arrival of participants, accommodation
welcome to the school
The day started like another Monday. After breakfast in our host families we went to school which starts at quarter to nine. After we came to school, put our clothes to cases and went through the whole school to a concert hall. At the first sight the school looks much smaller than it actually is. After we took a seats came the headmaster of the school and the teachers who were connected to the project. After a headmaster’s speech there were two performances of the school choir and also dance group like show of their folklore that were really impressive.
lecture from State Information System Authority, Ilmar Toom
After warm welcome to the school, there was a lecture from state information system authority. The lecture was about: how we should protect ourselves of hackers and systems that can damage our data. Use strong password, at least 8 symbols with combination of upper case and lower case and some random symbol, for example „?“ and so on. We should always think about things that we post on social sites, because we never know when someone can use them against us. There are thousands of attacks every second in the world and fortunately there are people who are trying to catch these hackers and stop them. Interesting information is that even your USB data can be damaged when you conect your USB with infected computer. When you receive strange e-mail from someone and there is written that you have to click on some link, don’t click, if you don’t know what is it, only open the e-mail can be dangerous so be careful what you open and where you click. Almost everything can be infected so keep your eyes on all the time!
After the lecture we had icebreaking activities. It was our first day in Estonia so we haven’t known each other at all. That is why Estonian girls prepared many games which purpose was to get to know each other.
First we were in a circle and we were trying to remember each other names. That was kind of funny because we found out that many of us are terrible in remembering names and because we are from five different countries, sometimes we had problems to even pronounce the name correctly. After that we were devided into pairs and we were given interesting topics to talk about. For example: “Do you believe in aliens? or Have you ever been in love?”
At the beginning of these activities we were completly strangers but at the end we were a little bit closer and at this point, some of us has started many long -term friendships.
After lunch was time for Erasmus feast. We prepared our typical food on our tables and set up our flags. Everyone had chance to try our cakes, drinks, sweets or chocolates. In a few minutes came Estonian students and started tasting. We also tasted foreign food. I hope everyone enjoyed tasting and found something, what is missing in their country.
welcome dinner to all the participants in Palmse Tavern
In the evening we went by bus to tavern near by the national park. There we tasted typical Estonian food- pork with potatos. After diner came folklor group which swohed us Estonian social life in the past. We also tried dance and sing with them. Estonian dance is something between dance and game so we enjoyed it, however we can´t dance.
We first arrived at Kadrina’s school at 8.45 am. There, some students from Estonia made us a school tour where we were divided into 4 groups of students and 1 of teachers.
presenting „Our schools, regions and countries“
When we finished the tour, we started our presentations of our country, were each country showed us where they live and its traditions and they talked us about their school.
bus tour – Lahemaa National Park (Sagadi Adventure Programme, Altja, …)
When we finished the presentations we took a bus to Lahemaa National park, once we were there, we started the Sagadi adventure programme that consisted on doing different activities in mixed groups, students from different countries. Then, we went to have lunch at O-korts Vosu. We really enjoyed the meal, everything was delicious. When we finished having lunch we went to see the iced Baltic sea, it was amazing.
Later, the bus took us to visit Altja, Käsmu, Vihula and Palmse, where we visited some small and charming fishing towns. We took some amazing photos of the sunset at the top of the peninsula in Käsmu and we saw swans swimming in the icy Baltic sea, it was awesome. After taking a walk through the snow, the bus took us back to Kadrina after a long and fun day.
presenting „Avoid the threat“
First thing in the morning students from different countries presented a topic connected to avoiding threat on the Internet. Firstly, Czech students talked about spoofing. Spoofing is often used as part of an attempt to trick someone into giving away valuable personal information so it can be used in fraudulent activity or sold illegally, but also can be used legitimately, for example, to display the toll-free number for a business. Secondly, Slovenian students talked about pretexting. Pretexting is a form of social engineering in which an individual lies to obtain privileged data. A pretext is a false motive. Pretexting often involves a scam where the liar pretends to need information in order to confirm the identity of the person he is talking to. Next Spanish students presented phishing and pharming. Phishing means when you receive a fake e-mail or enter an abusive internet site which gains your personal data illegally and then uses it for their own needs. With pharming hackers get your personal information when you enter an unsafe site and download some kind of contain. After that Estonian pupils informed us about spamming. It means sending advertisements by email to people who do not want to receive them. And last but not least, the Portuguese presented malware. It is software that is specifically designed to disrupt, damage, or gain unauthorized access to a computer system. All of presenters also taught us how to prevent any of those threats.
lecture – Kalev Pihl – Internet safety
Mr. Phil was talking how is technology slowly overgrowing us losing its primal purpose. Nowadays it is losing its educational purpose and gaining on the entertainable aspect. It has also influenced today’s youth. We as teenagers are capable of doing two things at once as a result of technology (for ex. looking at a speaking person while texting another). Step by step we are all losing our own identities.
lecture – Maarja Punak – Estonian police, web constable
Miss Punak was an internet police officer and talked us through her normal day at her job. An internet police officer is a middle ground between a normal internet user and police. He/she checks the social media for inappropriate posts and then tries to take them down. If that is not possible, he/she than informs the police about it. She told us about her most absurd cases with children which are mainly cause by their ignorance.
meeting the Mayor
After lunch at school’s cafeteria, we headed towards the town hall. There we received a warm welcome by a mayor, miss Kairit Pihlak . She then presented the Kadrina Parish, a rural municipality in Lääne-Viru County, and told us about the plans for the future. After her presentation, students and teachers gave her some gifts from their countries and thanked her for hospitality.
tour – Rakvere Castle
With bus we left Kadrina and went to Rakvere Castle. Out guide took as to a torture chamber and gave us a brief history lesson about torturing in the Dark Ages. After that we went to a scary labyrinth and up the stairs to a hall where we learnt something about the swords and sabres. We could handle them and weigh them. We walked to the alchemy chamber next where we were taught how to make gunpowder and then made some ourselves. We tested it and light up a canon in the atrium behind the castle. In the atrium we had archery and a real snow fight. After our tour at the castle we descended to the Rakvere town and enjoyed diner with our hosts.
Tallinn – Estonia’s capital city (Parliament, photohunt, …)
On Thursday we had a trip to Tallinn – the capital city of Estonia. But as it was also Valentine’s Day, we already got some Valentine sweets on the bus. As soon as we had arrived in Tallinn, we made a stop at the Song Festival Grounds. This is the place where the famous Estonian Song Festivals take place every four years with 30,000 singers in one choir! But at wintertime it was also a perfect place for a long sledge ride. The bus drove us through the city and we heard some information about Estonia’s history. Our first stop was Toompea Castle – the seat of the Estonian Parliament. We were welcomed by Marko Pomerants, an MP and a former minister. He showed us around and took us also to Tall Hermann tower, where we had a fabulous view of the city. Later he introduced us the work of the Parliament and we took some photos in the big hall.
To get acquainted with the highlights of Tallinn the Estonian students had prepared a photo hunt in international teams. We all got a list of sights and we had to find them in the city and take photos there. It was a lot of fun and we learnt a lot at the same time.
Later we had some free time in Tallinn and some people even went to an outdoor ice rink. Then the bus drove us back to our sweet homes.
workshop „Way to be safe“
dictionary „International Internet words“
presenting „Cyberbullying, cyberstalking, happy slapping, sexting, cybergrooming“, part 2