Tuesday, 9 March 2010

E-skills closing event Bruxelles 2010

Here are some photos of the e-skills closing event in Bruxelles, last Friday (5th March). I must say that we had a great time in Bruxelles and I was really glad to meet 2 partners from Europe, Katja and Gabriella.


Thank you Michael and all 30 partners for the whole success of this etwinning project!






Tuesday, 9 February 2010

eTwinning European Conference, Seville

Schoolovision wins its 3rd major European Award!

eTwinning celebrated its 5th birthday in style in Seville at the weekend, with around 520 teachers from all over Europe attending the annual conference there.

For Schoolovision 2009, it marked the 3rd chapter in a fantastic run of victories, which started in Rome at the Global Junior Challenge where the project won 1st prize, last October.
Then, the project was entered into the eLearning Awards, held in Vilnius last November, and the project won 1st prize again, this time in the category of "Best Cross Border Collaboration in Europe."

Finally, the project was entered into the eTwinning Awards, and it was a memorable weekend for the 17 partners who made it to Seville, as Schoolovision again emerged victorious, this time in the category of "Most Creative Use of Digital Media."



Some of the Schoolovision teachers, celebrating in Seville after the project was announced as a winner!

Members of the team gather in Seville after a memorable conference.

For me as the creator of the project, it was undoubtably my proudest moment of all, as I was able to meet many of the partners who have worked with me over the past year, and who have made the project so successful.

Watch the team members who were in Seville accepting the prize.

Now, it's time to concentrate on Schoolovision 2010 as we aim to do it all again, with the contest coming to a climax in May, when the new champions will be announced.

Thank you to all 30 partners, for helping make this such a wonderful experience!

Michael

Friday, 27 November 2009

eLearning Awards 2009, Vilnius

Schoolovision was entered into the eLearning Awards 2009, and we were delighted to hear that it had been shortlisted as one of the top 50 projects, and forwarded to the final Awards Ceremony, which was held in Vilnius, Lithuania on 26th November 2009.

The Lithuanian partner, Aurelija Dirginciene, represented the team at the awards, and the great news was that Schoolovision was declared as the winner in the category "Best Cross Border Cooperation in Europe"!

The prize for this award-winning performance was a cheque for 1000 Euros, a digital camcorder and a lovely trophy!


Aurelija is pictured receiving the award from Anne Gilleran, who hosted the eLearning Awards Ceremony.

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Veni, vidi, vici! Our victory in Rome.

The final awards ceremony of the Global Junior Challenge took place in central Rome on Friday 9th October, in the prestigious Julius Caesar room of the Campidoglio City Halls.

A total of 109 projects from all over the world had been shortlisted as finalists, and the fantastic news from the awards was that Schoolovision 2009 was awarded 1st place in the "up to 15 years old" category!


In Rome, with the trophy, after winning the Global Junior Challenge.

To all the hundreds of children from all over Europe who took part in this wonderful project, and to all the project partners, I would like to say a huge "Thank you", for making it possible for Schoolovision to win such an amazing award.

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Global Junior Challenge 2009


We are proud to announce that Schoolovision 2009 has been named as a finalist in the Global Junior Challenge which will see the best projects announced at the final ceremony in Rome, on October 7-9th 2009.
Click for details of the final event.

Friday, 5 June 2009

Taking the trophy to Brno, Czech Republic!

As the organiser of Schoolovision, today I had the most wonderful moment of the whole project- I visited the winning school, ZS Husova, in Brno, the second largest city of the Czech Republic, to meet the children who won the competition, along with their teachers, and to present them with the Schoolovision trophy, to mark their fantastic piece of work.

It was a real pleasure, and I want to thank all those who welcomed me to the school, the children who performed the winning song once again for me, and the others, such as the Mayor of Brno and the Deputy Minister for Education in the Czech Republic, who all spent time with the children, listening to how they plotted their victory!

With the Schoolovision 2009 champions!



Headteacher Roman Tlustos, eTwinning partner Dana Ciglova, Michael Purves, creator of the project, and teachers Katerina Kosova and Marcela Necasova.


Watching the winners performing "Hejkal" again.



The winners, along with the teachers, the Mayor of Brno, and the Deputy Minister of Education in the Czech Republic, Jakub Durr.
Watch the winning song from the Czech Republic again!

Friday, 15 May 2009

And the winners are....

THE CZECH REPUBLIC!!

Well done and thank you to everyone who took part in today's really brilliant live vote. You can view a replay of the live vote, by clicking on the link, below. And, if you wish to see any of the songs again, just click on the country's name in the results list, and you'll be taken directly to each song.

Here is the FlashMeeting replay of the voting.

