The project “hAPPy Students” aims to integrate several educational applications in the teaching process. The coordinating school has early enough detected the difficulties that the primary school pupils face with Maths and Physics. They communicated these concerns at the local Directorate of Primary Education and in 2019 a consortium for a KA101 Erasmus+ Funding for the embedding of STEM Education in the Primary schools’ curriculum was created. Since then, a lot of STEM activities have taken place in this school. To take a step forward, the coordinating school has started implementing lesson plans with the use of educational apps. The use of educational apps in the school curriculum is expected to make the teaching of the different subjects, especialy Maths, Physics and Technology more efficient,
introducing the inquiry learning in these subjects. Students spend quite a lot of time on their phones or computers and often this activity has negative effects on their performance in school. We intend to use applications and embed them in the school’s curriculum in order to improve students’ literacy and numeracy skills. Thus, the students will spend quality time in front of their electronic devices. Since there is sufficient number of students in difficult situations (refugees, pupils with special education needs) the lessons will be structured in such way that these children are included in the pedagogical process. The coordinating school is the 2nd Primary school of Lamia, Central Greece.
The partner schools are:
Huerta de la Cruz school in Algeciras, Spain
Istituto Comprensivo ” A.Leonori ” in Rome, Italy
“Atgimimo“ School in Druskininkai, Lithouania
SJSP Spoleczna jezykowa szkola podstawowa in Lebork, Poland and
Sehit Yilmaz Bozkurt Ortaokulu in Adana, Turkey
The schools in Greece and Spain are experienced in using modern technology in the classroom. The Spanish school uses innovative teaching methods such as special software for the teaching of several lessons, Google Suite for Education and several apps. This innovative teaching has been very fruitful for the pupils and the staff of the School. Last year, the school won the first prize in a very important European Competition, ie. Science on Stage. These two schools lack experience in Erasmus+ KA229 Projects. The Italian and Polish schools are experienced in this field. They are currently participating in such projects. The Italian one has taken part in several Erasmus+ projects over the past years. The Turkish and Lithouanian schools don’t have experience neither in European Programs nor in educational apps. They were selected because some of their teachers are very active in the field of teaching Maths and Physics. During this project, 11 educational apps are going to be introduced. In each LTT there will be a workshop for the participating teachers held by the Greek or Spanish schools, during which they will be presented the use of 2 or 3 apps in teaching different subjects. These teachers will then present the apps to their peers at their schools and they will embbed them in the teaching process. The eTwinning platform will be used for the exchange of lesson plans including the use of these apps and common projects between the partner schools. The Italian school will undertake the assessment of the project and the evaluation of the project activities. The Greek school will be responsible for the project’s coordination, the blog and Facebook page, as well as for the assessment of the lesson plans created by the partner schools. The Turkish school will be responsible for the eTwinning platform. The Spanish school will be in charge of the educational applications and tools that are going to be used. Finaly, the Polish and Lithouanian schools will be responsible for the projects’s manual. In the end of the project, there will be a manual published in the 6 languages of the project partners. In this manual, the best lesson plans that contain educational apps introduced during the project will be published. It will be uploaded in the websites of the partner schools and the local Directorated of Education, so that they can be accessible by all the schools in the regions of the partner schools.