Day 1 – Saturday 3rd October

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We were told to be at school 9:15 so that bus could leave 9:30. Fortunately most of us were early and quick getting into the bus so that we could leave already at 9:20. At bus some of the students in the back forced the others to listen to ”awesome” music. The journey to the Helsinki-Vantaa Airport took about two hours. At the airport some of us were buzzing, but the others were still relaxed. Everything at the airport – leaving the luggage, security check, even going to the toilet – took ages. Well, that’s not a surprise, there were 29 of us travelling after all. But anyways, we made it in time and had even some time to eat some breakfast before we got to plane. The flight went well, we ate some sandwich and a cookie.

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We arrived to the Netherlands at 15:35. We took the luggage and then we jumped to the bus. The police men had rifles. And there were a lot of them! Patrick played some music on the way to Goes. We stopped to eat some junk food at McDonald’s. We jumped to the bus again. The bus driver was good and he was fast. All the Finnish students were panicking when we arrived to Goes. It was dark outside, because it was already evening. We met our hosts. They were excited! Then we got to our hosts and went to their homes.

When we arrived home our host families took our luggage and offered us apple pie and some kind of weird pears. We talked with the families and they were very welcoming. They asked us about Finland, Turku and the trip. We got the opportunity to go to shower after the long day. We made ourselves feel comfortable and went sleeping. Many of us talked at our Whatsapp group conversation about what had happened with the host families during the evening. Most of us slept quite badly the first night because we were all so excited.

By: Nea, Veera, Wenla and Max

Day 2 – Monday 5th October

Our day began at 8.25 at the atrium of the school. The principal held a speech where she welcomed us to the Netherlands, to Goes and to their school. After the speech it was time to play the getting to know you games. We played a lot of different games for example the pony song, the sheet game and Lätkä. The games were really funny and almost everyone was enjoying them. The dutch kids were really excited about the pony song, as were the finns! It was really crowded and loud in the gym where we played the games. Because of that it was quite difficult to hear the instructions for the games.

After the getting to know you games we participated the dutch kids’ lessons. Some people went to physics lesson, some went to drama, P.E, or history. I participated the physics lesson and I found it quite nice, because the teacher, Paula, showed many demonstrations about pressure. For example a marshmallow expanded in a jar because of the air pressure. It was really cool. At the end of the lesson Paula gave us all marshmallows.

Then we went to play a game called korfball. It’s the national game of Netherlands. Korfball is game where is mixed some ball games for example basketball and handball. There are two baskets and the idea is to get the ball through the opposite team’s basket. There are five players on the field per team at the same time. The ball is football and you have to throw it through the basket or pass it to your team’s players. You can’t move when you have the ball. And when the ball goes through the basket you get one point. That team, which gets more points, wins. So we divided into eight teams and each team had both Finns and Dutch students and everyone had about three games to play.
day2_korfballAfter the korfball we went to ” get the sweat off ” by swimming. There was a swimming hall in the same building where we played korfball. Almost everybody came to swim. In the swimming hall there was about five pools, two waterslides, one jacuzzi and showers, no sauna. After swimming all the Finns went home with their hosts.

In the afternoon me, my host and her mom went to the local beach with Viivi and Arco. We walked along the beach for a long time and it was really nice. The beach was really beautiful and we had fun. After that we went to home with Viivi and Arco and we ate some Dutch pancakes with bacon. They were really delicious. Then Viivi and Arco had to go home and after a while me and my host went to sleep.

Anniina, Matilda, Vilma and Patrick

Day 3 – Tuesday 6th October

The windmill tour
day3_myllyWe went on a windmill tour. We arrived to the windmill at 8.25am. The tour was very interesting. The mill was used for grinding different wheats. The windmill was also very old, it was 200 hundred years old. Then we went to the market square where we met up with the Dutch pupils.

The puzzle tour
day3_satamaAfter the windmill tour we had a puzzle tour around Goes. The Dutch and the Finnish pupils were put in 7 groups. Then we were handed question handouts. Every group got different questions and a place where to go. The Dutch students were supposed to be the tour guides touring the tour.

