Collaborative tools to connect School and Landscape
Edulands learning experience

A piece of sun

Cuatro Naranjos Murcia Active School
Itziar Quintana Astondoa
Cuatro Naranjos Murcia Active School, C. Alcalde Gaspar de La Peña, 27, 30009 Murcia. España
Kika Pagán Massotti
Cuatro Naranjos Murcia Active School, C. Alcalde Gaspar de La Peña, 27, 30009 Murcia. España

This project has focused on establishing relationships with the landscape, tradition, and culture. To achieve this, it has created a learning network with sustainable projects in the area. The network has been established in a map format, where students can visibly see all the connections created, including their own educational center. The experiences gained during each of the visits to local projects have served as inspiration for the creation of working tools in which solar light and its sustainable energy are the foundation.

Learning objetives and goals

  • Establish relationships with the environment, tradition, and culture.
  • Reflect on the concepts of sustainability and landscape.
  • Learn about sustainable projects in the surroundings.
  • Use solar light as a source of energy.
  • Collaborate in the creation of a solar dryer with plants and vegetables.
  • Learn how to cook in a solar kitchen.
Topics related to landscape and transition

Learning experience data sheet

1st to 6th grade
Age range of students
6 – 12 years old
Number of students
Approximately 90 students
Number of groups/classes
6 classes from 1st to 6th grade
Number of sessions needed to develop in the experience
8 sessions
Total time invested in the experience
Approximately 10 hours
Type of community involved


Study area

The project has the educational center as its strategic foundation and extends from there to other spaces and collectives, thereby creating networks of work and learning that serve as a reference both to the school and the collectives it engages with.

This educational experience is related to the three historical periods. The past is related to all the historical and cultural heritage of the orchard, bringing to the present all the activities that are put into practice through sustainability, thus thinking about the future of the planet.

Pedagogical methodology

Considering that the educational center is classified as an active space, experimental, experiential, and meaningful learning is present in all the activities that are carried out.

Furthermore, this project has broadened the perspective to foster greater awareness of generating collaborative learning, as collaborative networks have been established both among students themselves and with different local collectives and experts.

Type of collaborative experience

Collaborative learning has stemmed from the dissemination and awareness-raising experiences by connecting students with different collectives and also by generating a cartography or mapping.

With these learnings, a second phase of action was created through proposals for change and creative, constructive actions. An example of this second phase is the increased awareness of the importance of solar energy with the construction of plant and vegetable dryers and the solar kitchen.

Type of collaborative action
Space where the experience is carried out
  1. Visit to Huerto Lab (Santa Eulalia Neighborhood, Murcia)
  2. Visit to the Murcian Seed Network (Huerta, Murcia)
  3. Solar cooking workshop (La Arboleja, Murcia)
  4. Visit and chestnut workshop with neighbor María (La Arboleja, Murcia)
  5. Construction of aromatic plant dryer (School’s common art room)
  6. Construction of fruit and vegetable dryer (School’s common art room)
  7. Food cooking experimentation using a solar kitchen (School’s common art room)
Where the learning experience has been developed
Educational materials and/or resources needed

Human Resources:

Contacts for creating networks.


Material Resources:

Construction materials (wood, fabrics…) for creating drying tools.

Solar cooker and food for it.


Initial or pre-assessment

At Cuatro Naranjos Murcia Active School, we use the Transparent Classroom tool to assess and monitor all teaching and learning processes. This online platform allows us to create and organize assessment criteria and share them with families in a very simple and daily manner.

Considering one of the fundamental pillars of the school, which is respect for individual rhythms, this tool allows evaluation following a gradual scale of content acquisition. It enables you to classify the content as:

Initiated: This option is marked when the content is introduced to the students.

Formative evaluation

In progress: This option is used when the content is being developed.

Final evaluation

Achieved: This option is marked when the content has been achieved.

Outstanding: This option is reserved for those students whose attitude or aptitude stands out.

Supplementary materials

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EDULANDS is a 2-year strategic partnership, supported by the European Union. 2021-2023.