In-school Teacher Training in Evangeliki Model High School of Smyrna

On Friday 20 May 2022 the teachers of Evangeliki Model High School of Smyrna participated in a face-to-face, 2-hour, in-school training.

Ms. Argyri Panagiota presented the European Project BRIST: Building a Research Infrastructure for School Teachers, which creates the necessary support tools for the teachers involved in the research process, through “Translation Research”, i.e. the integration of action research in the teachers’ professional development and the case study “Participatory research in the industry field as a means of the educator’s professional development”.

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She also referred to the call for papers of the 3rd Panhellenic Conference of Scientix: https://scientix.ellak.gr/

Dialogue and opinion exchange followed with additional presentations, which presented case studies regarding the integration of educational research in the educational process (presentations made in Greek):

  • Arnaouti Eirini (PhD in Media Education), English teacher

Εστιάζοντας στη δημιουργικότητα: Έλληνες έφηβοι συνδυάζουν την ψηφιακή αρχειοθέτηση με τη δημιουργία ψηφιακού ντοκιμαντέρ (Focus on creativity: Greek teenagers combine digital archiving and documentary-making)

  • Diakonou Maria (PhD in Physics) & Aggelidou Chrysi (PhD in Biochemistry)

Μελέτη χημικών και φυσικών ιδιοτήτων υδατικών διαλυμάτων χαμηλής συγκέντρωσης

  • Makedonas Christodoulos (PhD in Chemistry), Chasapis Sotirios (Mathematician), Thodis Georgios (Greek Language and Literature teacher), Diakonou Maria (PhD in Physics), Fanidis Christos (PhD in Physics) & Pouloudi Maria (Mathematician)

Απόψεις των μαθητών του Προτύπου Λυκείου της Ευαγγελικής Σχολής Σμύρνης σχετικά με την εξ αποστάσεως σύγχρονη εκπαίδευση την περίοδο της Άνοιξης 2020

  • Taliouri Eirini (PhD in Biology)

Η αξία του Podcast στην σχολική Βιολογία

Moreover, the school Headmaster Mr. Fanidis Christos presented the process of creating a Europass Curriculum Vitae.

At the end, Mr. Chasapis Sotirios (Mathematician) and Mr. Kominos Dimitrios (Greek Language and Literature teacher) presented the educational use, the functions and affordances of ΙRIS Scan, which is owned by our school.

Video with IRIS Scan use directions

 

Participation of our student in the Festival University 2021 organized by the University Johannes Kepler, Linz

My name is Anastasia Karra and I am a student in the second class of Evangeliki Model High School of Smyrna. In September I took part in the first Festival University 2021, a programme organised by Johannes Kepler University, Linz, in cooperation with Ars Electronica Festival, which is an exhibition organised annually in Linz of Austria, where I stayed.

In July our school headmaster, Mr. Fanidis, sent us an invitation to apply for that programme. Therefore, I decided to apply, sending my CV and a 3-minute video in which I explained the reasons I wanted to be part of that programme. To be honest, I never really expected to be chosen, mainly because they would only accept 100 people from all over the globe. That is why I was so shocked when they informed me that I was chosen that I shed tears of joy! I started contacting the people who were responsible for the organisation of the programme in August, in order to book my flight and meet the rest of the people with whom I would be sharing this wonderful experience.

The duration of this programme was 3 weeks in total, 1 online and 2 on site. On the 30th of August we had the first meeting, where we met the facilitators, who gave us more insight into the programme and presented us the 5 teams into which we would be divided, advising us to try something new. Thus, I picked the creative robotics group, since I had no prior experience in that field. The rest of the online week went by like that, with people such as Hideaki Ogawa, Joseph Herrscher and Josef Penninger making presentations on an abundance of topics to us. The main goal of the programme was to create the university of the future and cause a chain reaction of change in the world. In the end of the second on site week, each team was called to make a presentation in whichever way they wanted.