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The Janvier Dance school

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In the afternoon we visited the dance school Janvier. First we danced foxtrot. We danced together with Dutch and Czech students. We had a break when the students could buy drinks like slushies and Coca-Cola. After the break we got to choose the songs that were played and we could dance along with the songs. After the dance school we got to go ”home” or somewhere with our hosts.
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Veeti, Miranda, Ella and Janina

Day 4 – Wednesday 7th October

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On Wednesday we went to an oyster farm. The tour guide told us a lot of interesting things about the oysters, how they get them and how they are sold. He also showed us a big lobster and told us about its features. We circled around the farm and got the chance to eat an oyster. Nea was the brave one. We also saw how they cleaned and sold mussels to restaurants. The whole place smelled like dead fish, but it was still a lot of fun.
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After the oyster farm we visited the Neeltje Jans dam. The tour guide told us a lot about the dam. How it works, about its history and other interesting facts. We walked inside and on the dam and saw a lot of interesting things. The dam was quite high. The trip to the dam was very interesting. After the dam tour we had some free time.
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At the and of the day, we went to the school to have a BBQ. We had to be inside because it was raining really bad. We all went to the lobby first where we met all the others again. we had to wait for a while for the grill to warm up. But after all we had fun, we got to spend time with friends and enjoy really good food. After the food teachers gave us all ice cream just before we went home. The night was the best and everyone had really good time.
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I think the day was fun. I liked the Neetlje Jans dam the most, because it was interesting and we had some free time. The BBQ was fun too but it would’ve be more fun outside… I still enjoyed the day.

When we visited the oyster farm the weather was okay and it was fun to be outside. After that we visited the dam. When we walked there it was rainy and a bit cold, so being outside wasn’t fun. We got to go inside the dam and that was really fun. In the end of the day we had the BBQ. It was really fun just to hang out with friends and have some free time.

Melina, Iiro, Katri, Oona and Rebekka

 

Day 5 – Thursday 8th October

On Thursday morning, we went to the school at 8.15. We had presentations about the puzzletour first, and it took about 30min. After that, we went to Middelburg. There we had a tour at the Zeeuws museum. The museum was very nice and there were a lot of different kind of art from all over the world, like paintings and a mummy etc.

We were at the museum at 10:30. There we first went to a room full of items brought from abroad. There were for example some pots and a mummy. We also saw some old clothes and a video about them, and in the end of the tour we viewed some old decoration that were supposed to be hung on the walls. We also had 20 minutes to draw our owns.

The museum tour was over at 12:30. That was when we had a bit time to eat. We ate our packed lunches in the bus, so we decided to walk around and find a Domino’s pizzeria. Unfortunately the nearest Domino’s was too far, so we went to a kiosk and bought some Dutch fast food.

Finally we returned to the bus and started the last drive, a clogs factory as the destination. After one hour drive, we finally arrived to the clogs factory around 2pm. The owner of the factory showed us how the sawmills work, and told some facts about the factory. After that we were divided in two groups. Other group went inside the giftshop connected to the factory and had plenty of time to look around and buy something if they wanted to. Meanwhile the other group had a tour where the factory’s owner showed and told how the clogs are made. Did you know they produce over 60,000 clogs annually?

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After a couple of hours we left back to Goes where we met our host families again and spent the rest of the day with them.

I and Arco cycled to the center of Goes. There we went to shopping with Miranda and Jesse. We saw Wenla, Veera, Aada, Verna and their hosts, so we joined them. We went to clothing stores. I bought a t-shirt, a sweater and pants. We had only less than an hour time to be in Goes.

Then we cycled 8km to Wemeldinge, where i lived. We ate pasta and then we had to already leave. We cycled to Arco´s dance lesson, which was nearby. I had to dance with them in the first lesson. The second lesson was older dancers´ lesson, so i didn´t have to dance. In the evening i packed my suitcase and we watched Mission impossible.

