The “Students’ Navigator” is an intuitive mobile application which can be used from any computer, smartphone or tablet. It accompanies the students throughout their stay abroad and helps them to reflect on the experiences they had.
Target groups of the Students’ Navigator are students which need advancement of emotional and social development, vocational learning, intellectual development, language abilities, employability and detection of individual (hidden) competences.
Target group & personalized learning
Goals of the application
Orientation & learning is focussing on cultural, personal and vocational aspects. Thus, the goals of the application are that
- students document their experiences
- teachers and trainers accompany the internship (prepare, implement and reflect together with their students)
- mentors and their students are communicating during the whole process. They exchange their experiences and give feedback (trainer - teacher – mentor - student)
- students create outcome for further learning and convey knowledge
- students can work on their motivation
Some of our trainees completed a work experience in other European countries. The "myVETmo" app supports young people in internships abroad. In addition, the app is intended to promote and facilitate occupational mobility within Europe.
The use of the Students’ Navigator
The application allows teachers to create student-accounts and internship-accounts for companies to which the students can be assigned to. One teacher can accompany several students at the same time. The included calendar allows the teacher as well as the students and the corresponding company to keep an overview of all the tasks and appointments. All tasks can be predefined in task catalogues (work experience) and motivation/orientation/skills, which the teacher then can use as templates when creating a task.
Once a task has been assigned to an internship, the corresponding student(s) will receive a push notification by their email application informing them about the task. The calendar on both the students’ and teacher’s side will automatically update.
The task will appear on the students‘ wall and they can complete it by fulfilling the task requirement, for example uploading a picture, video or a written text. Once a task has been completed the teacher will be informed.
The SN application includes further important tools which will help the students during their stay abroad. A directory with the most important contacts, which both the pupil and the teacher have access to, will allow him/her to quickly contact the right person. As a way of becoming more independent and not contacting the teacher or other contact persons directly with every problem occurring, the application includes a Wiki which can also be used as a school Wiki if needed.
A further important tool is the satisfaction indication which the students can use to tell their teachers how they are feeling. In an extreme situation the pupil can use a panic button which, like the satisfaction indication, is located at the top of the student’s wall. It will notify the teacher and the emergency contacts directly via push notification that the student does not feel well or that something is wrong.
Both the satisfaction indication and the panic button serve as a communication tool for the students to their teacher and contact person. Additionally, the SN application gives students the possibility to receive and give feedback during their stay abroad, convey the knowledge and skills they have gained and how they have adapted to the new situation by posting on their wall.
The SN divides the process of inclusive mobility into three phases: “Preparation”, “Realization” and “Following Up”. In each of these phases different tasks are crucial for the student which can be chosen from the predefined Task Catalogue. The following picture shows what steps need to be taken in each phase.
Some of our trainees completed a month of training in other European countries while testing the app. Read more about the experiences of the test users with the Students Navigator.
Depending on the kind of student and the phase they are currently in, different tasks need to be done. The tasks themselves are structured into the three categories “Cultural”, “Personal” and “Vocational”. Each of these categories gains different weight in each of the phases. The application offers a variety of tools with which the tasks can be completed, like uploading written texts, pictures, videos, voice messages or locations. The three times three matrix and the tools for completing a task allow for tailor made tasks for each student.