I, along with the other girl from Athens who was chosen as well, who is also an alumna of our school, Maria Fefe, arrived in Linz on the 4th of September and the next day we met the other 80 people who were participating on site. On the first day I met people from all over the world, such as Guatemala, Spain, Mexico and many other countries. Our first morning was free so some people and I decided to explore the botanical garden. In the afternoon they gave us a tour around the campus and we had dinner together. The next days were packed, since every morning we had to take a rapid covid test and after that we had a plethora of presentations, excursions and workshops. On our first robotics workshop we discussed about what exactly a robot is, its benefits and we were assigned to answer a couple of questions the next day. The first week was also the Ars Electronica Festival week and almost every night we attended relevant events. It was undoubtedly really interesting and we got to see some pretty cool exhibits. For instance, something that not only amazed me  but also triggered my interest was that they had some jars which contained soil from different countries. What was interesting, though, was that it was edible and you could taste it if you wanted to. I tried soil from a lot of different places and I noted that California’s and India’s had a quite peculiar taste. That was how the first week went by, with meeting people from all over the globe, visiting a lot of exhibitions and attending workshops.

On Sunday, the 12th of September, every team, having decided on what their final presentation would be about, made a board and went around the campus and discussed with passersby, asking them questions and gathering information about the presentation. My team chose the problem of categorisation and the fact that putting labels, which are often negative, on people is a quite commonplace phenomenon. Therefore, we asked passersby when they feel categorised and what we can do in order to stop this.

In the second week we visited the concentration camp of Mauthausen and after that we discussed our feelings about that experience. We kept working in our teams and getting ready for the final presentation. Wednesday the 15th of September was the day when we had the chance to wear our traditional dresses to meet the mayor of Linz, but unfortunately, due to the fact that the elections in Linz were just around the corner, an emergency came up and he could not meet us. The next day was our presentation deadline, therefore we worked as a team, helped each other and succeeded. We made an animation in which we put different languages and resembled individuals and their different charecteristics with disco balls, because they have a lot of tiles, which make them shine, just as our differences that make us unique. On Friday, the 17th of September, each team made their presentation and we were given our participation certificates.

During this programme we had the chance to write small notes to the other participants, the so called “sugarcubes”, and put them into the envelope with each person’s name, and we would read them when we got home. Thus, on the last day we received our envelopes full of small letters and drawings. In addition, we had the chance to write a postcard to our future selves and they would send it to us in 3 weeks. On the final day, people signed each other’s cards and I received mine a couple of days ago, which made me happy and emotional at the same time, because I remembered all the wonderful memories I had from those two weeks. On the last day we had spare time to do some shopping and on the last night we all went to a club to enjoy our last night together and say goodbye. Unfortunately our flight was the next morning and this amazing experience had come to an end.

I can definitely say that it was one of the best experiences of my life and I am extremely thankful that Mr. Fanidis gave me the opportunity to be a part of the festival. Without him, I would not even have imagined that something like that existed. I managed to make some long-lasting friendships with people from all over the world, gain a plethora of knowledge and expand my intellectual horizons. I deepened my cultural understanding and exchanged points of view with people older than me, since I was the youngest participant, who had so many things to teach me. I am very proud of myself for participating in the Festival University 2021 and succeeding as the youngest member. I can undoubtedly say that I left Austria full of memories and new knowledge.

Presentation of the activities of the European project Erasmus+ KA3, R4C

On Saturday 23/10 were presented the activities realized during the school year 2020-2021 in the framework of the European project ERASMUS+KA3 Reflection for Change (R4C) (with the Institute of Educational Policy-I.E.P. as a partner) in the conference OPEN CLASSROOM entitled “Open and Distance Education: Real change takes place in deep crisis”.

Access to the video recorded presentation (1.52’)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uzql-bQAYLs

The pedagogical team:

Fanidis Christos (Headmaster), Angelidou Chrysi, Argyri Panagiota (School co-ordinator), Litsardou Maria, Sarlas Georgios, Chasapis Sotirios

Our Erasmus+KA229 “Playing Europe” project logo selected

The online poll for the selection of our project logo closed last night and today we have the winner of our logo contest that will accompany and will represent us throughout our project: It is the Spanish logo! A marble carrying the flags of the countries of the 4 partner schools!

We are attaching the winning logo and the poll results.

“Playing Europe” in the CASE & GSO4SCHOOL Conference

The 1st dissemination event of our “Playing Europe” Erasmus+KA229 project is a fact! Our project has gone online these days and it is presented with a poster and a recorded presentation in the CASE & GSO4SCHOOL Conference, held online on 1-3 December 2020. 

