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Λογότυπος της Ευρωπαϊκής Επιτροπής
European Innovative Teaching Award

Childhood in a box

School: Erich Kästner Schule

Childhood in a box - Germany

Topic(s) addressed

  • Creativity and culture (active, historical and everyday encounters)

  • Social dialogue (similarities, differences)

  • Pedagogy and didactics 

  • Achieving sustainable project outcome 

Target groups

  • Pupils 

  • Teachers 

  • Educators 

  • Host families


Using a variety of methods: 

  • Setting up a competition to choose the logo of the project

  • Creating mind maps to develop the task structure for the first year under the “moving” motto. 

  • Developing social skills through group work, scenic play, expert interviews and abstraction. 

  • All conclusions were illustrated with schemes/diagrams and presented in a school forum to external and interested parties. 

  • Using digital learning channels such as the project blog, the production of a virtual tour, own eBooks or Skype.


  • A GTA Europe, a pin board, games and project days offered different learning channels and fostered sustainable learning through the focus on active learning. 

  • Extensive use of digital environment e.g. Skype conferencing, chats, video shooting with a drone and a virtual museum tour

  • The teacher meetings provided insight into other educational systems and reflection on the methodologies.


  • In the on-site meetings and through joint planning, the teachers were able to strengthen their own intercultural competence, were introduced to new methods, reflected and supported the pupils using their experience. 

  • They actively dealt with their language barriers and new technological possibilities of networking. 

  • The teachers had a chance to become learners and channel their own motivation and curiosity towards the project success. 

  • Establishing productive collaboration practices by the teachers


  • A significant boost in learning at different levels: European education, communication, methodology, technology, value building, organisation, etc. 

  • Building tolerance and openness towards other cultures 

  • Sustainable learning progress in languages and technology 

  • Promoting the European idea even further

  • Increased willingness to participate in future projects

Ενδιαφερόμενα μέρη

Ενδιαφερόμενα μέρη

Erich Kästner Schule (Germany)


Sant Jordi


Instituto Comprensivo Toscanini


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