Social Mindedness in Learning community
The aim of SMILEY is to implement awareness‐raising programs in schools realizing the specific courses facing the most current social topics. The methodology developed within the project is implemented in all schools and educational institutes in EU and other Associated Countries and the direct benefit and impact focuses on educational staff and students.
Considering these elements, SMILEY improves the social mindedness and solidarity with a horizontal bottom‐up approach improving students’ competences in ICT and promoting a common European feeling upon these crucial issues. In fact, despite the fact that the EU incessantly promotes values as dignity, equality and solidarity, every day one of these rights is violated and this is clearly worrying.
Therefore, this bottom‐up approach helps teachers to deal with social problem issues, such as bullying and to face possible students’ violent attitudes through enjoyable online ERPG (Edu Role‐playing Game) developed according to the pupils’ social awareness. In this scenario students are entertained, while learning, through short animations and interactive games which aim to attract their interest. Moreover research and tools created are of great use for further studies and a help to work against social problems faced in many schools on a daily basis.
PMF Research supports the coordinator in the development of the project and, according to its experience in previous projects, is leader of Dissemination and Exploitation work packages. Further, it is involved in the set up of ICT tools from project management and also evaluation of questionnaires.