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!

"Open your heart" from Iceland





The song “Open your heart” was sung in Eurovision 2003 by Birgitta Haukdal. The girls sang this song in Flatovision (a competition in our school - Flataskóli) in March and it was selected the best number. They sing the song in English and the dance is composed by the dancers. Enjoy :-)






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[EDIT: I have posted this version of the song here, using blogger, so that our partners in Turkey, who can't view anything on youtube.com can watch the song. Michael]

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Hot'n'cold - Song from France

This is the French contribution to schoolovision...although it is in English! As a matter of fact, I'm the English teacher of the children and we found it interesting to sing in English. Our song contains a lot of contraries, which we learned while singing, and it is easy to sing. So, come on: sing with us!

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Greece -"The Game of Love"

Hello from Greece!
This is the greek entry for Schoolovision 2009.
Our song is called "The Game of Love".
Love is the key for happiness, peace and progress for the whole world.
And the game of love is the path that we all should follow...
The children have chosen this song because they like it's meaning and rythm
and because they love the singer of this song, Elena Paparizou.
We wish Good Luck to everybody..!
Kisses from 6th grade of Primary School of Skopelos in Lesvos.

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Soldier - song from Spain

Here is our song. We made up a traditional song called 'soldier', we've called 'dj,dj'. We hope you enjoy. Best wishes everybody.

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Finland

Hello from Finland! Our song , Tirlittiä, is an old traditional song with nonsense words. Pupils enjoyed very much making the video. We hope you like it.

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Song from Czech republic

Hello from the Czech republic. Our song is a children's song written by Inka Rybarova. The title of the song is Hejkal (The Bugaboo). We hope you will like it.




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[Edit: This is the blogger.com version of the same song, to allow our partners in Turkey, who cannot access youtube.com to enjoy it too. Michael]

Turbo Polka - Slovenia

Hi, everyone. This is a song originally sung by a Slovene pop folk band Atomik harmonik. And we can sing it too. Can you? Our singers are Lucija, Nina, Maja and Anja from Class 7C. And our professional accordeon player is Žan from the 8th grade. Have fun.
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Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Barinya - from Latvia

Hello from Latvia,


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Song Barinya is a POPULAR folk-song reflecting Russian national character- generous, kind-hearted, corageous, energetic. We sing Barinya on big holidays.

"O LUME MINUNATĂ" - ROMÂNIA

Childhood is the most beautiful stage in the life of any human being.. Adult persons would give anything to become children, children would give anything to grow up faster. So, give the children all the love you are able to give!
That’s what our song says.
“O lume minunată” ( It’s a wonderful world!)

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" It's a wonderful world where you will find -Only children A world with a lot of sun and many toys -For Children. In this world with stories and flowers you will find -Only children And a world of innocence keep it anyway -For Children .
Yesterday we were children but the time changed usWe started in life and we had dreams fulfilled as we wanted Many good thoughts we collected and what we always learnt Children give the love we keep what's good to show them.What smile can be more truthful , more cleaner Which eyes know to talk so true? "

GOOD-LUCK EVERYONE!( Wherever you are from!)

Milimali - Song from Norway


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This song is made by two of the pupils in class 6A in Odda; Amalie and Emilie. They made this song for their school when the school needed a song for their anti-bullying program.
They're singing about the school day, and being bestfriends.

England

This song is about our school and the fun we have learning about different subjects. We are sorry we cannot show the faces of our pupils on this blog because of strict codes of practice in our Local Authority. We can upload the video to the twin space on eTwinning with clear video pictures and I will do that later in the week.
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[EDIT- NOTE TO ALL PARTNERS] You can view the lovely, clear version of this song now by logging in to the twin space for the Schoolovision project on the eTwinning portal. Just click on the eTwinning logo near the top of the blog to go directly to the portal.
Michael

Monday, 4 May 2009

Children song - from Hungary

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The title of the song: Drap,drap,drips.
The song is about the rain.

Diggelo, diggeley - from Sweden

No great video, just plain singing and pure joy!

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Sunday, 3 May 2009

Hello from Malta - Il-Vapur tal-Art

Our song is about the train which operated between Mdina (our old capital city) and Valletta (our capital city today). The train operated between 1883 and 1931. In 1931 the train stopped functioning, as it was too expensive to run. In a public garden in Birkirkara, one can find the remains of a train carriage and a former station used at the time when the train was a means of transport between the two cities.

"The Maltese train always worked at a loss,
But this train was a unique one which could not be found elsewhere..."

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Saturday, 2 May 2009

Auld Lang Syne - Song from Scotland

Yester Primary School - Scotland

Our children decided to sing a song that is well known across the world! It was written by Robert Burns in 1788 and is all about love and friendship.

