Transforming school classrooms into real innovation labs

The project was inspired by the need to promote coding in Greek primary education. It fostered the exploration of the actual use of digital technologies in the Schools, the way new technologies could transform School classrooms into real labs and the level of impact in the improvement of the digital skills of teachers and pupils.

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The project fostered the exploration of the actual use of digital technologies in the Schools, the way new technologies could transform School classrooms into real labs and the level of impact in the improvement of the digital skills of teachers and pupils.

The project was designed by the Unit of Innovation, engaging different stakeholders, such as public and private sector organizations, service providers, pupils, teachers and professionals from local authorities. The stakeholders contributed to the design team thinking, helping identify challenges, strategic opportunities, and project management.

At first, when areas of intervention were agreed, a gap analysis was performed in order to assess the current and expected situation so that the added value of the implementation of this experimental pilot project could be evaluated. In addition, the innovation team benchmarked findings of the data analysis stage with the use of cases and results from other countries, as well as E.C. studies and action plans, which were taken into account.

The project started in September 2018, with a train-the-trainer workshop for ICT Teachers of Primary education. 21 Teachers from 18 schools from different regions of Greece followed the workshop.

In October 2018, 109 pupils 7-9 years old attended the Launch Event of the project and an intensive 2- day coding workshop and produced -with the guidance of their school teachers- animated graphics in teams.

For a period of 5 months, the pupils worked using their resources to accomplish their tasks. They uploaded the intermediate and final deliverables in a collaborative platform used by all the schools, developing project management skills ending on creating animation videos, during their ICT class in the School.

On 30 March 2019, at the Closing Ceremony, the pupils came together to present through the animation they created with coding their city and received a Certificate of Completion of the Project by the Minister of Interior.

The project was scaled up in classrooms and engaged more than 350 pupils. During this project pupils and teachers developed a set of digital and soft skills, such as project management, communication, teamwork, etc.

The findings of the project will be used in the design of future projects.

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Year: 2018
Level of government: National/Federal government

Status:

  • Diffusing Lessons - using what was learnt to inform other projects and understanding how the innovation can be applied in other ways

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