EDUCATORS DAY: Wednesday 12/12/2018
Place: PALOURIOTISSA GYMNASIUM
Subject: STE(A)M approach and integration of emerging technologies within the framework of the Erasmus+ Project EL-STEM
During the first part of the workshop, a short presentation of the objectives of the EL-STEM program was presented by the project coordinator and representative of the Open University of Cyprus, Mr. Stathis Mavrotheris and a brief greeting from the school headmistress Mrs Eleni Papastefanou. Subsequently, the representative of the European University of Cyprus, Prof. Maria Meletiou-Mavrotheris, presented the interdisciplinary STE(A)M approach and inquiry-based learning. Next, there was a presentation of the implementation of interdisciplinary courses by the teachers of the school Mrs. Andri Pontiki (mathematics teacher) and Mrs. Myrias Theodoridou (physics teacher).
Then, the participating teachers were divided into groups of 5-7 people from different disciplines and given the thematic scenario “Tower of Pisa”, where they had to design and develop an interdisciplinary STE(A)M scenario, based on the inquiry-based approach. Once the groups have completed their work, one person from each group presented the scenario to the others. The first part of the workshop was completed with discussion and exchange of views among teachers. Coordinator of the above activity was Mrs. Ilona-Elefteryja Lasica, Ph.D. Candidate at the European University Cyprus.
In the second part of the workshop, only teachers of STEM-related courses were involved. Initially, Mrs. Ilona-Elefteryja Lasica introduced the Virtual and Augmented Reality technologies (VR/AR) and their applications in education. Then, teachers had the opportunity to get in touch with one AR application, HP Reveal. Finally, there was a presentation of the applications that were implemented in the classes by the teachers Andri and Myria, where the difficulties that arose during these interventions were mentioned and how they were eventually successfully addressed. The seminar was concluded with a discussion and encouragement for teachers to participate in the formal training that will follow in a short period of time.