March 29-31, 2019 | Nicosia – Cyprus
It is a training course for training the trainers. The participants are staff from school education (such as teachers) and staff from partners. The training course will be developed in workshops in the following stages:
- Presentation of the training curricula and its importance.
- Training on how the handbook, e-learning platform and the game will be used in school, in curricula in various environmental school activities.
- Training in outdoor setting. The participants will have the opportunity to apply the activities of the training activity in the field.
The Training Activity is important for the trans-national character of the project.
The Final Conference aimed to present all the final outcomes of the project in an integrated way in order to maximize the impact of the results achieved in the course of the project implementation and raise maximum awareness around the project, by organizing a major event in Crete and inviting all interested stakeholders to take part, not only from the Consortium and Crete, but also from all possible countries and organisations. The Final Conference was held at FORTH on November 21st 2019. Aim of the Final Conference was not only to present the project and its outcomes but also to maximize and raise awareness on marine pollution, by understanding the scientific, but also various other environmental and systemic aspects of marine pollution. To this end various invited talks were held, apart from the presentation of the project and the innovative educational and electronic tools produced. More than 65 people participated at the Final Conference, with more than 40 participants namely teachers, educators, school directors, governmental representatives in the area of education and environment from Crete, apart from the international participants and members of the project Consortium. During the Final Conference, the outcomes of the use of the new integrated educational Sea4All material in classroom, and in different levels of education were also presented. Also, after the end of the formal Final Conference, two parallel Workshops followed, with methods and ideas of practical use for the Sea4All educational and electronic material for the primary and secondary education. During Registration, all participants received a hard copy of the Pedagogical Handbook in Greek (in form of a box with 10 different leaflets containing 10 different issues each). All participants were very impressed by the Handbook giving them an extra motivation to use it in the classroom.
The multiplier Event aimed to maximize the impact of the results achieved in the course of the project implementation. To maximize impact two Multiplier Events were scheduled by RDPSEC. One was mostly a Workshop in Heraklion and the second took place at the Chryssi island near Ierapetra as a Field Study, in order to raise awareness among the teachers, as this is a small island with no inhabitants but with a very fragile environment. The Workshop was held at FORTH on October 9th, and it was more workshop-oriented in order to present and explore not only the new educational tools but also the electronic. (All participants had to bring their laptops along). At the Workshop around 32 teachers, educators, school directors, and governmental representatives in the area of education and environment, took part, while at the Field Study 22 people participated mainly from the region of Lasithi (East Crete) including teachers, educators, scientists and members of the Consortium, as this was a different experience valuable for all members. At the Multiplier Event in Heraklion, the Sea4All project and its outcomes were presented along with the achievements. All outcomes and innovative tools (educational and electronic) were discussed and feedback collected. Also two workshops were conducted on the innovative educational and electronic tools.
At the Field Study, a first presentation of the project, its achievements and its tools took place, especially for the teachers who were not present at the Mutliplier Event and in continuation the Field Study on the island, took place under the guidance of the Educational.
Results and Feedback
Teachers mostly liked the high quality of the material and the connection with the e-game. They also appreciated the complementarity between educational and pedagogical handbook that was found very important for in depth preparation of their work. The presentation of competences and their relation with the goals for sustainable development, the principles of transformational learning through the teaching and learning material, the examples of micro-teaching session that were offered with the in doors and out doors workshops gained their attention and their interest.
In conclusion, teachers and educators who attended the multiplier events, were very enthusiastic and expressed their satisfaction from their participation at seminar and field study. They also expressed the need for a follow up initiative on the same subject. After this experience, RDPSEC with the Center of Environmental Education of Ierapetra decided to propose the creation of a network of schools in order to work on marine pollution issues based on the output, results and materials of Sea4All project. In order to prepare the ground, the RDPSEC planned a series of conferences all over Crete where it will be presented in details the principles, aims and outputs of the project while the participants will get the hard copy of the pedagogical handbook
To maximize impact the Multiplier Event was held at the School Inspectorate of Arad on the 3rd of October 2019 with 38 participants namely teachers, educators, school directors, governmental representatives in the area of education and environment, apart from the officials from the Municipality and other institutions in town. During the Event, the Sea4All project and its outcomes were presented along with the achievements. All outcomes and innovative tools (educational and electronic) were discussed and feedback collected.
Results and Feedback
Apart from the presentations on the project and and the educational and electonic tools that were created, during the Event, also relevant issues were discussed like: a) the importance of the students to be taught starting with an early age of the problems regarding the environment and the duty of the citizens to take care of it and save it when and if necessary, b) the interest and impact that the project Sea4All had in schools among young students, c) the digital competences that students aquired during the Sea4All project (as an example of good practice), e) examples of experience with the work in the project. She talked about the everyday problems encountered but also about what were the strong and weak points of working with students for such activities, f) the game was a complete success in the pilot schools in Romania.
To maximize impact two Multiplier Event were held in the University of Cardiff on the 23rd and 27th of September 2019 with 21 participants in total, namely teachers, educators, school directors, governmental representatives in the area of education and environment, as well as scientists and students. During the Event, the Sea4All project and its outcomes were presented along with the achievements. All outcomes and innovative tools (educational and electronic) were discussed and feedback collected.
Results and Feedback
The first Sea4All multiplier event at Cardiff gathered four participants from Schools and Local Education Authorities in South Wales, together with a mix of students and postgraduates. A total of 10 people attended this first event. It led to very lively discussions between participants. Of particular importance were the participation of the new School Officer and Inspector for Schools in South Wales, who provided plenty of feedback during and after the multiplier event. There were important discussions regarding teaching material, South Wales’ syllabi in Schools, and effective ways to deliver Sea4All’s material during the presentations and e-learning/e-game tests.
The second of the Sea4All multiplier events held at Cardiff was attended by five participants from Schools around Cardiff and, once again, the Local Education Authority in South Wales (CSC – https://www.cscjes.org.uk/). Seven postgraduate students from Cardiff University also attended the event, for a total of 11 people. Compared to the first event, there was less time devoted to discussing the game, but the professional audience was keen on posing questions about how the e-learning modules and the e-game.
The Representative from CSC was very impressed with the potential applications of the e-learning modules to change the schools’ curricula in Wales. All participants thoroughly enjoyed to play with the e-game.
The multiplier Event aimed to maximize the impact of the results achieved in the course of the project implementation. To maximize impact two Multiplier Events were held on two different parts of the island of Cyprus, in view of engaging more participants from different places and making the most of their presence. The 1st was held at Akrotiri Environmental Information and Education Centre, on Wednesday 4th of September 2019 and the second at Kavo Greko Environmental Information and Education Centre, on Thursday 5th of September 2019. Altogether both Events were attended by 40 participants namely teachers and educators. During the Event, the Sea4All project and its outcomes were presented along with the achievements. All outcomes and innovative tools (educational and electronic) were discussed and feedback collected.
Results and Feedback
The participants expressed their willingness to reinforce awareness-raising on marine pollution. They all agreed that marine pollution is a very critical issue and we need to educate the students towards the direction of marine protection. They showed their interest on the material and where very pleased since there is no other relative educational tool in Cyprus about marine pollution. Most of them said that they will use the activities and the e-game in their classroom. They stated that the material is easily understood and can be used in lots of different school lessons (history, geography, science, etc.).