Προωθώντας το τρίπτυχο “Καινοτομία, έρευνα και πει..
Προωθώντας το τρίπτυχο “Καινοτομία, έρευνα και πειραματική εφαρμογή με χρήση ψηφιακών εργαλείων” στο Πειραματικό Γυμνάσιο: η Ευρωπαϊκή Διάσταση της Εκπαίδευσης
Start date: Jun 1, 2015,
End date: May 31, 2017
The 1st Model Experimental High School of Thessaloniki (henceforth 1st MEHST) proposes a European mobility project based on the triptych ‘innovation, research and experimental application with the use of digital tools’.
The school, located and operating in the centre of Thessaloniki, has 20 teachers and relatively adequate infrastructure. The students were selected by way of both draw and entrance examinations. Moreover, the 1st MEHST is staffed with adequately trained personnel engaged in the support of innovation using ICT, the promotion of research and experimental application of curricula, teaching methods, innovative practices, European programmes and assessment of school administration models.
Therefore, the members of the teaching staff need creative exposure to a multitude of European educational settings in order to practically experience innovation, transfer and implant it into the Greek school environment.
The present plan involves the participation of 10 teachers of the 1st MEHST in 10 European mobility actions. Five (5) of these actions concern the use of ICT (Portugal, Belgium, Spain, Ireland and Norway), 2 constitute structured visits to model European schools in Finland and Iceland while the remaining 3 are related to the teaching of French as a foreign language (France), the connection between museum and science within the framework of interactive learning (Italy) and the importance of sustainable development as the main strategy of UNESCO (United Kingdom).
The selected European partnerships constitute a complete plan aiming at:
(1) the enhancement of the teachers’ digital literacy through the application of ICT as major knowledge, communication and cooperation tools
(2) the promotion of cooperation between the school and the museum within the framework of scientific literacy and inquiry-based learning (coupling between formal and informal education)
(3) highlighting the added value of collaborative learning based on project implementation
(4) the enhancement of learning through practical ideas which will activate student motivation (interactive teaching and educational games)
(5) the experiential approach of European diversity and sustainability as an educational strategy
(6) the development of linguistic, communicative and intercultural skills on the part of the teachers and students alike and
(7) the teachers’ familiarisation with novel school administration structures, curricula implementation and new teaching methods in the framework of structured visits to European schools.
The benefits of the teachers’ exposure to European environments will be multiple, as a) authentic teaching and training material will be produced, making use of digital tools and cutting edge innovations in a multicultural environment, b) the teachers will be introduced to a system of ideas of different cultures in the European community, c) the European dimension of the school will be enhanced through the exchange of good practices, the free access to resources, the constructive interaction with European partners, the participation in learning and practice networks and communities, the formation of future partnerships (e-twinning, school partnerships) and the stimulation of the property of co-belonging in Europe and d) the school will be open to the local community.
The plan’s viability and its impact will be visible in all reference groups in the school community. Participants will develop personal skills and gain European experience and flexible attitudes. The rest of the teaching staff will become sharers of the European experience, which will be integrated in a strategic plan towards the school’s development. In this way, a school will be built which (a) seeks modern digital learning and communication, (b) dares test and assess innovative teaching methods, (c) demonstrates flexible movement around Europe, (d) seeks direct links with the community, the environment and the culture and (e) aims at sustainability.
The plan’s impact will be positive on the students too, as they will gain self-acting and love for the school, they will be able to participate in future European partnerships and contacts with other students and they will practise their language skills.
The last recipient group of the aforementioned activation will be the parents, who will be informed in person and digitally about the school’s new potential. Research will be conducted towards the fusion of innovation, so that the plan’s impact is recorded and communicated to all schools in the country through publications and seminars. In this way, the teachers of the 1st MEHST will offer a significant contribution to the long-term training of all teaching communities in Thessaloniki and Greece in relation to innovation in education and the results of its experimental implementation.
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