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Why am I proud to be a Rainbow Villager?

Why am I proud to be a Rainbow Villager? | a School over the Rainbow: Our School Magazine | Scoop.it

Learning a foreign language can be a terribly tedious job. It's been scientifically proven that, when it comes to this endeavour, we reach our maximum potential around the age of three; which is disconcerting, really, because we're obviously not three years old anymore. Add ten or eleven more to that and you are sentenced to a lifetime of frustration because your brain refuses to help you in this matter. Those tiny little wheels in our brains are furiously spinning towards all sorts of different goals- we already have enough on our plate, what with all the math homework and incredibly long compositions we have to write for other subjects.
                As such, the best way to make a student want to get involved in the process of exploring the depths of English or French is to make your class- your subject- fun. I'm not saying you should skip the hours that are supposed to be devoted to exercises just because we're already pretty much tired of those- they are helpful; vital, really- but every now and then, a bit of actual, verbal interraction with others is wonderful and it develops our communication skills faster. Be creative! Be innovative! My teacher is and that's probably one of the main reasons I love English so much now. We get involved in all kinds of projects- this one is the second Etwinning project that I worked for- and it is a very rewarding experience. I know you get ideas like "I can make friends" or "I learn new things about different cultures" all the time, so I'll flip the page for you and reveal a new one: Rainbow Village first raised awareness about the effects of pollution: as you already know, the villagers discovered this land after the Earth had been destroyed. We are rational enough to realize that no magical ladder will emerge from underneath the water and save us when the Apocalypse hits.
                And then, by giving us the opportunity to build our own universe from scratch, not only did it help us apply 21st century skills to learning  (which, at least in my country, doesn't happen all that often), but it made us figure out how to be the ideal citizens.For example, we had candidates for Mayor of the Rainbow Village. What did that teach us? That there is a lot of work behind a campaign, that having the right to vote- a fundamental right in democracy- is a huge responsability and privilege alike. That we should get involved in the political life  when the time comes and express our wishes and needs. It is our duty! Progress is no easy task. It takes time and skills and Rainbow Village made us see that. Ruling a country or city is no easy task either. We figured that out too. We understood the stupidity of us wanting our leaders to have solutions for every single problem right here and right now! You cannot have that! Patience is a great quality. Problems can be solved efficiently only when they are taken care of one at a time.
             So, as far as I am concerned, Rainbow Village is not only about having fun and making friends; it's not even about learning English, even though I began my composition? speech? with that idea;  it is about preparing us for what's out there. It's about preparing us for the full-time job we are going to have in the future: the job of the responsible citizen. That's what makes it great, that's what makes the efforts well worth it!

 Alina Cristea

Galati,  Romania

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Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?

http://www.ted.com Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

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Back up Dream (Romania)

Have you ever felt like you can’t wait to make your dreams come true? Have you ever felt stuck in the classroom during a boring class and wondering why do people have to go to school? Well, a group of students from School No 29, Galati, Romania asked themselves these questions. There was a debate and both sides had to stand by their idea and argument what is the role of education. Making students stand on both sides made them see the issue from different points of view: that of a student, a teacher, a parent, an ordinary person or an accomplished grown up. The conclusion was that school time and school life has the benefit of building the student’s personality and character. It’s  the best way to get ready for the real world, it’s a time you take to find yourself.

 Dreams are very important to each and every one of us, but still it doesn’t hurt to have a back up dream...

 

http://youtu.be/gbgJRkeqDDk

 

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Time Travellers: Visiting the School of the Future (part 3)

Time Travellers: Visiting the School of the Future (part 3) | a School over the Rainbow: Our School Magazine | Scoop.it

School! Hmmm..Have you ever wondered what our school will be like in 50 years from now? Worse?Or maybe better? The rapid development of technology has already brought up changes to a great extent, as far as education is concerned. This makes us dream of a better educational system in the future!

Schools of the future will be flying balls, enabling us to travel wherever we want! For instance, if we have a  History lesson on the 2nd World War, we will be able to visit a museum related to this period.  Furthermore, optional subjects like Cynology, Cinema and Theatre, Psychology, Cooking will be added to the school curriculum. Every pupil will have a personal laptop in which all the subjects will be included, so there is no need for books or notebooks, which is also good for the environment.  

