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Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Once the first announcement was made about the materialization of an Erasmus+ program, a special department was created which designed an entire program. This was done after researching for suitable partners, analyzing the educators’ needs in a seminar, administering questionnaires and interviewing staff and management. The aim of this program is to enhance the faculty’s professional skills in the educational process. Its targets are the acquisition of knowledge in tablet use in the general teaching process, and more specifically in the teaching of the English language and natural sciences. Other aims are the applications of innovative education methods such as exploratory or cooperative learning, the production of digital teaching materials and the management of an integrated learning environment (LMS). Finally, the ultimate goal is the faculty’s integration into the general climate of the school that will lead to a situation of constant upgrading, cooperation with other schools and involvement in European educative events. Activities included training 9 educators in various European countries, as the specific skills and knowledge are not provided in Greece. The participating educators are relatively more highly skilled and have an excellent command of English. They were chosen proportionally, according to rank and specialization. The entire procedure (selecting partners and participants, accounts management, surveying the course, assessment and distribution of results) was conducted by a specialized department of the school, which was staffed specifically for this purpose. Eight teachers took part in the organized training workshops provided by the educational organization Euneos in various European cities. Four teachers took part in general lessons, three in STEM lessons and one in teaching English. Also, one teacher took part in an on-the-spot work observation program in elementary and high schools in Great Britain that was organized by Hull University and concerned using tablets in class, but also the issues involved in managing such an approach (pedagogy, technology, financing, safety, parents etc.). As a pilot project, the skills acquired by the participants in these seminars are being used in class and a plan is in place for further development in the following years. For this reason, in-school training seminars are in effect for the remaining teachers in the school; in this way all teachers can integrate and apply their newly acquired skills and techniques. In the meantime, teacher-training programs are being designed for Greek Lasallian schools as well as for a general diffusion of ideas into the educational world by organizing open workshops and participating in training conventions. The expected short-term result is an improvement in the quality of teaching by integrating tablets into the classroom. In the long-term, the expectations are that a culture will be created characterized by the training of staff under a European framework, the integration of new portable learning technology, as well as the development of European cooperation. The materialization of this design rigorously followed the initial plan, and after an initial assessment was deemed to be a complete success as far as procedure, financial management and expected results are concerned. Within the next years, and after the application process of these methods has been completed, there will be a detailed evaluation of the project, in correspondence with its intended goals.
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