We are in the final stretch now for finishing the meeting rounds of this project. The third of four meetings was held here in Poli from November 13 to 18. Team Hungary was in charge of organizing and running this meeting and was headed by Arnold Éva with support from Kelemen Hajna and yours truly.
We hosted guests from the four other participating countries, namely: Spain, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Germany. As we all know each other from our previous meetings we were able to get to work bright and early the first morning to discuss achievements reached thus far and set goals for the future.
Those teams that had by then held video conferences gave reports on their experiences. In brief, it seems this video conference system of teaching has far more pros than cons. However, there is one key concept that must be kept in mind; video conferencing is a tool, like a photocopier, text book or digital smart board. It will not teach for you, but it can help you teach lessons to students far away, or for you to hold your classes when you are out of town for whatever reason. This was proven when Bjorn, head of the Dutch team, held one of his lessons in Den Hague from here in Budapest!
Of course there are a few drawbacks, mostly technical, ie. you must always have contingency plans in case there are Net problems and you cannot rely on video conferencing only, for, as stated above it is merely a tool, a very powerful one, but just a tool nonetheless.
During this conference we managed to meet our goals of creating curriculum to be taught in the remaining modules. This means that we now have four complete modules, course materials and all to teach in the near future.
Germany and Hungary will be running one of these modules as will Luxembourg and Hungary. In the next edition of Poligraf I will provide reports on our progress in these modules.
Bjorn also made arrangements to teach a lesson on Dutch contemporary society to Arnold Éáva’s Gamma-Non Stop class and Katharina, from Team Germany will be holding a video conference with HaRibó some time before the Christmas break.
At the closing meeting dates were set for the fourth and final meeting of four in spring, 2010 in Den Hague, the Netherlands.
As the old saying goes, “all work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy” we had several cultural days, sessions to entertain and educate our guests.
These ranged from dinners and lunches at several restaurants, walks along Andrássy, Váci utca, the Castle District, Rudás Spa, the main covered market (Vásárcsárnok) a going away party hosted by Arnold Éva and her husband András and of course several very Hungarian tid bits: turórudi, lángos and last, but by far not least, pálinka.