Projects and partnerships
Project category: cooperation for innovation
Project outcome: development of innovative Virtual Reality technologies for foreign language learning
Project no.: 2019-1-HR01-KA204-060781
Over the last few years, Virtual Reality has become one of the most innovative teaching tools in many educational sectors. While some preliminary use of this technology has been tested in language learning, no VR tools of real significance have been developed for language classrooms up to this date. The potential for VR in language learning may be even greater than in other fields of education. VR can provide a fully immersive learning experience and while this method is proven to be the most effective for language learning, very few students would ever have a chance to experience language immersion without the implementation of VR technology. Through this project, we will develop an innovative platform for carrying out collaborative group language exercises in the classroom. These will provide an opportunity for students to practice the target language in a fully immersive way, mimicking the well established methodology of "Total Physical Response" in a way that has not been used in language learning before.
Foreign language school JANTAR - IH Split works as a project coordinator on developing project results together with partner schools from Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania and Spain. The project outputs include the creation of virtual worlds in which the learning process will take place, tasks that students will solve using language skills, piloting a project within the school. All technology is being developed for the Oculus Quest platform, which is also the latest in VR technology.
Host: Jantar - IH Split
During a 2-day kick-off meeting in October 2019, our partners met in Split, Croatia to get to know each other, discuss the project objectives and draw up action plans. During the meeting, partners presented a comprehensive overview of their organizations, early drop-outs from educational programs and use of technology in language learning in their respective countries. All the preparations were made to develop our first intellectual output: Virtual Worlds.
As we live in the time of unprecedented change, the educational context is also changing. That is why we need to work on developing innovations and modern skills to teach our students and increase their chances of success. Therefore, we want our teaching, management and administrative staff to adopt these skills and competences and to integrate them into our daily school practice.
In this project, we have carefully selected structured courses that, on the one hand, are intended to help our teaching staff to develop various aspects of creating a modern, innovative and student-centered classroom. We have incorporated the methods that support this type of teaching into our plan, and we want to support our staff in designing project-based, integrated, task-based, or problem-based teaching.
In addition, we plan to help our teachers to plan lessons that foster higher-level competencies and cognitive skills, such as communication, collaboration, conflict resolution and mediation, as well as, creativity, critical thinking and digital competencies. Through chosen structured courses, we want to help our management and administrative staff to improve their 21st century competencies related to digital skills, as well as leadership and mentoring.
We believe that the whole project will have a great impact on motivation, not only employees’ or students’, but also the general public’s motivation to continue their life-long learning.
This course is designed for teachers who want to understand the dynamics of the group and how it affects the school environment and learn more about effective and modern classroom management that encourages participation, motivation, engaged learning using the latest techniques and tools.
Successful human resource management within an organization can be the key to success, but has been overlooked in many fields. This course should enhance the motivation and leadership competencies of the team towards a strategic goal. It offers a practical guide for anyone working within the education sector and beyond.
This course on innovative approaches to teaching is a practical guide to help improve the quality and effectiveness of the educational process in any classroom. Encouraging creativity, organizing projects, involving minorities in the teaching process, and using information technology to develop critical thinking are examples that will broaden the potential of teachers and motivate students.
This course is designed for teachers who want to learn more about managing an effective and modern classroom that encourages participation and engaged learning using the latest techniques. Through interactive activities, participants in this course will learn how to foster a student-centered educational environment. Student-centered methods have been shown to be superior to those of traditional teacher-directed methods. Student-centered methods encourage student autonomy and collaboration. They also help with memory, critical thinking, problem-solving skills, confidence and motivation.
This course provides its participants with the tools to plan, monitor and evaluate collaborative learning, team teaching, project-based learning, formative assessment, and models for evaluating transversal skills across subjects. It also advises teachers on how to integrate critical thinking into teaching, how to foster well-being in schools, and gives ideas on how to continually work on innovation.
This course is for foreign language teachers who want to incorporate more creative teaching methods into their classrooms. Participants in this course learn about the communicative approach to teaching, integrated content and language learning, and task-based learning as well as authentic materials that cover all skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) in creative ways.
This course gives teachers ideas on how to hold more creative classes. Provides suggestions on how to incorporate comedy, board games, and games into lessons. It also strengthens the language and fluency of the participants so that they can teach in an international context.
Marketing has always been a major part of a business, promoting products and services and presenting ideas and values of a particular company. In this highly interactive modern world, schools often have to communicate their ideas, plans, efforts and even difficulties. Erasmus + projects should be recorded and promoted, should be shown to the general public and disseminated to different people. The experience of business digital marketing can certainly equip a modern education worker and school with valuable tools. This is exactly what this course does.
This course is about modern school management. The focus of the course is to compare school administration across Europe but also to give some new advice on how to be good at managing a school. Educational and economic management and human resource management are the main topics. The course will also show some new professional terms and help create new contacts with European colleagues.