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SCHOOLOVISION PREPARATIONS - ROMANIA

Friday, 1 May 2009

SLOVAKIA

Great greeting from Slovakia! :-)
Here we are ready for Schoolvision 2009 on-line song contest. We have chosen a song that is well known in Europe. We have sung it in four European languages - please, join us and sing with us.
Children from

Jarna school Poprad Slovakia
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Thursday, 30 April 2009

Hello from Austria!! Our song is the "Schulordnungsblues" - the "Schoolregulations-song"

We all know that rules are necessary to learn and live together in harmony.
Our favourite song is a story about rules at school such as .....

- put off our shoes in the wardrobe
- not any scuffle
- salute pleasant
- quiet down
- listen carefully

We think we are a good team and have much fun together!!

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Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Flash Meeting today with Scotland and Denmark

Today, we had at last our flash meeting with 2 countries:
Scotland and Denmark.
Me and my children loved this meeting and wanted to say
a huge thanks to Michael,
who gave us the opportunity to take part in a meeting like this.
Last time we couldn't be online, because of technical problems.
We are all in the final countdown till the 15th of May,
so Greece wishes to everybody
Good Luck!

FlashMeeting test- 29th April

FlashMeeting between Scotland, Greece and Denmark

Thanks to both Greece and Denmark who tested their equipment out successfully this morning. We had a very good meeting, and although Denmark had a few problems, they joined in at the end of the meeting- so well done!
To view the replay, click on the link at the top.

Monday, 27 April 2009

We are going to be...amici! Song from Italy

This is a story, like many others, about friendship at school.


All the funny moments, in and out the classrooms, don't finish when the bell rings but they are going to continue...


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We, Italian and European children, are going to be FRIENDS!!





Here is the You Tube version of the song.

FlashMeeting - Monday 27th April

Today, we had another chance to test out our equipment in schools before the big vote in May. A huge "Thank you" to all the partners who came along to this morning's FlashMeeting. We had 17 partners there, and overall, things worked very well, though there were some teething problems with microphones and some of the webcams.

You can watch a replay of today's meeting here.


Thanks to Marek Fularz, our Polish partner, for this fantastic picture!

If you experienced problems with your equipment, please take some time to test your school microphone thoroughly by going to the test page of FlashMeeting which is here.

Thanks again.
Michael

Sunday, 26 April 2009

Preparations in Poland


This video shows school contest we prepare to select song we will use for schoolovision.
Here some photos of this event:

Test videos etc have moved...

To create some space on the Schoolovision blog, I have moved all the test videos, and introductions that everyone made earlier in the project to a new blog.

We all agree that they are a fantastic resource, and a very valuable part of the overall project, so I certainly didn't want to lose them. All the comments that have been made by pupils and partners in the project are still there too.

You can see them all on the Schoolovision test video blog here.

Thank you!
Michael

Child Wonder - song from Estonia




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Every fact and every rule has to be learned – learn, child wonder!
The one who’s eager to learn numbers will one day be a genius!
Like a worm eating a mushroom, a child wonder wants to have it all.
A small wise guy will be a genius tomorrow.

Everything has its own number, everything revolves around a mess of numbers!
House number, account number, flat number and shoe size,
Shirt size, trousers size, coat size, hat size,
Sock size, cap size, fax and phone number…

You can’t escape it: a number faces you everywhere!
A child wonder’s speciality is the number, a big big number.
A child wonder knows everything, it’s no wonder!
Only sometimes, oh no, you forget your name…

Friday, 24 April 2009

FlashMeeting- Friday 24th April

Today, we tested our webcams in some of the schools involved in Schoolovision.

Click to watch the FlashMeeting between Scotland, France and Norway.

Saturday, 18 April 2009

लिथुँनियन song- Song from Lithuania

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Our song is called "Conductivity- Father Wheeled Hay"

Thursday, 9 April 2009

Hvalborg - Song from Denmark

Denmark Stadil-Vedersø Skole

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This video is based on Shubidua's "Hvalen Hvalborg"

This is a very very sad song telling the story of Hvalborg the Whale.
Once she was a very big, strong and beautiful queen of the oceans.
But now she is dead, stuffed with old newspapers and cotton.
You can see her exhibited for a dime.
All we now have is the memory,
so we can only say sleep well, goodbye and leave her.

Friday, 3 April 2009

"Flatovision"

News from Iceland
When we decided to take part in Schoolovision we thought it would be a good idea to organize Flatovision to let the students show off their talent. They got a little over a month to prepare and choose a song.

