, Slovenia or Italy to bring each of these thematic units to life in the hearts and minds of our students.
Proof of project conclusionISC will provide transparent and detailed accounting of “Classrooms without Walls” funds, photo records and reflections of the learning experiences and research generated from the program. At the end of the program, ISC will also provide a detailed online final report regarding the program.
Classrooms without Walls
Each school year, ISC teachers plan six collaborative transdisciplinary units of inquiry. In the past, the administration challenged each faculty team to plan at least one curriculum trip per unit to make the learning experience more authentic for our students. Now, we would like to formalize this program further by requiring teachers to plan curriculum trips within our greater region and partner schools in Austria, Slovenia or Italy. We also want our program to make more connections to local and regional industries by taking trips to companies and firms related to our units of study. We will call our program “Classrooms without Walls” in hopes that it will give students and teachers the opportunity to experience their learning as it actually exists in the real world.
Authentic, Dynamic Learning Experiences
Lots of planning and logistics coordination goes into planning and executing curriculum trips across the curriculum. Each class will experience an average of 10-12 curriculum trips per school year. This aspect of our learning program will enhance learning and teaching significantly for our students and teachers. It will also bring significant interest to our school, and many parents want to enroll their students in our school so that they may engage in these dynamic learning experiences themselves.
Not your typical field trip
Curriculum trips at ISC will not just follow the stereotypical pattern of class trips in other schools. Yes, we want to take students to typical places where class trips go, such as museums, zoos and other educational institutions, but we also make connections to regional companies, educational organizations and political institutions. Some examples are as follows:
Learning exchange with Slovenia
PYP 2 students inquire each year about animal habitats. Through networking with Danila Kumar International School (DKIS) in Ljubljana, we discovered their PYP 2 students also learn about habitats, so we hope to set up a joint trip to the Ljubljana Zoo with zookeepers as guides and a networking exchange among students. At the end of the unit, students will share their projects with each other virtually from each school so that the learning experience will have a bigger impact on all students.
Exposing students to the world of work
PYP 5 students also inquire each year about biodiversity. Teachers network with the Hohe Tauern National Park to allow students to see how park rangers conserve biodiversity among plant and animal species in Carinthia. They also visit Hasslacher Norica Timber company to learn how Hasslacher uses environmentally-friendly foresting techniques and technological innovation to create a sustainable business. Students then researched and presented on biodiversity topics of their own within our region.
Bringing know-how and expertise to students
In addition to these curriculum trips, we also invite many guest speakers and experts to bring experience and know-how to our students. We plan to welcome city planners, politicians, professional athletes, aid workers, and performers to ISC. Likewise, we will also connect with the greater world via Skype and social media when it is not logistically possible to visit people and places in-person.
How does “Classrooms without Walls” relate to the Call4Europe project focus?
Globalisation: Students will have an opportunity to see the impacts of globalisation firsthand by visiting leaders in economy, industry, media and culture within our greater region of Austria, Slovenia and Italy.
Political Engagement: Students will meet and engage with politicians and political institutions firsthand through ISC’s curriculum trip program and visiting experts.
International Dialogue: Each year, students meet and engage with students from our partner schools in Slovenia and Italy to enhance international mindedness and intercultural understanding. We hope to develop these partnerships further into exchange programs and joint overnight trips as we further grow our programs.
Innovation: Educational innovation is necessary to make learning relevant for current and future generations. “Classrooms without Walls” brings students to the world of work, society and culture so they can see their learning in action. We would like to take the next step and try to measure how “Classrooms without Walls” impacts student learning outcomes and how to improve our delivery of the program in the future so that other schools may learn from our experiences and implement similar programs.
- Total budget€ 12.000,-
- - Own resources€ 0,-
- Raise donations€ 12.000,-
- + Handling fee€ 1.181,-
- Target budget€ 13.181,-
- Respekt.net partial amount A (will be transferred if financing was successful)€ 7.000,-
- Delivery date interim report30.04.2015
- Respekt.net partial amount B (will be transferred after receipt of the interim report)€ 3.680,-
- Delivery date final report13.08.2016
- Respekt.net partial amount C (will be transferred after receipt of the complete project conclusion report; at least 10 % of the target budget)€ 1.320,-
- Project risksThe only risks to this project will be not receiving funding. If we do not receive funding, we will only be able to realize some of the Classrooms Without Walls trips we have planned.
- Budget planningBudgeting
One of the biggest obstacles we face to this program is funding. Transportation alone for this program is very expensive, and it prevents us from realizing some curriculum trips within our region. Parents support us as much as possible, but there is a limit to how much we can require them to spend for these learning opportunities. The Respekt.net campaign gives us an opportunity to double our parents’ and sponsors’ contributions so that we may realize the full vision of our curriculum trips within our program.
Program Fees (Entry, Tickets, Guest Speakers, etc.) €5.800