Viivi, Ranja, Eeli and Isabella

Day 6 – Friday 9th October

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In Amsterdam we went to The Van Gogh museum. There our class and the exchange students were separated into little groups and the museum guides took us on a tour through the museum. We heard a lot about Van Gogh and his different painting styles. The tour guide explained us about how you could see Van Gogh’s feelings from different painting styles and colors. The museum guide also asked us some questions. We had to do one task, the guide gave us a feeling and we had to find a painting that expressed feeling. After that the tour was finished and we had to wait for the other group to finish the tour. We got to grab something to eat and look around a little.

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After visiting The Van Gogh museum we went to the centre of Amsterdam. We had some time to go shopping while walking to the start of the canal tour. We went to a cruise through Amsterdam’s canals. We saw colourful brick houses and apartments on water. A guide record told us where we where and what sights we could see. Many boats where crisscrossing. We saw a ship called Amsterdam. The ship was big and beautiful. We had also time to enjoy our snacks and spend time with our friends.

day6_3We arrived to the Schiphol airport about 17:30. We said goodbye to our hosts and some of us where so sad that they were crying. Then we went inside the airport and checked us in. After check in we took our bags to the baggage drop-off machine. When we were ready we went to the security check. The security check was kind of scary, because you had to stand in the machine for five to ten seconds. We went to the area where the gates are and got some food and drink. We also did a little shopping and a at the airport. We waited a while before our flight. The flight went great. Heidi

When we arrived to Helsinki, we went to get our luggage from the baggage reclaim. Our class was more quiet than usually, because we were quite tired. When everyone had had their luggage we headed to our bus so we could get back home. The bus trip went quickly for some of us while sleeping. The group in the back of the bus were a bit noisy, even if they were asked to be quiet. we listened to music, cried, slept, and just talked with each other. Finally when we arrived to Turku and to our school, our parents were waiting there so they could take us home. We said goodbye to each other and want home. We were glad to be back!

The exchange week was very nice. We saw lots of new things and met some great people. I learned a lot about different cultures. The food in the Netherlands was very good. Holland was a very cheap country and the candy. The exchange students were very kind to us. We visited different places where we learned new things.

Aada, Heidi, Sofia, Verna and Tommi

Sanakokeita ja harjoittelua Socrativellä ja Kahootilla

INNOPAJA-hankkeesta englannin opetukseen saamamme iPadit ovat tehneet mahdolliseksi sen, että olen voinut joustavasti hyödyntää kuutta laitetta melkein milloin vain. Olen kokeillut Socrative-sanakokeita jo aiemmin kun opetin lukiossa venäjää, mutta peruskoulussa on tärkeää, että opettajalla on tarvittaessa antaa oppilaille käyttöön laite, jos hänellä ei ole älypuhelinta, lataus on lopussa tai verkko ei toimi. Niinpä pääsin peruskoulun osalta kokeilujen alkuun vasta kun syksyllä 2014 saimme kuusi iPadia Hollanti-projektin käyttöön. Nämä iPadit yhdessä koulun laitteiden kanssa riittävät useimmille opettamilleni ryhmille.

Peruskoulun täytyy voida tarjota oppilaille opiskeluvälineet, nyt laitekantaa on useimmille opettamilleni kielten ryhmille

Peruskoulun täytyy voida tarjota oppilaille opiskeluvälineet, nyt laitekantaa on useimmille opettamilleni kielten ryhmille

Olen kokeillut yläkoulun englannin ja venäjän ryhmissä sekä Venäjä-kerhossa harjoittelua ja testausta sekä Kahoot-ohjelman että Socrativen avulla.  Kahootissa on mahdollista tehdä vain monivalintatehtäviä, mutta se on visuaalisempi ja pelimäisempi kuin Socrative. Kahoot soveltuu minusta parhaiten alkeistason kielen tai vaikkapa sanaston harjoitteluun ja testaukseen. Erilaisia kulttuurivisatehtäviä sillä voi myös helposti tehdä.