What is also great in the school of the future is that students will be able to learn how to speak various languages spoken around the world. Native speakers of those languages will organize online lessons that students will be able to attend through teleconferencing tools!

 

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Anna-Maria Sakellariou

Junior High School of Oichalia, Greece

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Time travellers: Visiting the School of the Future (part 1)

The school will be completely different in 50 years from now. It won't be on Earth! It will be in space. You will need to take a space bus to go there. The building will be huge. A huge dome will cover and protect it from intruders. Each student will have his own system of high-tech computers. There won't be any books. Students will have their own personal room in the school. There will be some core subjects, but most subjects will be optional and students will choose them according to their interests. Finally, there will be robots in the classrooms, helping teachers and students during the lessons! What an awesome school!

 

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Vasilis Papageorgiou, Greece

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Come and visit Pompignan

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Pompignan is located in the South-west of France and between Grisolles and St Rustice. Pompignan is a French  village, located in the department of Tarn-et-Garonne and in the Midi-Pyrénées region. The church and the hall town are next  to one another .The mayor of this city is Alain Belloc. The zip code is 82170 . There were 1328 people in 2008. There is also the old castle of the Marquis of Pompignan. There are also two famous people : the singer Dick Rivers who lives there and the poet Jean-Jacques Lefranc who lived in the castle in the eighteenth century .

 

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Changing Education Paradigms

This RSA Animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA's Benjamin Franklin award.

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We <3 Labradors!

We <3 Labradors! | a School over the Rainbow: Our School Magazine | Scoop.it

The most famous retriever of all, Labrador, is worldwide known for its intelligence! They are often trained to become police dogs or to guide blind people.

Labradors are also wonderful hounds in and out of water!  The breed doesn't come from the peninsula "Labrador" but from New Land's coasts, where they were trained to bring fishermen's nets out of the freezing cold water. The kennel club recognized them as a breed in 1903. They were officialy named "Labradors" in 1887, by Erl Mullmsbery.
A Labrador has proved to be very reliable with children and it is much better for it to live in the countryside.  Their outer coat is short, thick and water proof. Their colors are black, yellow or chocolate brown. Their back legs and their tail are very strong.
Famous Labrador owners are Big Crosby and Fransoua Mitteran!

                                                                   

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                                                                                Anna-Maria Sakellariou

                                                          Junior High School of Oichalia, Greece


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Teenagers and online Gaming

Teenagers and online Gaming | a School over the Rainbow: Our School Magazine | Scoop.it

These days, the Internet is an important part of our lives. Most of us use it on a daily basis. The teenagers mainly use the Internet for entertainment. A very common form of entertainment is games. We all play online games.
Some of them are very well-known in the teenage world. Some of them are Lineage 2, League of Legends (LoL), Heroes of Newerth (HoN), Counter Strike, World of Warcraft (WoW), Call of Duty, Minecraft, Left 4 Dead, Battlefield and many many more…
There are some good effects of the online games. The most important is that with your participation you can improve your English by using them to communicate with your partner, to make your game more fun and enjoy it more.

Of course, there are the bad effects of games. One of them is that if you really like the game you are going to spend a lot of time in that game if you don’t know to control yourself. Also, someone could bully you through that game.
I believe that teenagers should play games but limit the time they spend on them.

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                                                                                      Giorgos Michos

                                                         Junior High School of Oichalia, Greece

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Shabana Basij-Rasikh: Dare to educate Afghan girls | Video on TED.com

Imagine a country where girls must sneak out to go to school, with deadly consequences if they get caught learning. This was Afghanistan under the Taliban, and traces of that danger remain today.
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our eTwinning project: "a School over the Rainbow"

Welcome to the School over The Rainbow. This project somehow comes as a follow up of the Rainbow Village project as we feel it most important to help the younger generations grow into responsible citizens and everything starts at school. This is the reason why we are now opening "A school over the Rainbow".


High school students from France, Greece, Romania, Poland and Turkey will learn to live together and share their experiences. The language used will be English. Through the etwinning platform, students will first introduce themselves and describe their schools before teaming up in transnational groups. Then they will make a video of their schools and will reflect on what school is or should be. 

