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School that wants to be significant must provide students the best tools, thinks Luis Fernandes from Portugal

We are heading to the south of Europe. In Ponte de Lima, a small town in the Northern Portugal, there is the Freixo School Cluster. It’s one of the first schools that started cooperating with Corinth Classroom whose models are now available on Lifeliqe.

Freixo School Cluster (Agrupamento de Escolas de Freixo) is a progressive school that emphasizes modern approach towards education. Their teachers train other educators and Freixo school leader Luis Fernandes inspires teachers worldwide to work with ICT in education.

“A school that wants to be significant to students must provide them with the best and updated pedagogical and technological tools available. Looking for those tools is the role of teachers and also school leaders in partnership with key players from industry,” explains Luis Fernandes why they started using Corinth models that are now available on Lifeliqe.

Anticipate the Future

The Freixo School Cluster has a motto that says We Anticipate the Future. That’s why the institution is always searching for innovation to motivate students and teachers and to improve learning methods.

According to Luis, the three essential 21st-century skills are collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving and Lifeliqe is helpful when it comes to these skills.

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Creative Approach Towards the Human Anatomy

How does Freixo School Cluster use models within the Portuguese curricula? In a biology lesson focused on human anatomy, teacher Lídia Mendes decided to use Corinth model of the human heart and compare it with reality, even though they used an animal heart for the comparison.

Lídia assigned her students to dissect a real, pig heart. Students had to use scalpels and microscope to examine the heart profoundly, and then they compared the learnings with Corinth model of the human heart.

“It is fascinating how easily students can learn about the structure of the heart from the inside out thanks to the Corinth models. It is so clear to them that during the pig’s heart class they already knew the structure and knew where to look for particular parts,” describes Lídia.

Lídia assigned her students to dissect a real, pig heart.

Lídia assigned her students to dissect a real, pig heart.

Lifeliqe helps to understand

It’s not just teachers who see the positive impact of Corinth models in the class. Students share Lídia’s enthusiasm:

“It was very good. We saw many parts of the heart structure in 3D. It was a great and productive class,” says 9-th grades Gabriel, one of the students that worked with the application.

And Gabriel is not the only one: “It was very useful to see the heart from many different angles. It was much better for us to understand the heart structure,” adds Diana, Gabriel’s classmate.

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Getting illustrative with PowerPoint and Keynote integration

Lídia Mendes also prepared a presentation and illustrated it with Corinth models. With Lifeliqe, it’s very simple. You just tap on the “Share” button in the app and choose if you want to send the picture to PowerPoint or Keynote.

“It is much easier for them to compare a 3D image with real heart. With book images it is harder,” explains Lídia why she prefers Corinth models that are now available on Lifeliqe to pictures in textbooks.

Now, with Lifeliqe Creator, the possibilities are even better. You can prepare a presentation, save it as a pdf file, upload it to Lifeliqe and create engaging, illustrative slides right in the app, with animated models, that completes the verbal information or lectures.
As always, there is a lesson plan in Lifeliqe Creator based on Lídia’s learning project.