Preparation and Participation in the competition of Nea Smyrni Cultural Centre about Asia Minor

During the school year 2019-20, Nea Smyrni Cultural Centre organised the student competition for students of the Greek primary and secondary education on scholastic and artistic subjects related to the Greeks of Asia Minor.

Among others, students were asked to search for a story or narration referring to Asia Minor. Then, working in groups on the level of school class or school teams and given their familiarization with technology, they were asked to digitalize and process the material evidence (photographs, objects, interviews etc.) and register, under the supervision of their teachers, their story in the form of a short history documentary (10’).

A three-member team of our school consisting of the students Zioga Vasiliki-Christina, Zora Georgia-Theodora from B’ class and Panagaki Chionia from C’ Class, under the supervision of their teachers Mr. Thodis Georgios and Mrs. Arnaouti Eirini created the short documentary “Recollection” («Μνημοσύνη»).

The documentary will be uploaded here after the announcement of the competition results.

Action entitled “Enhancing of skills through the creative expression of inclinations and talents”

During the school year 2019-2020, Ms. Argyri Panagiota, mathematician, within the framework of the action “Enhancing of skills through the creative expression of inclinations and talents” supervised and guided the A1 and A3 class students for the creation of educational material with the aim for them to participate in European and international educational competitions.

i) GSL Global Goals Competition, on thematic units dealing with the 17 aims of sustainable development https://www.globalsocialleaders.com/ggcompetition/

Competition-related documents:

Students’ certificates

Submitted papers

Created and submitted digital material

ii) Spellman HV Clean Tech Challenge on the subject ‘Reducing Individual Impacts’ https://www.cstl.org/cleantech/the-challenge

Submitted students’ works and articles

Action of educational material production: Mathematical games in Greek and English

During the school year 2019-20, Ms. Argyri Panagiota, mathematician, in collaboration with Mrs. Arnaouti Eirini, English teacher, realised an action of educational material production with a group of A’ class students.

The material consists of mathematical games (Taboo board game and crossword puzzles) in the Greek and English language and it is the result of the interdisciplinary collaboration of the subjects of Mathematics and English as a Foreign Language.

The produced material is uploaded on:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dwsiNfl-RS-DsEDT0LEoSmXdEB91hrB1/view?usp=sharing 

Gender and Literature: Interpretation of Anthropological Concepts and Definitions about the Female Gender, Dowry and Family Relationships

The students of A2 class collaborated in the Modern Greek Literature subject under the guidance of their teacher Mrs. Karimali for the study and creation of a presentation entitled “Gender and Literature: Interpretation of Anthropological Concepts and Definitions about the Female Gender, Dowry and Family Relationships”.

The present project aimed at the familiarization of the students with a corpus of anthropological concepts and definitions about the female gender, the gender relations, the ethnographic varieties of family structures (in-law  types of relationship, role distribution in the traditional and modern society, etc.) and institutions related to them (dowry), with the use of anthropological and sociological interpretation tools (comparative method, deconstruction, interpretation etc.) and examples from ethnographic societies (New Guinea, Africa).

Organisation and realisation of online speeches

During the lockdown, Evangeliki Model High School of Smyrna and the Greek Language and Literature teacher Dr. E. Karimali organised 3 online speeches via Webex platform on issues related to History, Geopolitics and Economy during the modern historic times. The speeches were realised in the framework of the subject of Ancient History and more specifically, of the school project “Geopolitics and History: Definitions, Terms and Movements”, which was proposed and completed by Dr. E. Karimali and the A Class students during the school year 2019-20.

The first online speech took place on Friday 8 May at 10.00 with main speaker the Professor of Modern History in the Department of Political Sciences of the Aristotelean University of Thessaloniki Mr. Georgios Margaritis, in collaboration with Evangeliki Model High School of Smyrna (teachers in charge Dr. Evangelia Karimali and Dr. Ioanna Pseftogianni) and the Experimental High School of Rethymnon in Crete (teacher in charge Dr. Despoina Petrougaki). In the discussion that followed participated students from all classes of both High Schools.  The topic of the discussion was the important economic issues of Greece during the 19th and 20th century.