Project category: professional development
Project objective: to develop 21st century skills in education
Project no.: 2017-1-HR01-KA104-035205
A New Era of Education: 21st Century Skills project is funded by EU funding under Erasmus Plus, Key Activity 1 - Professional Development for Adult Education professionals. Through this project, Jantar has provided financial resources to invest in various aspects of competencies with an emphasis on immeasurable skills such as communication skills, interpersonal skills, and leadership skills. The development of these skills is directly linked to the success of both the school and its students.
Our teachers and management staff who participate in this project work together to create a modern school in all aspects. Teachers take part in workshops focused on developing communication and practical skills in the classroom, conducting the learning and teaching process in a modern way, and creating a student-centred teaching approach. The ultimate goal of professional development is to support students in adopting communication, collaboration and interaction skills and to make the classrooms more dynamic and creative. Management staff participates in job shadowing activities, that is, observing the work of a larger institution with the exchange of experience and good practice.
The project, therefore, contributes to the development of key skills for the 21st century and the setting of challenging goals for the future.
This workshop focuses on the skill of designing and using classroom observation system to evaluate teacher performance and to provide quality and constructive feedback to teachers.
The aim of the course is to refresh teachers' knowledge of quality classroom management practices through reflection, observation, case studies and various other contemporary methods. The course covers topics such as solving the most common classroom problems, improving student motivation, giving clear instructions, developing a good relationship with students, and encouraging students to think about the learning process.
The course focuses on the 21st century skills area - research skills, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and interpersonal communication skills. These skills are indispensable to facing the challenges of a period of great global change, both for teachers and students. The course focuses on establishing these skills as part of teaching, as well as encouraging students to work on their own. The course also covers the topic of better integrating assessment tools into the learning process, analyzing one's own work, and encouraging critical thinking.
EOI Barcelona Drassanes is a large language school in Spain, which teaches 16 languages to adult learners. The institution has over 100 employees and over 9000 students.
Job Shadowing enables you to observe the management of such a large organization with the goal of gaining experience to improve the performance of our school. This visit is based on structured discussions with all the key staff of the institution - the administration, pedagogical coordinators, European project managers, director of studies and school administration.
Project category: professional development
Project objective: to develop skills necessary for inclusive education
Project no.: 2016-1-HR01-KA104-022014
The Inclusive School: a gateway to equal opportunity education is a project which involves creating a so-called inclusive school tailored to each student. In modern society, awareness of diversity is important, not only cultural or social, but emotional, physical, educational and linguistic.
As a private school, we are a logical choice for people seeking a more personal and individualized approach, and with this project and professional development we want to learn more about recognizing the wide range of diversity among students, adapting testing and evaluation to each, and involving each student into the learning process. By carefully selecting participants and seminars that expand and complement each other, we strengthen our teachers' capacities to create a school that will give every student an equal chance in education.
The course is intended for teachers to get to know the differences in their classrooms. From difficulties in acquiring teaching content, reading or writing disorders, to less noticeable differences in learning styles or talent. By taking a practical approach, the participants learn about different ways of involving the students themselves in the learning process.
By attending this course, teachers develop an understanding of the challenges that arise when teaching adults with dyslexia. The topics of the course are identifying the features of dyslexia, using different learning styles, recognizing discriminatory behavior, learning about EU dyslexic regulations.
The aim of the course is to broaden teachers 'knowledge of evaluating students' language skills and creating different tests, as well as to develop critical review skills across a range of test types, assessment processes and tests.
The course helps teachers to understand the wide diversity of everyone in the education system and in identifying students with learning disabilities. Teachers are trained to determine the individual needs of students, appropriate methods of evaluating knowledge, developing and designing individualized curricula more effectively.
Participants in this course are introduced to the latest innovative teaching methods to help them cope with the diversity of the classroom. Practical work involves creating your own activities to develop your communication skills, reading and writing. They are also introduced to different learning styles, different types of intelligence, and metacognition.
The aim of this course is to develop teachers' intercultural competence and to familiarize them with important concepts of dealing with differences in the classroom. The course covers strategies for successfully managing diversity and the benefits of a multicultural environment, linguistic diversity and intercultural communication.
Project category: professional development
Project objective: to develop modern teaching skills and approaches
Project no.: 2015-1-HR01-KA104-012982
As part of Key Activity 1 of the Erasmus + EU Program, in June 2015, the Jantar – Institute for Adult Education signed an agreement with the Agency for Mobility and EU Programmes to allocate funds for a project called "Into a world without language boundaries". The project title derives from the our school’s motto, which signifies our desire to contribute to our community and society in general through the provision of quality language education. The aim of this project is to strengthen our capacities through the additional education of our teachers in the field of language methodology and the use of modern technologies and cultural elements in teaching.