Kahoot näyttää houkuttelevammalta kuin Socrative

Kahoot näyttää värikkäämmältä ja houkuttelevammalta kuin Socrative

Socrative on ohjelmana monipuolisempi, koska sillä voi tehdä myös avokysymyksiä. Monivalintakysymysten arviointi on helppoa ja säästää opettajan työtä, mutta avovastausten arviointi on haastavaa. Opettajan pitäisi keksiä kaikki vaihtoehtoiset oikeat vastaukset tehtävää laatiessaan ja toisaalta ohjelmassa vastaukset ovat ainoastaan oikein tai väärin.  Tällainen arviointitapa ei ole oppilasta kannustava, jos pienestäkin kirjoitusvirheestä menee heti kaikki pisteet. Perinteisissä sanakokeissa me kielten opettajat yleensä annamme puolikkaita pisteitä ja itse teen jopa neljännespisteen vähennyksiä yhden kirjaimen kirjoitusvirheistä, jotka eivät vaikuta ymmärrettävyyteen. Niinpä olenkin päätynyt tutkimaan ohjelman vääriksi tulkitsemia vastauksia manuaalisesti ja se onkin aikaa vievää ja silmiä rasittavaa puuhaa. Tähänastisen kokemukseni perusteella Socrative  soveltuu parhaiten sellaisiin yksinkertaisiin koetehtäviin, joihin on yksiselitteinen oikein/väärin-vastaus, esim. monivalinta, prepositio tai vahvan verbin muoto.

Sähköisenkään kokeen tarkistus ei aina suju automaattisesti ja saattaa vaatia pikkutarkkaa tihrustusta.

Sähköisenkään kokeen tarkistus ei aina suju automaattisesti ja saattaa vaatia pikkutarkkaa tihrustusta.

Keräsin yhdeltä 7. luokan opetusryhmältäni Socrativella tehdyn englannin sanakokeen jälkeen suullista palautetta. Mielipiteet jakautuivat ryhmässä melko tasan puolesta ja vastaan: 29 oppilaan ryhmässä 13 kannatti koneella tehtäviä sanakokeita kun taas 14 haluaisi tehdä edelleen paperikokeita. Kahdella oppilaalla ei ollut mitään väliä tehdäänkö sanakokeita jatkossa paperilla vai netissä. Vaikka kommentteja kertyi enemmän nettisanakokeiden vastustajilta, nämä ovat hyödyllisiä ajatuksia meille opettajille kun kehitämme sähköistä testausta:

Seiskaluokkalaisten kommentteja sähköisiä sanakokeita vastaan:

  • Ei mitään järkeä kun ei voi tarkistaa ja kumittaa vastauksia
  • Pitäisi nähdä koko sanakoe kerralla, näissä näkee vain kysymyksen kerrallaan
  • Paperille on helpompi kirjoittaa
  • Turvallisempaa tehdä paperille
  • Ei voi korjata myöhemmin tai lisätä, jos muistaa vasta vähän ajan päästä
  • Ruudulta lukee helpommin väärin
  • Kirjoittaa helpommin väärin
  • Pitäisi saada tarkistaa vastaukset ennen kuin palauttaa

Seiskaluokkalaisten kommentteja sähköisten sanakokeiden puolesta:

  • Kiva tehdä välillä eri tavalla
  • Tietää heti menikö oikein vai väärin
  • Parempi, koska ilmoittaa heti oikean vastauksen
    Ainakin aluksi uudenlainen testitapa miellytti monia, mutta joku kysyi heti: "Kai me tehdään paperillekin?"

    Ainakin aluksi uudenlainen testitapa miellytti monia, mutta joku kysyi heti: ”Kai me tehdään paperillekin?”

