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Combating Poverty & Social Exclusion

Posted by Maria on January 30, 2011

Dear eTwinners,

There have been some months since I wrote you the activities of the Greek National Support Service. Well, in my summer blog posts – just to keep things orderly – new plans had been announced for the current school year. (If you need to refresh your memory, you could refer to the blog post published on 8th of August, 2010.) So, last year was dedicated to Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion by the Greek eTwinning NSS. To celebrate it, schools of primary and secondary education were invited to participate in a national competition on this topic by creating posters. The submission deadline was set on 6th December 2010.

Before I present you with the results of the competition, I will describe the eligibility criteria. For schools to apply they first had to be enrolled in the eTwinning Desktop. With this condition met, they also had to be carrying out a relevant theme project and/or their teachers be members of the e-Network for the European Year 2010 and/or their teachers be subscribed to the online NSS workshop for “Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion”. As far as the making of posters was concerned, there were no specific restrictions. Any suitable technique, material and colour could be used. Yet, copyright and data protection issues had to be taken into account. The final product was delivered in an electronic format (either as a scanned picture or as a digital photo of a 600 pixels x 840 pixels and 5MB size maximum).
Students’ projects were evaluated by an independent committee appointed by officers of the Greek Ministry of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs. Their evaluation was based on the following set of criteria: the poster’s coherence with the topic of the contest, its aesthetic value and the clarity of the message conveyed.


PRIMARY EDUCATION

A Prize was awarded to the poster number 39 by D1 class of the Primary School MEGALI PANAGIA titled: “Children all over the world have a right to live.”

A first Honour was awarded to the poster number 14 by the student Leonardo Kogia of the 10th Primary School ILIOUPOLI titled: “Poverty”.

A second Honour was awarded to the poster number 57 by a group of 13 students and their class assistant Argyri Papadaki of the Private Nursery School MIKRO ERGASTIRI titled: “We look different… But we feel the same.”

SECONDARY EDUCATION

A Prize was awarded to the poster number 42 by the 2nd Grade (16 students) of the 1st Junior High School ZEFYRIOU titled: “Poverty – education- neglect”.

A first Honour was awarded to the poster number 33 by Eleftheria Mourtidou of the 6th Senior High School ILIOU titled: “Poverty will kill us”.

A second Honour was awarded to the poster number 31 by Claudio Mita of the 6th Senior High School ILIOU titled: “Without words”.

The gallery with all contestants’ posters can be accessed via the following link.
My congratulations to ALL of you!

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News pieces from September

Posted by Maria on September 26, 2010

Hello eTwinners all over Europe!

Welcome back (from summer vacations)!
I believe that you will have started to teach and planning ahead for the new school year. As an eTwinning member, I should admit that I have felt nice working with colleagues from various educational backgrounds while participating in the previous year’s Learning Labs events. I hope that in the future we will have the opportunity to further collaborate in some school projects.
So, wishing to share more with you, I will keep reporting on the latest news concerning the Greek National Support Service (NSS) actions.

5th National eTwinning competition
Did you carry out an eTwinning project with Greek partners in the school years 2008-09 and/or 2009-10? Was it awarded with the National Quality Label? Have you talked with them recently? Well, you must be wondering why I am asking all these questions…… The reason is that your Greek school counterpart can apply for the 5th National eTwinning competition.
How much time is left? Within four days’ time they must submit their entries unless they have already done so.

A few things about the rules
The competition is aimed at students’ groups of a wide age range (5-12, 13-15 and 16-19 years old): Nursery, Primary and Secondary Schools. Apart from those categories, the projects under selection cover two additional ones, that is a Comenius-eTwinning and an Environmental theme. Applicants’ submissions are eligible only for one of these five categories.
The evaluation scheme is going to take place in two stages. At the first stage, five candidates will be shortlisted for each category while, at the second final stage, two will be awarded a prize. Among the selection criteria, special emphasis is placed on the Twinblog progress reports and the publication of their project outcomes, but also on the sufficient completion of the application form fields.

Awards ceremony – Attendance of the event
The ceremony event is going to be held at the premises of the Ministry of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs in October/November 2010 on a date to be announced. The ten winners will be rewarded with trips to attend Professional Development European Workshops and/or ICT equipment for the school institutions and their students.

For entries submission, you can click here

Hurry up! 🙂

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Coming soon to the Greek NSS: eTwinning Nets 10/11 sy

Posted by Maria on August 8, 2010

creativity net
Dear eTwinners,

I have wonderful news! The Greek National Support Service (NSS) for eTwinning is going to launch two topic-based e-networks (communities of practice) in September 1st, 2010. The first topic is about the European Year 2010 for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion and the second about the European Year 2009 of Creativity and Innovation. Both communities are set to support teachers who intend to collaborate with European schools on such theme projects in the school year 2010-2011. Any teachers interested to participate can subscribe in advance by completing the online application forms for each e-Network. For your convenience, you can click EY2010 and EY2009.