With the latest knowledge of methodological approaches, the project enables us to broaden our perspectives in the field of adapting to international quality standards as well as managing European projects. In addition, the benefit of the project comes from visiting different European countries as well as through contacts with teachers and other employees of similar European institutions.
Over the two years of the project, our employees will participate in nine structured courses. Through the courses of selected partners, Jantar staff will have the opportunity to adopt the latest teaching methods and ideas, and to make contacts that can lead to future projects. Participants will share their experience with other employees through a series of useful and creative workshops that we organize at Jantar School.
This course will help English teachers realize the importance of incorporating elements of culture into foreign language teaching, and adopt methods that incorporate realia into their curricula. Through learning about Irish culture, teachers get ideas for working with materials such as movies, short stories, and conversations with native speakers. Emphasis is placed on problem-based teaching and task-based learning methods in which students become better learners and speakers of a foreign language through independent research.
The aim of this course is to make teachers aware of the opportunities and benefits of using information technology in teaching. In two weeks, teachers are introduced to a range of electronic tools that can be used in all segments of teaching, for example, to help students become independent, to monitor students' work and progress, to motivate students, to adapt teaching to different learning styles and the like.
The aim of the workshop is to train language teachers to produce and adapt audiovisual materials (photographs, video and audio, documentaries, etc.) for use in teaching. The use of audiovisual materials is becoming an increasingly used method of conveying clear messages and knowledge. This method also allows students to actively participate in the production of materials, which in itself increases their participation in teaching processes.
This two-week course focuses on foreign language teaching methodology. Using a practical approach teachers will receive a handful of useful materials, ideas for activities and tips for a positive classroom atmosphere. Emphasis is placed on the importance and organization of pair work and group work, delegating responsibility to the students themselves and achieving a student-centered teaching where the teacher is primarily a guide and support.
The aim of the course is to train teachers about appropriate and useful ways to correct mistakes in teaching foreign languages. The emphasis is on a positive view of the mistakes that, as a manifestation of the student's inter-lingual language, tell us about students' progress and the process of language acquisition itself. Depending on whether the teacher corrects written text or social interaction, there is a good and useful way of error correction in every situation.
This course consists of an intensive German language course for teachers in the first week, and a methodological part in the second. The emphasis of the course is on topics such as communicative approach to learning, cooperative learning, communicative approach to grammar and the use of music in teaching. Working together is a prerequisite for success in teaching, as is a positive school environment, and teachers will receive practical advice and ideas for achieving them.
This course focuses on the planning and implementation of European projects. It will provide participants with a deeper understanding of European education policy and related projects, as well as practical advice on how to write project proposals as well as their administration and management. Participants will also get ideas for finding partners and possible networking with other organizations in Europe, as well as working together on projects.
The aim of this course is to refresh the methodological knowledge of teachers in order to achieve better results in teaching English. The course covers a number of topics such as teaching grammar and vocabulary, correcting common mistakes, developing four basic skills, planning and implementing activities, developing a positive work atmosphere, and the like. In addition, teachers develop their ability to select, design, and evaluate materials for specific contexts.
Participants in this course gain a deeper understanding of European quality assurance policies in education, as well as knowledge of how to apply frameworks to their own organization. The course also provides ideas for developing evaluation methods and tools, raising awareness of appropriate evaluation methods, analyzing results and using them.
In September 2014, a project called "Innovative School - Knowledge at Your Fingertips" was submitted to the competition "Application of Information and Communication Technology to Improve Business Processes". The implementation of the project started in March 2015 and the project was completed in June 2016. The aim of the project was to improve school management by introducing holistic ICT solutions and developing innovative education by introducing e-learning and distance learning. The implementation of the project enabled the unification and optimization of all business processes, improving the organization and management of the business, enhancing the capacity of employees, modernizing existing services, developing new educational programs and improving the technological basis of business.
The total contracted value of the project is HRK 628,712.50, of which the share of EU funding from the European Regional Development Fund is HRK 340,347.00. With the realization of the project, Jantar became the only foreign language school in the Split-Dalmatia County, and one of the few in Croatia, with implemented electronic register and LMS (Learning Management System) teaching support.
Innovation in the teaching process has increased the quality of teaching, provided students with the use of interactive multimedia materials for additional learning, improved communication of students and teaching staff, facilitated the exchange of knowledge and ensured the availability of educational services to target groups who, due to lack of educational institutions or for personal reasons, could not to attend regular classes.
Jantar entered the project due to the lack of software solutions for computerization of private schools and institutions. Thanks to the European funds and the expertise of young Split programmers, we have created a complete information system that prides itself on its functionality and quality of the developed software solutions. These funds helped us finance the purchase of IT equipment for the modernization of teaching processes, the use of interactive educational materials, the education of teachers in the use of new technologies, and most importantly - the development of the software solution itself.