Our Lab is constantly used throughout the whole year, but the work that is conducted here is planned in advance . We have 36 classes in our school. Each class chooses themes to investigate, as long as they are pertinent to the aims of the Educational Project of our school.
There's a calendar of the Lab, and each class will have the lab for itself two to three times a year, in non-consecutive dates. On each date, the particular class gathers there and forms groups of 3 to 4 students. Each group has to work on a sub-project within the larger project. Each group has to do a research about the project theme and prepare some kind of presentation which can be plainly oral, a video, a podcast, PowerPoint, etc. In the end, all groups must present their projects to their classmates.
Our lab is equipped with a computer for each student and a Wi-Fi connection. The room is divided in two sections. The first section has round tables suitable for working in groups. The second section has an auditorium setup with chairs for an audience and a stage with a huge Android screen that is used to support the presentations.
During the whole day that each class spends in our Lab, different teachers accompany them, one at a time, to give assistance, offer guidance and ensure a good working environment.
As soon as all 36 classes have taken turns to spend one day in Lab, they all start taking turns again. The main purpose is to develop our students' abilities to investigate, to work in a group and to present and defend ideas to a large audience.
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