Preparing Pupils for a Changing Planet: learner empowerment and cultural competence through innovative best practice

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EDEN Open Classroom Conference: Porto, October 2009. Authors: Dr Alan Bruce, Anestis Papadopoulis (Platon School, Katerini, Greece)

EDEN Open Classroom Conference: Porto, October 2009. Authors: Dr Alan Bruce, Anestis Papadopoulis (Platon School, Katerini, Greece)

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  • 1. PREPARING PUPILS FOR A CHANGING PLANET Learner Empowerment and Cultural Competence through Innovative Best Practice Anestis Papadopoulos, Platon School, Katerini, Greece Alan Bruce, Universal Learning Systems, Dublin, Ireland 7 th EDEN Open Classroom Conference: Porto 15-17 October 2009
  • 2. Thematic issues
    • Technology and innovation supporting learning
    • Re-evaluation of traditional methods and structures
    • Change and transformation needs
    • Impact of globalization
    • Stakeholder and community linkage
    • Access and social inclusion
    • Transnational linkage
  • 3. Supporting the innovative learning community
    • Community development
    • Social solidarity
    • Environmental management and conservation
    • Arts and culture
    • Sports and leisure
    • Health and well-being
    • Social inclusion and demographic change
    • Advanced technologies
  • 4. Platon School
    • Organization type: Private school founded 1997
    • Location: Katerini, Greece
    • Number of students: 350 (academic year 2009-2010)
    • Four-levels:
      • Kindergarten (ages: 4-6)
      • Primary (ages: 7-12)
      • Gymnasium (ages: 13-15)
      • Lyceum (ages: 16-18)
  • 5. Technology and EU Projects
    • Lingua-e (1999)
    • Comenius SPEAK (2008-10)
    • Minerva EDUCONLINUX (2007-09)
    • free open source software
    • asynchronous e-learning courses
    • ETwinning
  • 6. Educational System in Greece
    • Conservative
    • Strict
    • Inflexible
    • Examination-driven
    • Resistant to application of new technologies
    • Pupil
    • Competence
    • Community
    • Technological support
    • International cooperation
    • Learning process (application modes)
    • Individual value (Humanistic approach)
    • Current structure of public schools could be described as:
    • Innovative learning strategy applied by Platon School focuses on:
  • 7.
    • “ Spirit” dimension components form the basis of the school’s didactical aims structure.
    • To complete the educational process, remaining components were used in the creation of thematic units, counseling sessions and outdoor activities.
    Humanistic approach (Four dimensions)
  • 8.
    • Development of didactic units
    Humanistic approach (four dimensions)
  • 9. Consultation A significant aspect of Platon School initiative is the parallel involvement of parents, families, communities and teaching staff in a coordinated way.
  • 10. Application (modes)
    • Didactical aims per month
    Month Didactical Aim Details October Comprehension Attention Recognition of information Understanding of information November Memory Storage of information Conservation Recall December Critical thinking (Convergent) Ability to analyze Comparison Classification of information Interconnection of information February Creative thinking (Divergent) Search and create alternative solutions Synthesis of information Transformation of information ( change of use ) Redefinition of information ( elaboration to be more functional, attractive ) March Appraisal Problem solving , decision taking April Creativity and personality Desire for new experiences Curiosity Independent judgment Preference on challenges and complex cases Self esteem Self-defined regulation of behavior through inner or inward motives
  • 11. Individual or team work assessments
    • Thematic units per grade
    7 th grade 8 th grade 1 st semester 2 nd semester 1 st semester 2 nd semester Arts Household life Ethical values History (alternative) Healthy nutrition Road safety and behavior Biographies of important people Athletics First aid Safe internet Knowledge of environment Music Learn my body Evaluation of TV programs Functionality and aesthetics of places, persons Volunteering All year Creativity and emotions Creativity and emotions Sexual edification
  • 12. Individual or team work assessments
    • Thematic units per grade
    9 th grade 10 th grade 1 st semester 2 nd semester 1 st semester 2 nd semester History (alternative) Emergence and solution of a regional important issue Science and daily life History (alter) Biographies of important people Cinema Global environmental issue Abuse Regional environmental issue Europe Design of educational computer game All year Creativity and emotions Creativity and emotions Career planning Career planning Entrepreneurship
  • 13.
    • These clubs occupy a minimum of two hours per week.
    System of clubs
  • 14. Counseling
    • Each mentor/ teacher is responsible for eight pupils, with the following duties :
    • Beginning of school year:
      • Overall pupil and parent briefing according to teaching and behavior objectives
    • During the school year:
      • 15-minutes Friday meetings for pupil progress evaluation
      • Principal and parents briefing about pupils progress
    • End of school year:
      • Annual evaluation and next year suggestions
  • 15. Annual Schedule of Outdoor Activities Date Title Objective Activity Game Food Location September 25 th « Man in the sea …» Dealing with dangerous situations in water . Sand sculpture competition Beach football - beach volley B Β Q Paralia, Katerini (beach) November 8 th The « secrets » of fire … Correct use of fire and precautions Competition: «Ancient methods of starting a fire». Funny relay race Picnic Platanodasos (forest) February 7 th « Snow experience » Snow survival. Snow racket preparation . Skiing and sledge riding Hot chocolate at the ski resort chalet Elatochori (ski resort)
  • 16. Annual Schedule of Outdoors Activities Date Title Objective Activity Game Food Location April 18 th « Spring is here …» Orientation and map reading. Slide show on Olympus Mountain and walk in natural pathways. Lost treasure hunt Lunch at the mountain refuge “ Crevatia” Olympus Mt refuge May 9 th « Sailing experience » Introduction to sailing secrets . Sailing. Sea questions– free time Sea food snacks Platamonas, Katerini (Aegean sea)
  • 17.
    • Stages
    Evaluation Process
  • 18. Future challenges
    • Creation of educational computer game to cover pupils’ need for play (and parents’ demand for safe play and education) to achieve learning in an enjoyable way.
    • Development of an interactive electronic platform for teaching, learning and communicating.
    • Elaboration of key factors, pedagogical methods and tools for the school of the future.
  • 19. Embedded innovative learning
    • Increased application on new knowledge
    • Open and distance learning technologies facilitating learners and staff competence
    • Transformation of traditional teaching role to mentoring, guiding and facilitation
    • Development of network of innovative best practice at European level
  • 20. Conclusions
    • Platon School is developing a strategic vision which optimizes the use of advanced technologies within the context of a person centred, value enhanced learning paradigm.
    • This paradigm locates the individual’s learning progress in relation to self-autonomy, reflective learning and reference to family and community.
    • Platon School regards this innovative approach as a contribution to the creation of adaptable and productive schools required in Greece and Europe to address future needs.
  • 21. Thank you
    • Anestis Papadopoulos
    • Alan Bruce
    • October 2009