Sustainability Classroom Experience

From bay to bay

Palafrugell, Spain Show map
From Bay to Bay is a project that integrates learnings from different areas and proposes a georeferenced itinerary around several beaches of the Costa Brava. Students create content on biodiversity, sustainability, and cultural and popular heritage. The journey proposes an itinerary that is open to the general public.
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Timing
30 sesiones 30 sessions
Level
12 años 12 years old
Methodology
Project-based learning Trabajo por proyectos
Skill worked on
Collaboration Communication Comprensión lectora Comunicación interpersonal Expresión escrita Information processing Interpersonal communication organización de los entornos de trabajo organization of the working and learning environments. Reading comprehension Tratamiento de la información
Technology used
Apps Web tools Web tools

Context

The school in Palafrugell.
Surrounded by a unique cultural and natural heritage, this special place was a necessary framework for teaching and learning.
Not only to facilitate the fieldwork, but also to make students understand the need to value and preserve what we have.
And, after conducting research work in the classroom, the big question guiding the project “From Bay to Bay” arose:

Can we make an alternative itinerary around the beaches?

Highlights...

Starting from georeferencing 5 baysnear the school, students study different areas of interest in each location and propose an alternative itineraries for each.
Both the research and fieldwork are challenging, and students become content creators based on their own research collaboration with external agents.
This work has been georeferenced to the Mobile History Map platform, allowing any person to access the created content through their mobile app.

Objectives

Get to know the heritage.

Bring students closer to the natural and cultural environment that surrounds them. Get to know and thus value their heritage and contribute to its preservation and dissemination.

Learn how to georeference.

Georeference surrounding beaches from environmental areas of interest and, in this way, build bridges between the environment and the curriculum.

Create content from an itinerary.

Make an alternative itinerary for 5 bays near the school to create specific content in each and relate students’ learning to these locations.

-El Crit Bay::
Sustainability-Environment
-El Golfet Bay:: Biodiversity-natural heritage
-Port Bo Bay: L'Havanera-tradition
-S'Alguer Bay: fishermen houses -heritage.
-Mala Espina Bay: La Garoinada -popular culture.

Learn to use educational technology to generate content.

Technology as a tool to make learning processes easier.

Incorporate the potential of the Mobile History Map platform in the classroom.

Familiarize students and teachers with the MHM platform as a bridge between the classroom and society, with the aim of sharing the obtained knowledge and learning to the population.

Didactic sequence

1

Motivation.

Visiting the bay to get to know the cultural, natural, and heritage richness. What do we know? What do we want to know?
2

Team research.

based on 5 areas of interest: sustainability, biodiversity, music (Havanera), history (fishermen houses), and popular culture (garoinada / sea urchin food event)
Fieldwork
Research work
Experts in the classroom: City council of Palafrugell (Environment), TretzeCultura (Heritage) , Grup Port-Bo (Havanera music)...
Data gathering and analysis
3

Creation of content.

Sharing of information. New content is created from the research.
4

Georeferencing.

Work with the Mobile History Map platform:
Selection of information
Uploading of content
Creating multimedia material: videos, audios, posters, quiz games…
5

Project closure.

Evaluation, assessment. Public presentation to the community and celebration.

Assessment and conclusions

Successes

The opportunity to share and spread the knowledge generated in the classroom.
The connection between the learnings in the classroom and outside during fieldwork.
The Student Awards recognizing the project was stimulating for both students and teachers.

Things to improve

It is necessary to narrow down the learning objectives. It was such a big project that we found it difficult to focus.
It is important to bear in mind that the project requires a lot of fieldwork (outings, flexible schedules, etc.
The project was spread throughout the school community, not only the school setting but also the families and their environment. We greatly value projects that go outside the classroom and create synergies with the environment to enrich learning.

Take this experience to your classroom!

Tips to adapt the experience to your classroom

1

Ask yourself

Can we take advantage of the environment to enrich learning? Is our school near a cultural, historical, social, or natural heritage?
2

What learnings do we have in mind for our students?

What do we want them to learn? What perspective do we include in their learning? (a social, topic-based, or a more holistic perspective)?
3

Think

It is important to think about the methodology of work in the classroom (teams, globalized work), about the “tasks” to solve and the challenge that will guide our research.
4

To success

In order for the globalized work and fieldwork to be successful, it is important to make schedules more flexible, to decompartmentalize the areas and content, and to plan outings to carry out research and visits from external agents.

Author

Montse Jiménez Vila

Secondary school teacher and trainer. Director of pedagogy at Vedruna-Prats de la Carrera. PBL coordinator at the school.
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