The role of those e-Networks is:

to encourage and guide teachers through planning and implementing successful eTwinning projects step-by-step (e.g. pedagogical objectives, ICT tools, evaluation),
to model activities, games and lesson plans to be used as such or adapted to their teaching context,
to provide them with useful educational resources on those topics,
to support them with forums for discussing, sharing ideas and collaborating,
to make their end-product public to other community members,
to organise online contests for the best and most innovative teaching practices.

In particular, the Creativity e-Network seeks to enhance learner-centred objectives, such as students’ active participation and development of their creativity. Moreover, multimodal literacies are fostered, ranging from traditional language-communication, maths, science and social skills to digital literacies.

The rationale behind launching the Greek e-Networks

According to the Greek NSS, although the European Union is one of the richest regions in the world, 16% of European citizens find it hard to make ends meet, and 79 million people are below poverty threshold. In Europe, one out of ten household members are totally unemployed. Moreover, about 8% of the European population being now employed cannot ensure themselves an escape from poverty. In addition, nearly one out of five children is in danger of poor bringing-up with lifelong implications.

Taking into account that poverty and social exclusion impact on society, the EU has initiated a campaign for combating those social phenomena. On the one hand, it aims to highlight the human rights of dignity and social inclusion, and on the other hand, to raise awareness of collective responsibility and action for achieving this.

On the Greek eTwinning portal, as far as the second e-Network is concerned, we can read about the importance of creativity for human life. By considering it a synonym for innovation, open-mindedness and flexible problem-solving skills, the full development of one’s creative potential seems to be lying in a free open society that promotes a multilingual and multicultural democracy.

Significant research work has been done in the field of creativity and its manifestations (De Bono, 2003; Gardner, 1993; Runco & Albert, 1990; Sternberg & Lubart, 1991 κ.α.). The crucial role of school in students’ development of creativity is highly acknowledged by scientific studies. With respect to this, formal education curriculum should open up new ways for students’ creativity outlet (Lynch & Harris, 2001; Sternberg, 1999), because school classroom is conceived as a social and academic environment whereby not only teaching and learning but also diverse social interaction take place among the stakeholders (teachers, students, parents, agents).

What are the advantages for eTwinners’ involvement in such initiatives?

Your register to e-Networks will:

create new attractive perspectives for your school community,
increase your stakeholders’ participation levels,
accommodate for the human rights to personal growth and self-fulfillment,
motivate your students to fully exploit their creativity and express their potential,
promote a quality learning environment,
inspire social values, such as equal opportunity, welfare, inclusion, anti-discrimination, quality human life, social and gender equality.

So, why not anticipate and look for partnerships? Even if you are on summer vacations, I think it is worth considering your contribution to the Greek eTwinning theme Networks for the coming school year!

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4-seasons eTwinning in Greece

Posted by Maria on July 28, 2010

You must be wondering what is so urgent for another blogpost……….Well, summertime appears to be a much promising and active season for eTwinners. So, if you have run across this news, I strongly recommend you keep reading it through.

The Ministry of Education, Lifelong Learning & Religious Affairs is interested in recruiting 15 volunteer “ambassadors” for a two school year period of service. Teachers that live and work in the administrative regions of Attica, Central Macedonia, Western Greece, Central Greece, Eastern Macedonia & Thrace, Peloponnese, Western Macedonia, Thessalia, Crete, Hpeiros, Ionian Sea Islands, South Aegean and North Aegean Sea Islands can apply for those positions.

Are there any qualifications? Yes….
If you have taught for about three to five years in the primary or secondary education and you hold a certificate of English language proficiency at a B2 level, why don’t you start thinking about it?
In addition, if you have carried out successfully an eTwinning project partnership or another programme at a European or international level and you have integrated ICT in your teaching context, I suggest you consider yourself seriously for those vacancies. Moreover, if you have certified your ICT skills, you should not spend even a minute on having second thoughts.

What’s next?
Any matching candidates are asked to complete an online application form at the website of the Greek National Support Service (NSS) till 2nd of August 2010. To access this, you can click here.

But what about the duties of eTwinning ambassadors?
1. They monitor the progress of projects carried out by schools and individual teachers in the region under their supervision.
2. They organise and evaluate two workshops (at least) in the largest towns of their region.
3. They write a short report of actions taken every four months and submit it to the eTwinning NSS.
4. They report their participation in workshops, seminars and conferences about the eTwinning action to the NSS
5. They regularly use e-learning tools which have been adopted and supported by the NSS.
6. They take part and support other actions of the NSS on a local basis.

Are you feeling uneasy or even perplexed?
You should not worry at all because you can count on the NSS. The chosen ambassadors are going to participate in training programmes by the NSS at the beginning of the following two school years (2010-2011 and 2011-2012).

By the way, did you miss the opportunity to help beat the target of 5,000 wishes for eTwinning 5th anniversary? You can make up for it here. The renewed deadline is December 31st, 2010. Good luck!!!

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