Croatian Erasmus + team in Portugal improved their knowledge of online security

The private school Colégio Atlântico from Sexial in Portugal hosted the second mobility within the Erasmus + project S.O.S. – Strengthen online security for Students (Strengthen students’ knowledge of online security). The mobility was held from 9 to 13 May, and the Sveti Petar Orehovec Elementary School was represented by a team of 5 eighth and seventh-grade students. The main topic of this mobility was fake news and its consequences, focusing on fake news transmitted via the Internet.

At the workshop on fake news, the journalist Luis Galrao emphasized that there is news that kills, pointing out the example of an Indian woman who was killed because of fake news published on Facebook. The results of that workshop were posted on the school wall next to a huge Pinocchio made of collage paper. After completing the theoretical part of the workshop, students analyzed in groups the credibility of the news, that is, whether a particular news was false or true. In one workshop, they analyzed news written from two different perspectives. They also posted this news on a joint PADLET.

Mobility participants also learned about fake news at the attractive News Museum in Sintra, one of Portugal’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. At the News Museum, on Propaganda Street, they learned more about propaganda and its goals. Using an interactive tool, they transformed into television reporters for a few minutes and reported live from the scene they chose by themselves. With the help of 3D technology in the Museum, they were able to experience the media in the future. Thanks to exciting 3D technology, waving their arms gave them the feeling of flying among skyscrapers built of news.

Orehovec students had the opportunity to attend classes with the hosts and noticed that teaching is quite different from teaching in Croatian schools. According to student Petra Kušec, students mostly learn through projects and group research, which she liked. She also liked the casual atmosphere in the classroom. The things she didn’t like were that there were no end-of-hour bells and that the lecture sometimes lasted up to 120 minutes. She also noticed that students from the seventh grade onwards use only digital textbooks.

This private school with more than 1,500 students also has an international program

The students also liked the look of this school, which is attended by more than 1,500 students, from kindergarten to 19 years of age. Apart from the fact that the walls of the school are decorated with numerous works of art, what stands out in the school are the tunnel slides. Many children use them to avoid the stairs and go down to the ground floor of the school or to the schoolyard, or simply for fun. The founder of the school, António Pereira, and his family had many different playgrounds built next to the school so that the students could experience the school as a place for fun and relaxation. The school has its own pool and greenhouse where they grow herbs and strawberries, and they even have a banana tree. The school orchard consists of as many as 1,000 orange trees, which are grown without the use of pesticides. We saw for ourselves that the oranges were very tasty because we tasted them in the school kitchen where we had lunch every day together with members of all Erasmus + teams. What Pereira and his family are also responsible for is the establishment of an international IB program in which students attend classes in English. Furthermore, they are responsible for the very friendly atmosphere at the school, and such a friendly atmosphere prevailed during this mobility as well. Friendly teachers socialized daily during meals with Erasmus + teams and during trips to Lisbon and Sintra. What’s more, students felt at home in the host families.

The way in which this mobility was organized justifies the mission of this school. They emphasize that their school is a place where they try to educate curious, critical, communicative, tolerant, brave, and balanced people. /Stojanka Lesički/

The original article is published in the school digital newspaper Klinček.

The original article is published in the school digital newspaper Klinček.

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