Once this preparatory work has been done, they will build their ideal virtual school, decide upon its building, its rules, its emblem ... Events will then take place in this school; its students will react and compare their reactions and thus interact. The following issues will also be discussed : violence at school, girls access to school, and school in the past. The students'productions will be collected in this site, which is specially designed for the project. The students could communicate through either emails or videoconferencing. We intend to make intensive use of ICT.

 

For more information visit our website at: http://gym-farkad.tri.sch.gr/aSchoolOverTheRainbow/

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The Story of the Golden Retriever

The Story of the Golden Retriever | a School over the Rainbow: Our School Magazine | Scoop.it

Doudley Coutts Marjoribanks, 1st Baron Tweedmouth, was the Father of Golden Retriever. He was born on 29 December, 1820.
Doudley Coutts Marjoribanks was a Skottish politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1853 until 1880.
One day, while he was walking in a big field, he saw a golden dog sleeping quietly near a herdsman. He was so excited by its appearence that he asked the shepherd to take it and finally he bought it! 
He paired the male, "Nous", with the female, "Belle", which was a spaniel from Scottland. We can assume that all Golden Retrievers come from this couple. The race is the intersection from Newfoundland Dogs(from which Golden Retrievers have this waterproof coat), Setter (from which it took the hunting skills) and Tweed Watergate Spaniel.
Finally, he died on 4 March 1894, at the age of 74 by natural death. Before he rested in peace, his faithful dog licked his face sweetly. Then after his death, the dog died, too.


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Anna-Maria Sakellariou (Greece)

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Comfy chairs, cafe desk: it's a cool school

Comfy chairs, cafe desk: it's a cool school | a School over the Rainbow: Our School Magazine | Scoop.it

IT'S the classroom of the future and it's designed to help educate a new generation of smart students.

Traditional rows of desks have given way to cafe-style work booths, soft lounges, wave chairs, cube chairs, amphitheatres and even stand-up learning.

At a cutting edge Catholic primary school the new age classrooms are called "borderless learning" - radically changing the way that students work and creating a template that others across the state are set to follow.

The classrooms at St Mary's Primary in North Sydney look more like the Star Trek ship Enterprise than a traditional school setting, allowing children freedom to move around and morph into smaller and larger groups depending on the learning activity.

The students helped design their own classrooms, choosing furniture within a budget and then delivering presentations on what worked the best for them. Parents

held fund-raising drives to help pay.

"They came up with some amazing designs ... the kids find the atmosphere very calming and they are very engaged in their learning," principal Rosemary DeBono said.

Researchers from the University of Technology Sydney were enlisted to help and school bosses visited Macquarie Bank to study the latest office designs before coming up with their new plan.

"We looked at the environment and found old-style desks were limiting and there was not a lot of ownership of learning by the children," Ms DeBono said.

"The children like room to move and they like the space that is now available, the opportunity to work together collaboratively.

"But in many ways you have to be even more structured (than in a traditional classroom) ... the students problem-solve, they think about where they work and who they are working with."

Hot colours are a key feature of the spacey classrooms which have been designed

from kindergarten to Year 6. Teacher Joanne Frith said: "The bright colours encourage creativity - the orange chairs have been a massive hit. It's a much more inspiring environment."

Some children even work standing up and the new layout is said to suit boys who do not like to sit for long periods in one place.

"It's not so much about the furniture but how and why we teach," Ms DeBono said.

"We needed to free teachers to take risks ... change practice."

When The Sunday Telegraph visited St Mary's, pods of students were working with iPads, on desk top computers, at electronic white boards and writing notes in traditional exercise books.

The changes have attracted interest from the education community and the school has delivered presentations to schools and to Catholic education chiefs.

Year 6 student Alice said she loved the comfortable furniture and the ease with which she could move around the classroom.

Another Year 6 student, Sam, added: "If you don't like working with someone who is annoying and distracting you can move away. It inspires everyone to work well together."