RESULTS:
1st......CZECH REPUBLIC....201pts
2nd....ESTONIA....................172pts
3rd.....FINLAND...................124pts
4th.....ICELAND....................118pts
5th.....POLAND......................112pts
6th.....FRANCE......................108pts
7th.....DENMARK.....................99pts
8th.....GERMANY.....................95pts
9th.....GREECE..........................94pts
10th...TURKEY.........................91pts
11th...LITHUANIA...................84pts
12th...LATVIA...........................66pts
13th...SCOTLAND.....................62pts
14th...NETHERLANDS.............57pts
15th...AUSTRIA........................36pts
16th...WALES............................28pts
17th...CYPRUS..........................27pts
18th...SLOVENIA.....................26pts
19th=.PORTUGAL..................25pts
19th=.SWEDEN.......................25pts
21st....SLOVAKIA...................21pts
22nd...NORWAY.....................16pts
23rd...MALTA........................13pts
24th=.IRELAND....................10pts
24th=.ITALY.........................10pts
24th=.ROMANIA................10pts
27th...SPAIN..........................9pts
28th=.BULGARIA..................5pts
28th=.ENGLAND...................5pts
30th...HUNGARY..................0pts

The Mayor of Odda, in Norway, gives the Norwegian votes.


Finland give their votes.


Scotland give their votes by FlashMeeting.



In the Netherlands, Dutch TV follows the FlashMeeting votes!


Project co-ordinator, Michael Purves, speaks about Schoolovision, to Scottish Television.

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Wrap-up of all entries

Schoolovision 2009 in a short review.
All entries in alphabetical order.

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Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Song from Bulgaria- Computer Story

We are singing in Bulgarian-our native tongue because we want to show everyone how beautiful it is It's a story about one computer and its "friends"- the cat and the mouse! Let's have fun together!

Good Luck!


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Friday, 8 May 2009

Germany - Es ist Sommer

This song is about summer.
During the Flashmeetings we have learned that we live in hot and cold countries. In the entries we can see children having a lot of fun in the snow as well as on the beach.
This nicely goes along with our song where it says:
"It doesn't matter whether you are hot or cold,
for summer is what's going on in your head".

We very much enjoy being part of this project
and we're looking forward to the voting.



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HELLO EUROPE !!!

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This is the Turkish entry for Schoolovision 2009.

Our song is called "DÜM TEK TEK" and

it is sung by Hadise for Eurovision Song Contest 2009.

We really enjoy it while singing.

We hope you will enjoy it.

Thank you all and Good luck!

"Een grote stieros" from the Netherlands




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[EDIT: This version of the same song has been uploaded as well, so that our partners in Turkey, where youtube.com is blocked, can enjoy watching it too! Michael]

Final FlashMeeting test - 8th May

Final FlashMeeting test between Scotland, Italy, Poland, Slovenia and the Netherlands

We had an excellent webcam conference between Scotland, Italy, Poland, Slovenia and the Netherlands this morning. You can view a replay of the meeting by clicking on the link above.
Now, there is just one week until we meet to cast our votes. Good luck to everyone!

Portugal Entry - "Menina estás à janela"

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Our song is a traditional folk music about our region: Alentejo.

5th form sing it in Portuguese but at the end they sing some English words.

We hope all members enjoy it!

We are very proud cause we are relatives of a big family called Schoolovision2009 which lives around Europe and is connected with strong chains of friendship!

Lots of Hugs from Portugal and Good Luck to everyone!

Schoolovision Cyprus entry




Hello from Cyprus!!


This is the Cyprus entry. We are grade 5 students and we were chosen among 6 classes in the semi-finals in our school. Our song is called "Rita Ritaki" and it is in Greek. It is about a man who loves a woman named Rita. It is a famous song in Cyprus and we like it a lot. We hope you will enjoy it and vote for us!!!



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[EDIT: I have uploaded this additional version of the same song, so that our partners from Turkey, who cannot view videos on youtube.com will be able to see and enjoy the entry from Cyprus. Michael]

Thursday, 7 May 2009

Moja fantazja - Poland



"My Fantasy" is a popular Polish children's song, sung in schools and kindergartens. The song talks that fantasy and imagination is needed to have fun. Good luck!



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[EDIT: This version of the same song will allow our partners in Turkey to view the entry from Poland, as youtube.com is blocked in Turkey. Michael]

Irish Entry

Here is the Irish entry singing their National Anthem Amhrán na bhfiann- The Soldiers Song and playing their tin whistles. We hope you enjoy it!

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Schoolovision Welsh Entry

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This is a traditional Welsh song called "Sosban Fach". The song catalogues the troubles of a harassed housewife. It is sung a lot at Rugby matches, especially when the Lanelli Scarlets are playing! We really enjoyed singing it, especially the Oi! Oi!. You should all join in with this part.

Hwyl!