“ESEMES – Educational Software and E-learning in Mathematics for European Students” is a multidisciplinary project, in which students use different math freeware in solving applied math problems together and compare their findings. Using freeware allowed more students and teachers in each school to take part in the project. An e-learning platform “Its learning” has been used to collaborate across borders through English. The project has been a part of normal lessons. It helped and challenged mathematics students to improve their knowledge in mathemathics whilst also preparing them for further studies in third level education.
A number of planning meetings took place involving only teachers. The other meetings, involving students and teachers, were used for further training and exchange of ideas on how to use the different softwares. Teachers brought several students to visit other project partners during the project. The aim of these visits was to work together and present their findings to each other. Students were accommodated in host families.
The public profile of the participating schools in their local community was enhanced as a result of their participation in the project. The exchange of views among the participants was not only limited to a professional level but also gave rise to the possibility of all participants getting to know others school systems and cultures. Communication has been via regular meetings and through the internet.
At the end of the project students and teachers have improved their ICT skills, worked in international pairings and improved their proficiency in the common language of the project. They also saw that mathemathics is included in other subjects and is a very useful tool. Participants gained insight into different cultures and developed teamwork skills and fostered a sense of responsibility to others. The project lasted for two years (2013-2015).