The poster is based on the approved application of the project, so its authors are the teachers of the four European schools who worked on the application-writing, i.e. from our school, Dr. Eirini Arnaouti, English teacher and contact person of the project, and Ms. Panagiota Argyri, Mathematician.

You can see our poster and watch the recorded presentation here.

Our teachers’ workshop in a Panhellenic Conference

On Sunday 15/11/2020 our school teachers Dr. Chrysi Aggelidou, Chemistry teacher, and Dr. Eirini Arnaouti, English teacher, conducted a workshop entitled “Shall we play with Biology in English?” in the 1st Panhellenic Conference-The educational game in formal and non-formal education.

The Conference was organised by the School Life and Education Museum, the Laboratory for Research on Early Childhood Psychopedagogy, the Department of Education and Care in Early Childhood of the University of West Attica, the Greek Cultural Institute and the Metropolitan College and it was held on 14-15/11/2020 online, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Participation of our school teachers in the 6th International Conference for the Promotion of Educational Innovation

Our school headmaster Dr.Christos Fanidis and our school teachers Dr. Eirini Arnaouti with Mr. Georgios Thodis and Dr.Chrysi Aggelidou with Mrs. Christina Papadaki participated with presentations in the 6th International Conference for the Promotion of Educational Innovation organised by EEPEK academic association. The conference was realised online on 16-18 October 2020. 

The title of the headmaster Dr.Christos Fanidis’ presentation was “Students discover Mathematics, Physics, Informatics and develop technical skills through the CanSat project of space robotics” and was based on the work of the school Robotics Club’s participants that have been distinguished in the CanSat space robotics competition in the last few years. His online presentation is available on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVlUibUL-Js&feature=youtu.be.

The title of Dr.Eirini Arnaouti and Mr.Georgios Thodis’ presentation was “Creating a digital archive and a digital documentary in an inter-disciplinary project of the High School”, which was the result of a project realised with students of the high school of Evangeliki during the school year 2018-2019. The results of the project were also sent to the 1st Greek Educational RadioTelevision competition “Your history, is your town’s history” for the High School category, where they won a Distinction. Their online presentation is available on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCU_50hhXk0&feature=youtu.be

The title of Dr.Chrysi Aggelidou and Mrs.Christina Papadaki’s presentation was “Miro through the microscope” and was based on an inter-disciplinary project realised with students of the secondary school of Evangeliki during the school year 2018-2019. Their online presentation is available on:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xK36arMIe3I&feature=youtu.be .

Our student’s article in the CIE 2020 international conference

Congratulations to our student Bariampa Richard, who presented his article “Youth, new technologies and Informatics. The re-generation of a library” in the 12th Conference on Informatics in Education (CIE) 2020.

The article deals with the creation of the software Open School Library Lite (OSLL) that can support online the function of any school library and will support this school year our school library as well. You can watch the presentation of the article here.

The Headmaster

Participation of our school teachers in the 7th Panhellenic Conference of “Neos Paidagogos”

Our school teachers Aggelidou Chrysi and Karimali Evangelia participated with presentations in the 7th Panhellenic Conference organised by “Neos Paidagogos” academic association.

The titles of their presentations were “Using “bath bombs” for the experimental study of chemical kinetics: A teaching suggestion for the Covid-19 special conditions” and “Towards a phenomenological teaching of literary texts: From theory to practice” respectively. Both presentations were the result of actions realised with students of the secondary and high school of Evangeliki during the school year 2019-2020.

The conference was realised online on 18-19 September 2020. The online presentations can be found on:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhp3dKjWroK0CYuvzemMBLag5bxDLT8tV

Participation of our school teachers in the one-day seminar about Greek language subjects

The Greek Language and Literature teachers of our school Georgios Thodis, Evangelia Karimali and Maria Papadopoulou made a presentation in the one-day seminar entitled “Distance teaching practices in the Greek Language subjects”, organised by the 4th Regional Centre of Educational Design and the Coordinators of Educational Work for the Greek Language teahers Mrs. Angeliki Chronopoulou and Mr. Nikolaos Linardos.

The presentation title was “The perception of antiquity by the poets of the generation of the 1930s: an online action in the lockdown period” realised with students of Evangeliki Model School of Smyrna during the school year 2019-2020.

The one-day seminar was realised online on Saturday 10 October 2020.