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Preparing primary-school teachers to integrate Web 2.0 Tools

Teachers today are faced with many challenges. While integrating technology in the classroom should be something all teachers enthusiastically embrace, the rapid onslaught of new tools has left teachers overwhelmed and unmotivated. Many primary schools have invested in hardware, software, and internet access but in order for the curriculum to be truly integrated, teachers must also invest their time and effort to learn how to enhance their lessons with the various tools at their disposal. The instructional goal, therefore, of the first professional development series is that given…

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Intercultural Education

Psychological-social adjustment and learning of students of various national and cultural groups In order to address the problems encountered in recent decades after the influx of immigrants in educational contexts in Europe and the US, experimental education models were elaborated and applied in order to smooth integration and psychological-social adjustment and learning of students of various national and cultural groups in the education systems of countries hosting migrants. The various forms of educational approaches are known with different definitions as multicultural, intercultural or antiracist education, education for diversity…

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Environmental Education

Environmental Education (EE) aims at teaching children from a young age to be environmentally aware, offering the perfect chance for educators to build lifelong habits that could potentially make a significant difference in the future of our planet. Sustainability and Environment are recognized within public discourse as crucial topics. Consequently, it is essential to realize that the concept of Environmental Education is continually changing towards Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). ESD contains all the goals and principles of EE but it also aims at the transformation of human…

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Entrepreneurship Education

Through the Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan and the Communication on Education Redesign, the European Commission has highlighted the need to integrate business education into all areas of education, including non-formal learning. In order to support productivity and growth in Europe, it is vital to invest in education and training. Europe needs creative and innovative entrepreneurs; it also needs a flexible and resilient workforce equipped with the necessary and basic skills. The European Commission recognizes entrepreneurship education as a means of boosting the entrepreneurial spirit of young people. In…

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Effective communication – Teaching and learning strategies

The purpose of good communication is to get the right message to the right people in the right way. It sounds simple, but many people fail to organize their communications properly, leading to misunderstanding, frustration and missed opportunities. More than ever before, its importance is heightened by the fact that the whole world has now become a global village due to the development of modern technology. The place of effective communication is so central and indispensable in the classroom teaching and learning process. Teachers in the classroom require…

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Edward de Bono’s Six thinking hats for effective problem solving and exploring new ideas

Six thinking hats is a thinking skills training course from Edward de Bono which teaches parallel thinking as an alternative to argument.  Six thinking hats helps put our opinions and egos aside so we can focus on a way forward, without argument. Participants learn how to separate emotion from facts, the positive from the negative and critical thinking from creative thinking Objectives The main objective of the course is to prepare participants to professionally lead creative and constructive thinking sessions in schools or their organisations. By the end…

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Museum Education – An alternative, fun and interactive way of teaching through museums
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Museum Education – An alternative, fun and interactive way of teaching through museums

Teachers today face many challenges and one of the most important is that they need to make children develop enthusiasm for the knowledge they provide. One way to achieve that is to bring children out of the classroom and let them discover the knowledge given in other forms of education, such as a museum. Most people regard museums as non-easily approachable places, especially made for certain categories of the public, rather boring and reflecting an older, no contemporary era, nevertheless the educational role of museums has been identified…

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Teaching Science – Innovative and fun approaches for scientific enquiry

The world is a rapidly changing environment and we need inspired scientists to continue the process of discovery across all sectors – from health and medicine to information technology. We should always remember that it all starts with school education experience. Science provides the development of skills of students’ asking questions and making investigations; making hypothesis, inference of results of experiments to students. Like learning to count or to read, learning how to do science is a lifelong progress. Children of all ages benefit from exposure to science…

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Child Sexual Abuse

Protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse In order to disseminate and reinforce the implementation of the Council of Europe Treaty (Lanzarote Convention) for the protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse, the Council of Europe warns that "One in five children" will fall victim of sexual violence! For the prevention of a particularly heinous phenomenon that has long-term consequences, which affect many aspects of the child's life and psychosocial status, schools should develop a systematic approach that includes action at multiple levels: awareness…

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Cartoons as an alternative educational tool

In the age of digitization of public and private life, it is essential for the reading skills to be enriched with new semiotic modes helping students to adapt to the new social reality. In parallel, Europe fronts mass displacements and relocations of populations creating multicultural societies and educational environments. Thus, the teaching of language is needed to be approached in a multimodal way, while simultaneously is aimed at the students transformation through a critical analysis of discourses, the realization of their reality, and the production of new multimodal…

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