This is a story about students from “Vëllezërit Frashëri” school who were very concerned about the environment, recycling, and how it impacts health so they created the project to address these issues. The school started the recycling project somewhere at the end of February 2019. Teachers were asked to work together with students and find out how they could use micro:bit to make project better.

The focus was on the existing landfills, as chilren felt they should apply recycling methods to plastic, paper and glass instead of just letting these materials poison lands. Students envisioned that the recycled materials can be packed, classified and sorted by colour through robotics then placed to the designated area and picked up by trucks.

From March to May 2019, many students of different grades became involved in working with micro:bit. Moreover, teachers were advised to give the micro:bit to the students and ask them to explore possibilities also at home at their own pace, and come back with their ideas. It was stated that students found this approach very useful because they were free to explore and find ways of integrating micro:bit in their school project. This way, they learned a lot from each other, and every student who showed interest in coding had the chance to contribute and be an active part of the project that presented the change and innovation. 

The key results of the project were more than twofold, but below are emphasised key conclusions: 

  • All landfills in our country and worldwide should support the idea of recycling;
  • Students should be encouraged to continuously do research and explore the data for achieving better results. 

Based on these results, it can be said that even after the project came to life, teachers and students of this school continued to have an impact in their school, and to a wider area. Hence, as far as the students were encouraged to continuously do research and explore the data, it shows that they have been thinking in finding new ways of improving their work on the project by making it even more efficient. They have proved this by participating also in different international coding competitions and being awarded for their innovative idea related to the sustainable development goals. 

“The connection between CTPS and coding gave me the opportunity to try new strategies and techniques so that I can motivate students even more and include each one of them.”

- Albanian Language Teacher

 

What are the benefits our programme in this school?

Creative idea

The school project was very creative. Moreover, all teachers were actively engaged and integrated the CTPS and coding with micro:bit also in their relative subjects as presented through their lesson plans and during the meetings.

Programme impact across school structure

It is a very good example of concretely measuring the impact of this training, first of all on the teachers and school leaders, and then on the students. Teachers are the ones who motivated and encouraged students to explore more on coding and use micro:bit, by practicing critical thinking which allowed them to be problem solvers.

Teamwork

So far,  great number of students became involved, and in the coding club in particular, who showed a great interest in solving real life problems by practicing critical thinking. 21st Century Schools programme has started to make a change. This change is achieved by providing equal opportunities to every teacher and student to learn new skills and practice them on daily basis when possible.

Teachers have positive experience

Below are some quotes from the teachers who practice CTPS and coding with micro:bit.

“Some students in particular found micro:bit very attractive. They showed their curiosity and interest and grasped the concept of coding immediately.”

History teacher

“Students showed a great interest when micro:bit was first introduced in the class, and there was a great cooperation between them.”

Math teacher

“Classes were more interesting and students collaborated very well and showed a great interest!”

 Geography teacher