Partnerschule für Europa
voneinander - miteinander - füreinander
Europe 2.0 - Ellwangen and Medina virtually connected
The goal of the project is to work out a geocaching quest for both towns.
So first of all, both groups will start individually, deciding on their specific requirements (i.e. pupils will
have to choose topics and will have to decide how to gather information and how tasks are going to
be split up among the pupils; it will be evaluated how the teachers will proceed with regard to
improving the pupils’ IT and language skills needed for this project; …). After this initial phase, both
groups will get into contact negotiating the contents of the respective quests and exchanging
experiences in the working process. In spring 2019, both quests are supposed to be finished in the
respective native languages and specified for the respective local towns. The pupils from Medina will
then come to Ellwangen, try out the geocaching track in real life (and thereby gain knowledge about
specific German / Ellwangen culture), evaluate it and in teams with their German partners, translate
the tasks. The next step is the visit of the German pupils in Medina with the same procedure.
Afterwards, this first cycle will be evaluated and a second group will be chosen that may benefit from
the experiences from the first phase of the project. They will work on a new geocaching track,
integrating the insights of the first group.
So, in the end, all pupils (and teachers) are supposed to gain a new dimension of digital knowledge,
cultural knowledge about the partners’ region and country and hopefully thereby develop a “savoir
entendre and savoir faire” (Byram). At the same time, both schools as a community will also benefit
from the new experiences as teachers will be able to spread the new ideas to their colleagues and
further generations of pupils. And beyond that, this will contribute to the cultural heritage of Ellwangen
and Medina, as so far, there hasn’t been any similar geocaching project in both areas.