    Anne Lindholm

Mainosvideoita Turusta

INNOPAJA-hankkeen kautta englannin kieliluokille saamamme iPadit tulevat tehokkaampaan käyttöön keväällä 2015, kun oppilaat tekevät esittelyvideoita Turun nähtävyyksistä. Näitä tehdään kokonaan iPadeilla käyttäen iMovieta. Oppilaat jaetaan uusiin ryhmiin (5 kpl), ja kukin ryhmä valitsee 2–3 nähtävyyttä Turussa, joista he keräävät tietoa, kirjoittavat tekstiä ja kuvaavat/videoivat. Oppilaat tekevät aineistostaan mainosvideoita iMovie-ohjelmalla.

Projektissa oppilaiden täytyy lisäksi ottaa selvää erilaisista Turussa olevista patsaista. Näin sen takia, että Turussa on paljon erilaisia patsaita, joiden ohi kävellään joka päivä tietämättä, miksi kyseinen patsas seisoo siinä, missä on. Oppilaat käyttävät Aurasma-sovellusta ottaakseen selvää ennalta valitsemastaan patsaasta.

Mainosvideot näytetään hollantilaisille oppilaille, kun he tulevat keväällä Suomeen. Oppilaat käyvät kyseisissä kohteissa yhdessä vieraansa kanssa (ryhmissä on 5 suomalaista ja 5 hollantilaista) ja suorittavat Aurasma-tehtäviä. Suomalaisilla oppilailla on valmiina paperilla kysymyksiä ko. patsaasta, joihin hollantilasten täytyy löytää vastaukset. Kussakin ryhmässä on yksi valvova opettaja mukana. Tehtävät ja kokemukset puretaan yhteisellä oppitunnilla.

Judi Rose

Matkamuistot digitaalisesti

Syksyllä 2014 koulumme 8a luokka matkusti Goesiin Hollantiin osana englannin kieliluokkien Project Holland -projektia. Tämän vuoden projektissa oppilaat tekivät videopäiväkirjan matkastaan, jotta oppilaille jäisi mukava muisto ja vanhemmat näkisivät mitä kaikkea matkan aikana on tehty.

Oppilaat jaettiin 3–4 hengen ryhmiin, ja jokainen ryhmä sai valita haluamansa päivän, josta he olivat vastuussa. Valitsemansa päivän aikana oppilaat ottivat kuvia ja videoita sekä tekivät haastatteluja, joista muodostui aineisto videopäiväkirjaa varten. Oli tarkoitus, että jokaisella ryhmällä olisi yksi iPad käytettävinään, mutta mukaan saimme kuitenkin vain yhden koulun iPadin, koska emme ehtineet saada käyttökuntoon INNOPAJA@KOULUT TURKU-hankkeen kautta saamiemme iPadeja. Saimme ne vasta pari päivää ennen matkalle lähtöä.

Palattuaan Suomeen oppilaat työstivät aineistonsa Windows Movie Makerilla. Vain muutama oppilas oli käyttänyt Movie Makeria ennen, joten oli tarvetta näyttää oppilaille ohjelman perustoimintoja. Kerrottiin myös videopäiväkirjan tekemisen prosessista – ensin kirjoitetaan käsikirjoitus, sitten etsitään siihen sopivia kuvia ja videoita omasta aineistosta, jotka vievät tarinaa eteenpäin, lisätään tekstiä, musiikkia ja tehosteita sekä alku- että lopputekstit. Kun videot olivat valmiita/lähes valmiit, katsoimme niitä, ja oppilaat antoivat palautetta toisilleen, esim. mitä niissä oli hyvää ja toimivaa, mikä kaipasi vielä hiomista. Valmiista teoksesta syntyi niin ikään digitarina yhdestä matkan päivästä. Tiedostot yhdistettiin, ja saatiin yhtenäinen tarina koko viikosta.

8a tutustumassa simpukka- ja osterifarmiin Yersekessä

Viikon aikana tutustuimme Zeelannin maakuntaan. Tässä 8a simpukka- ja osterifarmilla Yersekessä. Kuva: Anne Lindholm

Judi Rose