FIRST MOBILITY WITH STUDENTS. MADRIGUERAS (ALBACETE, SPAIN)
Sunday, 15th April
Arrival day: Teachers and students from every participating country arrived to Albacete. Students went to the houses of host spanish families. Teachers went to the hotel.
Monday, 16th April
8:45 Arrival at IES Río Júcar: A group of students prepared a guided tour around our school, explaining the main characteristics about our school.
9:40 Students and teachers participate in an active methodology classroom. Students went with their host Spanish students to one lesson about Gymnastic, French, Maths or History. Teachers were invited to go too.
10:35. Presentation of the week. Authorities Reception: We had a meeting in which every country introduces themselves. After this, the coordinator explained every activity of the week. And finally, we received the authorities of the different villages.
11:25. Snack provided by the “mothers and fathers association” of the school.
12:15. The Erasmus group visit to a local company: Goyval, a vinegar company.
13:30. Workshop with students in the computers classroom about how to join a private group on Facebook about the project and how to share photos and information in it.
14:45. Lunch at our school cafeteria. (Only for teachers and authorities, provided by host country)
16:30. Preparation of our Big First Fair of Active Methodologies. Every group of teachers and students prepared the classroom for the next day
18:00. Workshop. Training for students, teachers and families. The private company NIUCO, offers us a workshop about Neurodidactic and gamification in education in wich all together played collaborative games and listend the explanation of the people from NIUCO.
Tuesday, 17th April
FEMAC (European Fair of Active Methodologies, EFAM in English)
We organized our Fair during the morning. The FEMAC was visited for students from other Secondary Schools, several Primary Schools, our students, families and local authorities.
The FEMAC had three projection rooms with several films and presentation made at school, and the following stands:
Stand 1: Around the world in 80 days.
Stand 2 and 9: Programming games with Scratch and Animation app.
Stand 3: History of religions.
Stand 4: The mission: save your planet
Stand 5: Journey to the Classic Word.
Stand 6: Inventors and inventions.
Stand 7: Travel from the human body to the daily life.
Stand 8: A door to the past
Stand 10: Travel to the working world.
Stand 11: Greece: Ulyses
Stand 12: Hungary: Gulliver
Stand 13: Italy: Leonardo Da Vinci
Stand 14: Poland: Copernicus
Wednesday, 18th April
Trip to Cuenca: The Erasmus group visited this town of Castilla La Mancha.
The city of Cuenca is located in the centre of the Iberian Peninsula and is perfectly linked to the most important Spanish cities by the National High Speed Train Network: Madrid, Valencia, Alicante, Barcelona, Albacete, Sevilla, Huesca, Málaga and Valladolid.
The city’s most stunning characteristic is its beauty that recalls on the one hand, the harmony between nature and architecture, and on the other hand, its long history that has left us with a significant cultural and monumental legacy. On December 7th, 1996, Cuenca was named World Heritage Site by UNESCO, thanks to the excellent preservation. To this they added that the city features an exceptional personality, being perfectly integrated into the marvellous natural landscape that surrounds it.
10:00-11.30 a.m. Science Museum
Science Museum, situated in the Plaza de la Merced, is housed in two buildings: an ancient convent and its modern addition. An impressive Time Machine, made up of ancient and modern moving pieces, welcomes you on a tour through the history of the world and of mankind. The scientific discourse is centered around time and is explained through an Astronomical Gallery, a Planetarium, a Cronolanzadera, an exhibition area called “The Treasures of the Earth” (Geology, Stratigraphy and Paleontology), “The Laboratory of Life” (nature, agriculture, livestock, and industry of Castilla-La Mancha), and “The History of the Future.”
At all times, we went with a guide who showed and explained the museum.
12:00-13:30 a.m. Walking by the city
- The Plaza Mayor (Town Square), which is the main point of reference for every visit and tour of the city. The square is actually a triangle whose corners are marked by the Cathedral, the Convent of Las Petras (18th century) and the Town Hall.
- The Cathedral of Santa María de Gracia, a symbol of ecclesiastic power, was the first building whose construction was started following the conquest of the city, in the very spot where the ancient Moslem mosque had been located. This is a complex building with elements from the transition between the Romanesque and Gothic periods at the end of the 12th century, others from the 13th.
- The most emblematic building, and the bestknown in the city of Cuenca, is that of the Casas Colgadas (Hanging Houses). Its precise origins are not known, but it is considered by some to have Moslem roots. For others, it is from the medieval era (14th-15th centuries).
- Providing a fantastic view over Cuenca, Puente de San Pablo (Saint Paul Bridge) is an ideal spot to see the city’s famous hanging houses and snap some great potos.
