IES Aranguren is the leading partner of this two-year proposal in which it involves working with technological innovations and intends to make an exchange of good practices between two replacement centers, one side, a center in a disadvantaged area such as is the Aranguren and, on the other, a high-level center such as the center of Vilnius in Lithuania. Therefore, it is a project in which both centers learn simultaneously, our center is a reference in the school of students of different nationalities and has much to contribute to the educational center that can help us in the development of innovative competences of teachers working with different methodologies. In addition, our students have active participants in the development of their creative abilities through various activities that are carried out jointly between the two centers in the way that carried out joint exchanges of Lithuanian and Spanish students to work their skills basic in English and functioning in a holistic way, all subjects with a reference group and, in turn, common activities among the centers that are included in a descriptive blog of the project (Description of the center and its Autonomous Community, visiting several museums from both countries and work on it and the recent history of both countries, visits to NGOs working with refugees, videos of our students talking about their social environment and habits, intercultural cookbook, a methodological guide on learning activities outside the classroom, etc. .
Both institutions decide to carry out this project in order to improve the skills of our students, as well as to promote the exchange between the students and the staff of the two very different educational centers in the two countries with great cultural differences such as the son of Spain and Lithuania. We like that our TALISMAV project was a kind of talisman that could bring positive elements to both parties and many other institutions in their environment.
IES José Luis López Aranguren is located in a lower middle class area outside of Fuenlabrada (Madrid), while Vilnius students belong to one of the 5 best secondary schools in Lithuania.
The main objective of the project is to create a common innovative methodology, based on the evidence of the work carried out in the project executed by both schools.
The methodology is the essential aspect of our project, since it is a project based on learning, with a focus on learning by tasks and focused on the student and the methodology of cooperative work.
Therefore, this project increases the possibility of knowing the context of bilateral cooperation and understanding different methods of teaching when learning abroad is experienced as each individual participant will be able to develop different strategies to implement with our Lithuanian and Spanish students.
The two schools have been applying and sharing the innovative methods of teaching and learning during the
lessons of different subjects. The methods will be uploaded to the blog (http://talismav.blogspot.lt/) which has
been created for sharing the methods. The students and the teachers got to know how the systems of education
work in both countries leading to a better understanding of the differences of the educational systems. During
the project students have been exposed to social and cultural realities in Lithuania and Spain which helped them
to develop their creativity, social and communicative skills. Both teachers and students have been encouraged to
use ICT during the project activities (preparing Prezi and PowerPoint presentations). The teachers have been
given the opportunity to experience the differences of methodologies and teaching approaches through
attending the lessons and giving some lessons during short-term joint staff training events. As a symbol of an
ongoing project, a logo has been established and successfully used for dissemination of the project.