On Monday 18th June 2018, the largest interdisciplinary research centre in Greece, N.C.S.R. «Demokritos» and namely the Net Media Lab of the Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications, organized an Info Day (Training Day) for the teachers of the 6thPrimary School of Agia Paraskevi in Athens. The training was organized under the Erasmus+ School Project «primeTECH: Promoting Technology Enhanced Teaching in Primary Schools» with the participation of six (6) organizations from six (6) different countries, namely Greece, Cyprus, Germany, Latvia, Romania and the UK.
The main purpose of this project is to address the need in EU policies for high quality teachers, able to innovate using ICTs and for improved data on their digital competence which can lead to inclusive education. Through this Training, teachers had the opportunity to be informed about the project, its purposes and most importantly to familiarize themselves with the e-learning platform that was developed in the framework of the project as well as the teaching material that it hosts.
The info day was divided into two parts; at first teachers attended informative presentations about the project in general, the teaching material and the e-platform; then they had an actual practical training on the e-platform that included browsing the courses, quizzes and communication methods and actually taking a course by reading its books and taking its quizzes in order to earn digital badges.
The Training was attended by twenty-one (21) primary school teachers and three (3) presenters of the Greek primeTECH Consortium. It was held on Monday 18 June 2018 from 10:00-18:00 at the 6th Primary School of Agia Paraskevi.
The feedback from the participants was very positive in most cases and the participants showed a genuine interest in taking the courses and using the new knowledge in their classrooms.
Project website: http://www.primetech-edu.eu/
e-Learning platform: http://primetech.iit.demokritos.gr/
Net Media Lab of N.C.S.R. «Demokritos» successfully organized the Greek Multiplier Event for the Erasmus+ Project primeTECH: Promoting Technology Enhanced Teaching in Primary Schools on Saturday 22 September 2018 at the Congress Center of N.C.S.R. «Demokritos».
Almost 100 people attended the event, most of which were Primary School Teachers. They had the opportunity to learn about the projects results with emphasis on the learning material and the e-learning and assessment platform that were developed in the framework of the project.
After the speeches, a workshop was organized, where participants had the opportunity to interact with the e-platform (http://primetech.iit.demokritos.gr/) with the help of Net Media Lab staff. In particular, they registered and enrolled in the courses, took tests, read the e-books and earned badges.
The participants showed a real interest in the primeTECH project results and asked questions about how they could use ICT tools in the educational process and how to incorporate blended learning methods with the use of an e-platform where they could upload teaching material as well as tests for their students. The Digital Open Badges that were used in the primeTECH project as an assessment method was the most discussed topic and it really gave primary school teachers the incentive to take the offered free courses and tests.
6th Hellenic Forum for Science, Technology and Innovation and the 53rd Summer School of N.C.S.R. “Demokritos”
On Wednesday 4 July 2018, Dr. Athanasios Drigas, Director of Net Media Lab of N.C.S.R. “Demokritos” presented the primeTECH project and its results during his annual speech at the 6th Hellenic Forum for Science, Technology and Innovation and the 53rd Summer School of N.C.S.R. “Demokritos”.
The 50 people audience that attended his speech at the N.C.S.R. “Demokritos” Library, comprised mostly of students aged 18-25 years old as well as researchers from various science fields.
Many people showed a real interest in the project activities and participated very actively in the Q&A session that followed learning how they could access the e-learning platform and how to enroll in the available free courses.
The Institut für Didaktik der Demokratie at the Leibniz University Hannover organised its multiplier event on September 18th at the premises of the university. It was organised in cooperation with uniplus, an institution of Lower Saxony offering advanced training for teachers in Hannover, Nienburg and Schaumburg.
The announcement attracted 25 participants. After an introduction about Erasmus + and the project in general, the participants had the opportunity to register on the platform. They were guided through the modules, tried out and discussed specific ICT options in small groups and presented their experience to the plenary. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive.
The Multiplier Event proved to be a good opportunity to inform about the primeTECH project and to support teachers in their efforts to include ICTs for teaching purpose.