The two following speeches were about the basic principles and terms of modern Geopolitics and particularly the geopolitical affairs between Greece and Turkey.

The first speech was realised on Monday 9 June 2020 by the second-year undergraduate student of the Department of International, European and Regional Studies of Panteion University Konstantinos Melissourgos, who talked with the A’ and B’ Class students, explaining to them basic definitions of geopolitics and prepared them for Mr. K. Philis’ speech.

On Tuesday 10 June 2020 at 17.00 was realised Professor Konstantinos Philis’ speech. Mr. Philis is Executive Director of Research Projects in the Institute of International Affairs of Panteion University. His speech was entitled “Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean on a knife edge”.

The speech was attended by teachers and students of Evangeliki Model High School of Smyrna. An extended discussion followed between Mr. Philis and the students, who had the chance to be informed and ask their questions about current issues that trouble the affairs of these two countries.

Publication of students’ research papers in a scientific journal

In the special issue 2 (2020) https://ejournals.epublishing.ekt.gr/…/openschoolsjou…/index of the European scientific journal OSJ – Open Schools Journal for Open Science our school students’ research papers were published. The corresponding research works were realised under the supervision of the mathematician Ms. Argyri Panagiota.

The students’ works were realised within the framework of the European Educational Project Open Schools for Open Societies. The students studied, registered, analysed data on the issues of the modern global community, while they also researched their impact on their local school community. In collaboration with experts and scientists, they suggested solutions and action plans for the achievement of sustainable development in the local and global community.

A project realised by B’ Class students during the school year 2018-19 was also included as it was a study on pandemics, which is especially up-to-date now, due to the difficulties the global community is facing because of  Covid-19.

Last but not least, in this issue are also registered the students’ experiences from their participation in the European Student Science Parliament (July 2018), where youngsters from all over Europe participated, discussed and made decisions on one of the future challenges, the automatic vehicles.

2nd Panhellenic place of our students in the 3rd Panhellenic Statistics Competition 2020!

Congratulations to all our school teams that participated (ALGEBROS, EVANGL_20, MILLESTAT, STATONE, A314ΘΑΝΟΙ, ΑΛΓΕΥΡΗΚΑ, ΜΟΤΕΛΕΙΟΙ, with a total of 18 students), with interest in knowledge, in the 3rd Panhellenic Statistics Competition. The three teams that passed in the competition finals (ALGEBROS, EVANGL_20, MILLESTAT) did excellent work, with presentations of professional standards. Congratulations! The winners were selected on the basis of details and our MILLESTAT team, where our A’ Class student Miltiadis Tsolas participated, was distinguished taking the 2nd Panhellenic place in the High School category. This year participation was increased by about 20% with 136 schools and 436 teams. Congratulations and good luck for the 3rd European Competition, where the first two teams will represent Greece, one of whom is from our school!

It is worth mentioning that ELSTAT-Hellenic Statistics Authority promotes education in statistics through various best-organised activities. You can access nice games and educational material on statistical concepts created by ELSTAT here: https://www.statistics.gr/el/edu-games

The works of the first five teams can be accessed here: https://www.statistics.gr/…/statistics-competition-presenta….

You can read information regarding the 3rd European Statistics Competition here: https://www.statistics.gr/…/c40d552a-f7af-7ae1-4722-f6ba370…

Congratulations to the mathematicians of our school as well and especially to Mr. Chasapis, who dealt with our school participation in the competition.

The Headmaster

Geometry and digital cultural heritage

The aim of the teleconferencing realized by the mathematician Ms. Argyri Panagiota on Monday 30 March (12.00-14.00) in the Online Meeting Room of Scientix (http://www.scientix.eu/online-meeting-room) was first the meeting of Α1, Α3 and Β2 class students of Evangeliki Model High School of Smyrna with the “Europeana” European digital platform of cultural heritage (https://www.europeana.eu/en) and mainly the exploitation of the digital material in the subject of geometry. It was also an honour for us the participation of Ms. Lymperopoulou Eleni, Mathematics Educational Co-ordinator of the D’ Athens area.

