Social Mindedness in Learning community
The Lifelong Learning Programme project SMILEY – Social Mindedness In LEarning community was launched in January 2011, led by the University of Catania and supported by the partner P.M.F. Research, which was responsible for whole dissemination and exploitation of the project.
The aim of SMILEY was to implement awareness‐raising programs in schools realizing the specific courses facing the most current social topics. The methodology developed within the project was implemented in all schools and educational institutes in EU and other Associated Countries and the direct benefit and impact focused on educational staff and students.
Considering these elements, SMILEY improved 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 helped 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 were entertained, while learning, through short animations and interactive games which aimed to attract their interest. Moreover research and tools created have been of great use for further studies and a help to work against social problems faced in many schools on a daily basis.
P.M.F. Research supported coordinator in development of the project and, according to its experience in previous projects, was leader of Dissemination and Exploitation work packages. Further, it was involved in set up of ICT tools from project management and also evaluation of questionnaires.