Fourteen numbers were registered which included soloists, duets, and larger groups performing, two of which were created by the students. We had five externals judging the competition and it turned out so well that we‘re interested in turning this into a yearly event. Now all we have to do is to create a video and publish it on the internet in time. Thanks for this great idea Michael.



Sunday, 29 March 2009

FlashMeeting - 29th March

FlashMeeting held this morning

We had our third meeting this morning, so thanks to all the members of the team who came to try out FlashMeeting today. You can watch a replay by clicking on the link above.

Sunday, 22 March 2009

FlashMeeting - 22nd March

This morning, 12 of the team met to discuss the project. You can watch a replay of our FlashMeeting webcam conference by clicking on the link.

Thank you to everyone who came along- the next stage will be to organise a school-based FlashMeeting to check things work there.

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

FlashMeeting - 11th March

FlashMeeting on 11th March 2009

Click on the link above to view a replay of the FlashMeeting that 9 members of the team participated in tonight. This was our first test using the webcams, and we will have another meeting on Sunday 22nd March. Thereafter, we will test the software in our schools, involving the pupils, so they can hopefully meet each other before we vote for our favourite songs, via live webcam conference in May!

Sunday, 11 January 2009

The rules of the competition!


2009 Eurovision Song Contest- Moscow, Russia, 16 May 2009


“Schoolovision 2009”- May 2009



Following a similar format to the Eurovision Song Contest, Schoolovision will allow one primary school from all eTwinning countries wishing to participate, to record and upload a song of their choice, to be viewed by all other participants in the project.

In addition, all countries will be asked to evaluate and vote for their favourite songs after they have listened to all the others- and of course, voting for yourself will not be allowed!

Under the rules of the project, you and your class will have until Thursday 7th May to decide upon your song, practise it, video it, and get it uploaded onto the project blog website, using either the video upload section within www.blogger.com, or by using google video. Once all songs are uploaded, you will need to get your class to watch all the other countries' entries and decide who will receive your votes. This should be done in the week from Friday 8th May until Thursday 14th May. On Friday 15th May, you have two choices. You can either join the team for a group webcam conference, starting at 9.00am UK time, where we will announce our votes to each other and total the votes up, so we can establish the winner. Or, if this is not possible, you will need to email your votes to Michael Purves, the project co-ordinator BEFORE the live webcam voting takes place. This way, we will be able to successfully total all the votes from all the countries and announce who are Schoolovision champions for 2009. The winning school will be sent a specially commissioned trophy! All partners will also be sent special certificates once the voting is complete.

RULES

1.Only one school from each country will be allowed to enter.

2.Schoolovision is for primary schools only.

3.Once you have agreed to enter and submitted your request to the project coordinator, Michael Purves you will receive an invitation to become a partner in the project, followed by a separate invitation to contribute to the project's blog. You need to sign up for the blog, whereby you will be able to upload your finished song in due course.

In addition, please send Michael a brief description of your school, along with a photograph, that Michael will add to the blog, so that each country can see who is all taking part.

4.The song should be be one of your choice, hopefully chosen in collaboration with your pupils, and can be sung in any language. It can be a well known song, or an original song that perhaps no-one else will have heard of- it's up to you! When you have decided on your song, please email Michael with the name of the song. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT IF THE SONG HAS BEEN COPYRIGHTED, YOU MUST GET PERMISSION BEFORE USING IT. IF YOU NEED TO GET PERMISSION (FROM THE PRODUCER) THEN YOU MUST EMAIL A COPY OF THIS PERMISSION TO MICHAEL BEFORE USING IT!!

5.Musical accompaniment is permitted- but only in the following way. Members of your class (your pupils) who wish to play a musical instrument can do so, and your song can have adult help who could for example, play a piano or a keyboard to lead the tune of the song. Alternatively, you can use a CD for the tune- but your children MUST do the singing!

6.All entries should be completed by Friday 1st May, if possible. I would suggest that between Monday 4th- Thursday 7th May, you upload the video of your song to the blog, via www.blogger.com using either the “upload video” section of the site, or by uploading your video to Google video, especially if the file is more than 100mb in size, then copying and pasting the embed code into your blog post. All files MUST be uploaded by Friday 8th May, as each country will then need to watch all the entries and judge them during the following week- Monday 11th- Thursday 14th May.

7.Once you and your pupils have watched each entry and chosen your favourites, either email your choices to Michael Purves, before Friday 15th May, or you can give your votes, live, via webcam conference on Friday 15th May. YOU MUST NOT VOTE FOR YOUR OWN ENTRY!


GOOD LUCK to all countries, and enjoy making your entry, and listening to all the other entries!


Michael Purves & Katja Auffret

Project founders