“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” African proverb
Creative Lion is a media focused Erasmus+ project funded by the European Union. The central objective of the project is to stimulate and raise questions about learning for both students and teachers. The project involves five media schools from five European countries.
The Creative Lion project was first conceived in 2013 when media teachers from Sweden and Italy met in Italy to discuss how to combine media and international exchange. During this meeting, the teachers came up with the idea of creating a multinational website where the students publish different kinds of media productions. The teachers wanted it to be a pedagogical tool and address questions about learning, media and communication. They also wanted to include teacher training in the project.
After the meeting in Italy, several European schools showed interest in Creative Lion. Eventually, there were five schools from five countries involved in the project: Czech Republic, Italy, Slovakia, Sweden and Turkey. All the participating schools shared a vision of a multinational website which would stimulate and inspire both students and teachers.
In August 2014, the Creative Lion project was approved and granted a budget of over 110.000 Euros.
Creative Lion Website
The span of the project is three years and during these years the students will publish material on the Creative Lion website (www.creative-lion.com). One main section of the site is “Tutorials”, where the students make instructional videos and teach each other about different kinds of media production, like photography and film editing. Another important section of the site is “Teacher Education”, where the teachers discuss and share innovative teaching methods and experiences with each other.
In November 2014, the partner schools had their first teachers meeting in Karlstad, Sweden. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the implementation of the project. In April 2015, the first Creative Lion meeting open for students will take place in Antalya, Turkey. Since the project is funded by the European Union, all student expenses are covered (travel, accommodation and food). Until 2017, there will be another four travels open for students.
Creative Lion Objectives
Media Literacy. We want to develop our students’ abilities to communicate media messages in a wide variety of formats.
Language Proficiency. We want our students to become better at communicating in English and other European languages.
Intercultural Understanding. We want our students to understand and appreciate their own as well as other cultures.
Metacognition. We want our students to gain a better understanding on how they learn and how to improve their learning.
Learner Autonomy. We want to help our students to take charge of their own learning and to stimulate entrepreneurship.
Learn to Teach. We want our students to improve their media skills by teaching other students about media.
Teacher Education. We want our teachers to learn new teaching methods, especially innovative methods involving ICT.
Lifelong Learning Perspective
We believe our students will benefit from this project from a lifelong learning perspective. They will develop their communicative skills and they will be able take charge of their own learning, both today and in the future. Ultimately, their increased appreciation of their own as well as other cultures will help them become active, open-minded citizens of the European Union in the 21st Century.