The project Animation and ICT as a new quality of enhancing the pedagogy of cultural heritage of Finland and Poland will be implemented by the students of Liceum Plastyczne in Nowy Wiśnicz and Lybecker Institute in Raahe over the period of two years. The main objectives of the project are: the development and implementation of innovative practices in cultural heritage education with the use of stop-motion animation and ICT, the exchange of good ideas, experiences and methods between the schools with different profiles, increase in digital and linguistic competences with the use of the project participants’ diversity, supporting students with special needs in completing secondary school and being able to find themselves on the labour market, achieving improved outcomes of students with below-average results, supporting entrepreneurship education. Various forms of cooperation will be employed during the implementation of the particular project activities. Active teaching methods using animation and ICT will be applied and English will be the language of communication. There are two mobilities to the partner schools planned, each lasting for 10 days as well as the actions of participants between and after the mobilities, including setting up and the maintenance of project website, post-production of all the films and posters designing. 16 secondary school students and 4 teachers forming two international groups of 10 people will take part in the project. During the two mobilities 16 days workshops are planned. Apart from the theoretical part they will have a practical dimension. The participants will learn about the cultural heritage of partner schools regions and use local legends in their work. In Nowy Wiśnicz they will write film screenplays, prepare backgrounds, elements and photos for animation utilizing the potential of the art school, whereas in Lybecker specialized laboratories in Raahe sound design and animated films montage will be made. The project focuses on producing two stop-motion animation short films and making-of films documenting the joint work of students from the schools with a rich but different technology base. During the mobilities animation workshops will be carried out by experts, world-famous animated films directors. The innovative project uses animation as a new digital tool in cultural heritage education of EU countries. Innovative practices will be additionally addressed to the primary school students aged 7-10 in Nowy Wiśnicz and in Raahe, which will increase their language and digital competences. The effect of these one-day workshops conducted by the previously mentioned two international groups will be the material for four small short films. Project results in the form of two animated short films and four small short films created on the basis of Polish and Finnish cultural heritage and the making of films will be shown to the wide audience in Poland and in Finland. Posters prepared by the project participants will promote the shows. Moreover, two short films will be submitted to international animated films festivals. This will enhance the status of the project and the schools internationally. The project will ensure the recognition of excellent results in learning and teaching languages by awarding ELL, the recognition of new competences by issuing Certificates and Europass Mobility, a more positive approach to European projects and the EU values, tackling the differences in learning outcomes related to the socio-economic disparities, reducing ESL students percentage of disadvantaged groups, greater work satisfaction and motivation, more modern, dynamic and professional school environment ready to use good practices in daily activities, open to synergies with other organizations. Schools with different profiles and from different countries will provide added value to each other. Students will learn the similarities, differences and universal values in the European cultural heritage. ICT-based learning method is the most convenient for the bicultural project. Due to the methods applied the schools will benefit the image of modern institutions, implementing European Union treaty assumptions.
Project activities will bring additional long-term benefits: new ICT teaching methods, language and digital skills improvement, increased learning motivation, increase of students mobility,
enriched and attractive educational offer of both schools, joint presentations of the results will strengthen local and international ties, possible future cooperation of primary schools from both countries, to which the participants offer was addressed and the exchange of good practices between Polish and Finnish teachers.
The project is interdisciplinary and multi-faceted, referring to ICT-based animation for educational purposes in the context of the study of the cultural heritage of both countries. Knowing your own cultural heritage helps to tolerate the diversity of cultures in Europe. Animation offers the possibility to interpret emotions, image and music transmission, whereas intensive course of animation knowledge entails self-expression.