Networked European School Radio (NEStOR)
Project Identity – Key Action 2: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices- strategic partnerships for school education – Invitation 2016 | 2016-1-EL01-KA201-023575, 2016-18
The aim of the NEStOR project is to create a Web Radio across Europe which is flexible, multilingual, modern and attractive educational medium for Schools. It will provide a safe and user friendly environment even for students with special educational needs such as visual impaired; it will be enriched with interdisciplinary teaching materials for school education at a European level; it will be integrated in modern educational requirements. The project will provide the educational community with the necessary tools for the cultivation of communication skills, participation of every European learner to a public radio program and the exchange and dissemination of cultural elements through the Web Radio.
The NEStOR project will highlight the European dimension of the existing European School Radio η http://europeanschoolradio.eu which has been operating in Greece with great success.
Why web radio?
The Radio passed easily into the digital age by maintaining the educational and pedagogical value. The radio links reality with imagination: “At the very time the actuality occurs, thought and imagination are called to capture it.” Internet Web radio allows both cooperation and two-way communication through networking offerings and “social networks”. Furthermore emphasizes the spoken word, and students arrive much easier than other media to become “content providers” for the Internet media and of course the social networks.
The direct target groups are the following:
- Students (primary and secondary education – from public and private schools) and
- Educators (teachers of primary and secondary schools)
Through the web radio students and teachers see the school as a participatory space for self-expression and creativity and can also lead towards:
- Establishing a positive, creative and challenging climate for students in the school environment for motivating activities integrated in the school intra and extra curriculum context; educators will be enabled to work as their guides towards the creation of cultural products.
- Exposure to Media Literacy, since students get the role of Information Providers and consumers with highly critical minds.
- Promotes oral, writing and research skills for audio/ radio production, use of foreign languages, communication, negotiating and debating skills as well as culture, music and arts and the involvement of students in technical processes as well.
- Familiarizing students and teachers with ICT and audio-visual productions in a protected environment, providing tools for learning through entertainment.
- Networking, within and among schools providing a model for collaborative learning and teamwork
- Increasing tolerance to different cultures and countries through the collaboration of students from different cultural backgrounds.
It is a ‘learning community’ because it
• inspires various kind of learning and recreational activities around a web radio
• promotes collaboration especially between students and students and educators
• makes schools come closer among them but also with the local and wider community
• develops of critical thinking and speech, democratic ideals
• provides students with personal development and also vocational prospects around the use of media, radio professions, journalism, sound engineering and other.
“Through the Internet Radio, the school becomes a participatory space for self-expression and creativity”