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Το Μουσικό Σχολείο της Ευρώπης του 21ου αιώνα ως κοιτίδα καινοτομίας, δημιουργικής σκέψης, πολιτισμού και αξιών
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The teaching staff of the Music School of Kalamata has set as its goal to create a modern learner-centred school. This type of school aims at enhancing skills, creativity, critical thinking and the generation of ideas among learners. Moreover, it intends to cultivate a spirit of togetherness, teamwork and cooperation among participants in the teaching process. What is actually desired is the ongoing feedback via the use of innovative methods and teaching tools which help realize the afore-mentioned aims in order to provide our learners with the necessary equipment for their future life as active citizens of their local community and to develop their European identity. Within this framework, our main goal is that our teachers stay abreast of the latest developments in the field of education and become acquainted with new alternative methods and teaching tools which will be used in a variety of ways so as to enhance the teaching process and encourage student cooperation in the classroom as well as during music/school events and school projects. Specifically, our aim was: - to develop our communication and teaching skills in order to effectively organize and update the quality of the teaching and learning process - to improve our teachers' professional profile - to implement innovative learner-centered approaches (Experiential as well as Participatory Approaches) - to integrate ICT in teaching practices and school events - to raise interest in learning and to improve student creativity and participation. In order to address and fulfill the afore-mentioned needs, our school participated in a European KA1 Training Project. This project acquainted teachers with innovative methods of teaching, new technologies and practices which have already been implemented in various European countries. Therefore, our project initially aimed at training 3 teachers, selected from the teaching staff, who attended the following Training Programmes. The participants possessed fluency in the language of the training activities and experience in topics relevant to the ones presented during those activities. The selected Programmes train teachers in the implementation of new educational tools and technologies; each programme focuses on a different field; yet they all deal with the integration of ICT in the teaching process via Experiential and Cooperative Learning Methodologies. 1. "The Innovative skills in ICT through collaborative and project-based teaching and learning – Cervantes Training" programme, held in Spain, acquainted teachers with innovative teaching practices and with the latest ICT teaching tools in order to promote high quality teaching and to enhance student collaboration. 2. The "Future Learning with iPads and tablets" Programme, held in Austria, presented ideas to develop innovative learning scenarios in the classroom with the use of smart devices. Moreover, it gave examples of good teaching practices which have been implemented in various European schools and trained teachers in the use of educational and collaborative platforms and software for students with special learning needs. Furthermore, it presented tools which promote students' critical and creative thinking so that they can develop skills which will help them to become innovative. 3. The "ICT Skills and Technology Enhanced Learning Courses: Empowerment in ICT Skills" Programme, held in Malta, aimed at enriching the teaching process and various school events with the creative and experimental use of ICT via various applications. The Programme acquainted trainees with a wide variety of teaching practices which incorporate freeware tools, connect methodology and technology and develop learners' skills. The second important phase of our project included the dissemination of the knowledge gained by the trainees to the other members of the teaching staff via presentations, workshops, internal training of all interested teachers. It also incorporated the practical implementation and integration of the newly-acquired knowledge in the educational process. Trainees, therefore, acted as multipliers of new experiences and knowledge. The final phase of our project, after the completion of all mobilities / training activities, included the organisation of a series of dissemination events for educators, parents and pupils in order to spread the newly acquired experience and knowledge. In the long term, together with the continuous enrichment and modernisation of the traditional teaching methods, we consider the communication with teachers all over Europe as the basis for the creation of a network with schools and organisations, which will contribute to the European vision of our school.
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