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Βελτίωση διδακτικών πρακτικών με σκοπό την ποιότητα στην εκπαίδευση
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

“Improvement of teaching practices with the aim of quality in education” is the Erasmus+ KA1 project that our school realized as part of a broader plan for continuous quality improvement and reinforcement of the European orientation of Krinides Gymnasium. The aims of the project, which were actually realized at a great degree, were: • Teachers’ refreshment or/and acquisition of knowledge in order to achieve better students’ learning outcomes. • Reinforcement or/and acquisition of technological skills of teachers in order to implement technology in their teaching. • Teachers’ connection with European colleagues with the perspective of exchanging opinions, ideas, good practices and collaborating on a future Erasmus+ KA2 project. • Students’ connection with European peers with the aim of foreign language skills improvement and familiarization with school life conditions abroad. • Development of a culture of collaboration and commitment to quality enhancement, among the staff of the institution. The Headmaster and four members of the school staff took part in this project. All of them teach different school subjects and in some cases other than their professional specialty. They are people with various interests but their strongest professional interest lies in the field of innovation and motivation of the students. The participants attended two structured teachers’ training courses: “Innovative Approaches to teaching” at ITC International, Prague, The Czech Republic and “Creativity in teaching and learning by using ICT” at Quarter Mediation, Assen, The Netherlands. The topics which were covered during the first training course were: 21st century skills, critical and creative thinking, project-based learning, formative and summative assessment, peer assessment, rubrics, portfolio, differentiated instruction, implementation of ITC in teaching and metacognition. The second course focused on the creative use of ITC in teaching and learning, Web 2.0 tools (Wiggio, Socrative, Calameo, Prezi, Glogster, Stop Motion, and Movie Maker) and their use in the classroom. In both courses, participants had the chance to visit local schools, institutions and places of cultural interest. During the courses, the participants engaged in a variety of activities which promoted their personal and professional development as they acquired knowledge on new learning theories and modern teaching trends, reconsidered attitudes, and enhanced their communication, collaboration, linguistic and technological skills. All of them were certified with a “Certificate of successful mobility completion” and “Europass Mobility Document”. They also made contact with European colleagues and schools with the purpose of a future e-twinning or Erasmus+ KA2 project. Upon return, the participants shared their experience and knowledge with their fellow colleagues and discussed ideas about the most creative and effective use of the newly acquired knowledge. Consequently, they designed, organized, applied and assessed innovative educational programmes and produced educational materials with the perspective of differentiating teaching in order to respond to the students’ specific needs. They also applied innovative techniques and technology in the classroom and made targeted educational interventions. The results of the project were significant at all levels. Teachers’ self-confidence was increased as they felt more ready, qualified and well-equipped to apply changes to school, students’ interest was aroused and better learning outcomes were achieved, school staff became more active, collaborative and willing to participate in future European projects and, finally, a broader opening of our school to society, local, national and European community was achieved. The results have been disseminated to the neighboring schools, the school counselors, the local press, our school website and teachers’ personal blogs. Given the fact that change and educational interventions take time to yield results, the impact of this project is expected to be greater in the long run, as the school is planning to continue this effort and carry out more varied actions in the years to come.
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