Europeana (https://www.europeana.eu/en/collections) offers access to about 57 million digitalized objects from more than 3500 European libraries, museums, archives and galleries. It is a huge database offering an enormous range of mass media products, on a variety of topics and languages as well as objects of image, sound,  texts, videos, 3D content on art, architecture, maps, films, natural history, fashion and many more topics in more than 37 languages. A big part of the content – more than 20 million objects – have a Common Creatives licence and can be reused in various research and teaching projects.

The mission of Europeana is to transform the world with the help of culture, to unlock the cultural heritage treasures and offer them online, so that people can use them for entertaining, professional and educational purposes.

The Europeana DSI-4 project (http://fcl.eun.org/europeana-dsi4), which is realized and supported by the European Schoolnet (www.eun.org ), aims at encouraging educators to share their experience. From the present innovative teaching approach of geometry through the material culture of the digital cultural heritage, we have detected the active participation of the Α1 , Α3 and Β2 class students of our school, which is a fact that motivates us to keep supporting their learning. The results of the students’ works from the teleconferencing include the research of digital content of material cultural heritage objects, whose geometrical properties are analyzed in the space and plane, and the exploration of correlations with basic theorems of geometry for the understanding of Europe’s cultural heritage. The improvement of the 21st century skills of our students is a basic priority, since the students become creators and solvers of geometry and algebra problems on digital culture objects, they express their creativity, make use of their innovative and critical thinking, as well as of their ability to process and exploit information, and thus of their skill to learn independently.

Publication of the material in the digital community, in the Greek language:

https://eclass.sch.gr/courses/EL526204/

The material will be enriched during the whole period of distance teaching, as well as after the re-opening of the schools.

This action is organized by Ms. Argyri Panagiota in the framework of the international initiative, led by Scientix «2020 STEM Discovery Campaign», on the topic of “Innovative trends in education” (http://www.scientix.eu/events/campaigns/sdc20).

Inter-scientific distance teaching approach: Pandemic: History teaches us… mathematics interprets

On Wednesday 01 April a common distance teaching was realized by the teachers Dr. Papadopoulou Maria, Greek Language and Literature teacher, and Ms. Argyri Panagiota, mathematician (Μ.Sc, M.Ed) in the classes Β2, Β3, Α1, Α3 of Evangeliki Model High School of Smyrna . It dealt with an inter-scientific approach of the issue of the pandemic Covid-19, which is plaguing the global community.

Based on the students’ response and interest in the distance teaching on “Mathematical invasion Covid-19 in the global community” (http://bit.ly/2Wpsgkr), the teachers wished to satisfy the students’ needs and responded by the extension of the issue study, so that the issue of pandemics throughout the centuries is studied and explored from multiple viewpoints.

Due to the current and unpleasant situation that the global community is facing, because of the pandemic Covid-19, it is important to be aware of the history events and sources in order to gain knowledge and information. Thanks to the past we can understand the present and we can draw conclusions on the basis of real data and scientific elements, which we compare and process, with the help of mathematical tools of statistics and mathematical modelling.

More precisely, the innovative teaching approach takes into consideration the diachronic framework of the global community’s pandemics, starting from Antonio’s plague ( 165 A.D.) and with a special mention in the Plague of Athens of the 5th century. The students process and analyse historical sources and texts, study maps and choose to process arithmetic data to find which are the mathematical models that combine elements of the past and the present and can be used to predict the spread of the diseases.

Basic research questions:

  • Applying the mathematical modelling, which is analyzed in the academic bibliography, on data concerning ancient Athens, can we see how they could slow down or stop the spread of the disease?
  • The other way round, with the use of mathematical tools can we adapt the situations described in the historical source to the real situations that Greece is experiencing due to Covid-19?

The teachers involved support innovation in education and mainly address the students’ interests. Even by distance they all come close for the common study of the global issue. Humanities and Sciences have a common goal: To explain and justify the importance of the preventive measures!

The teaching material and the students’ work in the Greek language:

https://eclass.sch.gr/courses/EL526188/