16:00-17:00 p.m. Abstract Museum
Situated in the Casas Colgadas, this fine museum is one of the main points of attraction in the entire city. In 1966, artist Fernando Zóbel brought his personal collection of Spanish abstract art here, a collection that he had been constantly adding to over the years. The philosophies of the Casas Colgadas and the Museo de Arte Abstracto seem to be profoundly united.
In this place, students in groups had to make a selfie with different pictures and scultures that they had in a list. It was really great to see how they enjoyed in this museum!
17:30-19:00 p.m. Palaeontological Museum
Modern and educational museum with a lot of important fossils. In a chronological tour we can see remains of animals and plants, which dissapeared millions of years ago. Even, there are reproductions, on a real scale, of the Dinosaurs found in the Hoyas and the Hollow.
Besides, the park surrounding the building has spectacular and splendid views of the city of Cuenca.
Thursday, 19th April
Trip to Albacete: the province capital of Madrigueras.
9:30. The Erasmus group started the visit at the Castilla La Mancha University:
Minutes about the learning activity carried out by Erasmus teachers and students at the Regional Development Institute (IDR, Instituto de Desarrollo Regional-UCLM)
The activity was in the frame of the Erasmus project entitled “Journey to Active methodologies, European Union Bond ”, and the objective was to understand how new remote sensing and GIS technologies, based primarily on satellite images, are helping users in the natural resources management. The opening act was done by Dra. Isabel Berruga, she is the Director of the Regional Development Institute (IDR; UCLM), and the lessons were guided by the professors Dr. José González Piqueras and Dr. Antonio Quintanilla, who are researchers in the Remote Sensing Group and Director of Physics Department at the University of Castilla-La Mancha.
Initially, the professor Dr. José González Piqueras explained the basics concepts of remote sensing, focusing on the definition of the satellite image, how the crops are identified and the tools that are nowadays on the hand of users to access that information. Scarcity of water is a common factor in several areas was several of the teachers and students live, like Greece, Italy or Spain. The lessons had a practical activity regarding the estimation of water necessities of typical crops in that areas, using the platform Spiderwebgis (www.spiderwebgis.org) developed in the FATIMA project funded by European Union. This web platform is a cloud server of spatial information accessible by any portable device like smartphones, tablets or desktop pc, and the students could retrieve information about the time evolution in their plots of interest.
During the practical session carried out in the computer classroom, the students became familiar with the crops in La Mancha, that is the area surrounding Albacete, in the same way as the farmers and consultants use the tool to predict the water necessities in many crops. At the time of the lessons, the active crops were wheat, barley, alfafa and vineyards. They experienced the ability to set the water status of them, their spatial distribution and the forecast of the water that the crop will need the next week for its optimum hydric status, and thus for an optimal development without limit on water availability.
Finally, a discussion was open extending the application to Italy and Greece areas to similar crops and others like pistachio. The students were surprised by the easy access to the information and the possibilities that the new technologies are opening to traditional areas such agriculture and forestry. They keep in mind the idea of multidisciplinary teams combining high formation in new technologies, science and languages.
11:00 “Active visit” to the Arqueological Museum: we organized a “Treasure Hunt” designed by us, with the main aim of discovering the most important works and their characteristics, thanks to the game and the collaborative work.
Initially, the director Mrs Rubí Sanz introduced the mussseum: The Albacete Museum preserves, investigates and exhibits public domain assets for the transmission and enjoyment of society as a whole. The Albacete Museum represents the historical and cultural evolution of the province of Albacete, as an integral part of the historical and cultural heritage of Castilla-La Mancha. After the presentation, we made our activity.
13:00 The last place we visited in the morning was our local museum: Albacete’s Cutlery Museum with an English guide.
16:00 In the afternoon, we did a gymkhana around Albacete to know the most importans buildings, parks, streets and monuments in Albacete: Cathedral, bullring, Gabriel Lodares Street, Abelardo Sánchez Park, Fair building, Rosario’s Hostal, little palaces, etc, with clues and questions to find each place.
20:00 Finally, in the evening, we organized a farewell dinner at the school, for teachers, families and students, provided by host families.
Friday 20th April
8:45 Local educational tour: the Erasmus+ group made an historical guided route in English in our village, Madrigueras: “International Brigades in Madrigueras”, and we visited some monuments and the local church.
10:00 Workshop at the Local Senior Centre: activity organized by the Primary School, the Secondary School and the Senior Centre about Popular and traditional games; and folklore dances. Students from the Primary School and the Secundary School went to the Local Senior Center and dancing Popular dances.
12:00 Our Secondary School organized a Charity race, with the help of local institutions such as the Local Government, the Local Athletic Club “28 de Agosto”, the Primary School, Mothers and fathers association. The money collected was given to a NGO.
13:30 Farewell party: Teachers and students from the Secondary School and from the Erasmus project, participate in a concert, in our playground.
Saturday, 21th April