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Time travellers: Visiting the School of the future (part 2)

Time travellers: Visiting the School of the future (part 2) | a School over the Rainbow: Our School Magazine | Scoop.it

The school of the future will be really fun! Everything will be done electronically. There will be no paper, books, pens or pencils. The students will just have to carry a really thin tablet PC at school and that will be the only thing they will need during the lessons. Schools will not be boring at all! School days will be shorter. Schools will start at 10am and finish at 2pm. The students will have lessons in the classrooms just for the first two hours. During the hours that follow, students will be able to do other activities or play games.  Classes all over the world will be able to communicate with each other on a daily basis and students will meet online to discuss various topics and learn about each other's cultures!

 

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Roxanne Lakiara,

Junior High School of Oichalia, Greece

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Hello from Canals

Hello from Canals | a School over the Rainbow: Our School Magazine | Scoop.it

I live in a small village between Toulouse and Montauban. it is in the south of France, in Tarn et Garonne.  It's Canals. There is a town hall, a bakery, a pharmacy and a small park. In the photo you can see the old Wash House.

 

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Julie from France

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Verdun Sur Garonne

Verdun Sur Garonne | a School over the Rainbow: Our School Magazine | Scoop.it

Verdun-sur-Garonne is a city of France, located in the Tarn-et-Garonne, Midi-Pyrénées. Residents of Verdun-sur-Garonne are called Verdunois/Verdunoises. The 4017 inhabitants of the town live in an area of 36 km ⊃2; with a population density of 112 inhabitants per km ⊃2; and an average elevation of 100 m. The current mayor of the municipality of Verdun-sur-Garonne is Denis ROGER. Neighboring cities are Bessens, Dieupentale, Monbéqui, Savenès, Aucamville.

 

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Clara from France

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It's all about dogs!

It's all about dogs! | a School over the Rainbow: Our School Magazine | Scoop.it

Probably, the dog (canis lupus familiaris) was the first animal humans have tamed, maybe 17,000 years ago! After so many years of coexistence with humans, the dog has been proved to be the most faithful and loving creature ever!Nowadays, it is the most common pet all over the world. The differnce between breeds, as far as size, shape, color and behaviour are concerned, is totally obvious. All those breeds are divided into categries according to their special skills, characteristics and the way they help people.So we have:-Companion Dogs- Hunting Dogs- Sporting Dogs- Guard Dogs- Working Dogs- Pariah Dogs- Pastoral Dogs- Sled DogsDogs are susceptible to various diseases and that's why they are often being vaccinated. Some breeds of dogs are prone to certain genetic ailments such as dysplasia, pyometra, blindness, deafness, pulmonic stenosis. All kinds of dogs are prone to therobromine poisoning, usually due to chocolate ingestion. Many of their diseases are common to ours, for example dental and heart disease, epilepsy, cancer, hypothyroidism and arthritis.The typical lifespan of dogs ranges from 10 to 13 years. But it always depends on their lifestyle.Dogs mate and leave 8 to 10 decendants per time. The pregnancy lasts 2 months. If you have a dog, make sure that you treat it with love and they will for sure return that love and loyalty to you:)

                                                                                                  

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                                                                                Anna-Maria Sakellariou

                                                          Junior High School of Oichalia, Greece

 
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What most schools don't teach

Learn about a new "superpower" that isn't being taught in in 90% of US schools. 

Starring Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, will.i.am, Chris Bosh, Jack Dorsey, Tony Hsieh, Drew Houston, Gabe Newell, Ruchi Sanghvi, Elena Silenok, Vanessa Hurst, and Hadi Partovi. Directed by Lesley Chilcott.

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If students designed their own schools...

The best small town in America experiments with self-directed learning at its public high school. A group of students gets to create their own school-within-a-school and they learn only what they want to learn. Does it work? Charles Tsai finds out by spending a week with the Independent Project.

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A short film by the Junior High School of Oichalia

A short film by the Junior High School of Oichalia | a School over the Rainbow: Our School Magazine | Scoop.it

This year we had the chance to make a short film. Its title is "Cleo". The theme is related to immigration. We wanted to underline this phenomenon, as it is very common here, in Oichalia. Nowadays, in our village, over 550 families have immigrated to western European countries. More than 60 children are growing up away from their parents.  The main character is a

girl, Cleo, who lives with her grandmother, away from her parents and has to deal with the consequences of their absence that come to surface. There are English and German subtitles available for this film, we hope you enjoy it! We're looking forward to reading your comments:)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpN7bvvn9cQ

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