Two Satellite events were carried out in December 2021, by Pencho Mihnev and Temenuzhka Zafirova-Malcheva, of Sofia University:
- December 13th, 2021 - Приобщаващо образование чрез LearningApps.org - available in Bulgarian [link]
- December 16th, 2021 - Inclusive Learning via LearningApps.org - available in English [link]
The recordings of the events are publicy provided under the Creative Common licence Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Italy (CC BY-NC 2.0 IT)
The first PLEIADE multiplier event will be held as a pre-conference event of the ATEE spring conference, on April 20th, 2022. Chaired by Donatella Persico and Francesca Pozzi, this multiplier event will take the form of a workshop, addressing teacher educators, teachers, policy makers, school principals, researchers and other stakeholders interested in improving the abilty of European systems to cater for the diverse needs of their students through collaborative learning approaches.
More information about this event can be found here. Participation is free of charge but registration is mandatory.
The second Short-term Joint Staff Training Event of the PLEIADE project was held between the 18th and the 31st of October, 2021, on the PLEIADE gamified platform. The event was supposed to be held face-to-face but due to the COVID-related safety measures it has been held as an online meeting. The agenda of the event was conceived in a very flexible way, alternating plenary sessions with group work, mostly at national level.
On December 2021, PLEIADE launches a series of Satellite Events, that is, short training events concerning themes related to the project held by internal and external invited experts. Each event will be held in English, Greek, Italian or Bulgarian, and will be open to primary or lower secondary teachers. The calendar of these events can be found here.
PLEIADE project aims at strengthening the role of the teacher and tackle school disadvantages, by improving teachers’ ability to design learning activities that foster collaboration and inclusion of students.
During the first year of the project, a blended training initiative for teachers was designed and is currently being delivered to a group of teachers from schools located in Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece and Italy. Teachers are learning about collaboration for inclusion through a gamified platform.
Three Intellectual Outputs were released to the public in 2021:
IO1 Blended Teachers’ Professional Development (TPD) pathway: describing the teachers’ training pathway;
IO2 Hybrid I4Ts game: a game to support teachers in designing collaborative learning activities;
IO3 Gamified platform for the Blended Training Activities (BTAs): the platform where the training will take place.
Update on teachers’ training activities
The teacher’s training (Blended Training Activities or BTAs) has started on 20 May 2021 and comprises synchronous and asynchronous activities, such as attendance of webinars and development and delivery of group projects. Teachers are working in groups, supervised by tutors from Istituto Tecnologie Didattiche – Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Genova, Italy) and Sofia University St Kliment Ohridski. Teachers can communicate through a Moodle-based platform and their training is based on a space journey metaphor.
Three Short term Joint Staff Training Events (SJSTE) are offered as synchronous training experiences for the teachers, as part of the Blended Training Activities.
First SJSTE – 17-25 June 2021
This First SJSTE aimed at introducing teachers to the core concepts of the project (inclusion, learning design and collaborative learning) and to foster the community building process. Webinars and collaborative activities were organised by Istituto Tecnologie Didattiche – Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Genova, Italy).
Teachers had the chance to reflect critically on the concept of inclusion and share their understanding of the concepts as well as their teaching experience. Moreover, teachers analysed their teaching practices and read back some examples of inclusive collaborative activities they had already implemented in the light of the 4TS model (Task, Teams, Time, Technology), adopted throughout the project to support the design process.
First SJSTE – Lesson learned and Perspectives
After the First SJSTE the following results were achieved:
1. A critical analysis in term of inclusion assets and issues of five collaborative techniques, to be adopted in the process of designing collaborative inclusive activities during the PLEIADE Blended Training Activities.
2. The description of already implemented inclusive collaborative activities according to the 4Ts model, that is the reference framework of the project. This activity allowed the teachers to familiarise with the model and re-design the activities in accordance with the new competences acquired during the SJSTE.
First SJSTE – Testimonials from the teachers and tutors
– ”Language barriers were difficult to overcome, but the experts from Sofia University were very helpful” Tsvetelina Georgieva, teacher from Narodni Buditeli 144 School in Sofia, Bulgaria
– ”Attending the Short-term Joint Staff Training Event was a very demanding, intensive experience, but it was worth the effort” Elli Stylianou, teacher from Neapolis Gymnasium, Limassol, Cyprus
– ”Everybody found the idea, the concept and the fields of study very interesting” Kleio Anagnostou, teacher from Avgoulea-Linardatou School, Athens, Greece
– ”The first Short-term Joint Staff Training Event took place in a very hectic period for us because we had exams. However, most teachers enjoyed the event and its gamified approach very much” Marilina Lonigro, teacher from Rocca-Bovio-Palumbo School, Trani, Italy
– ”The space journey metaphor suits very well to gamify the Blended Training Activities and the participating teachers picked it up very quickly” Francesca Dagnino, tutor and BTA leader from Istituto Tecnologie Didattiche – Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Genova, Italy
The participants thank the tutors from Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche and Sofia University St Kliment Ohridski.
What comes next?
The Second SJSTE is planned online on 18-27 October 2021.
The teachers are looking forward to meet in presence and that will be hopefully possible in the third SJSTE
The Blended Training Activities are expected to end in April 2022 and will be followed by Enactment in classroom context, reaching out to 600 students. The enactment phase is planned to run from February 2022 to March 2023.
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PLEIADE partner Marilina Lonigro, teacher at the Rocca Bovio Palumbo school, presented the PLEIADE Project at the EDEN Virtual Annual Conference 2021, hosted by UNED, Madrid, Spain.
The presentation, entitled "PLEIADE in a nutshell", was given during the Synergy Session of the Annual Conference on 24 June 2021 and was attended by 25 participants in Zoom, while another 52 watched on YouTube.
The first Short-term Joint Staff Training Event (SJSTE) of the PLEIADE project was held between June 17th and June 25th, 2021 on the PLEIADE gamified platform. The event was supposed to be held face-to-face but due to the COVID-related safety measures it has been held as an online syncronous meeting. Participation is restricted to project participants, but the June 23rd session is open to the public and features a round table with international experts on collaborative learning, inclusion, learning design, gamification. Information on this public session be found on the Conference website.
PLEIADE organized a pre-conference event of the 6th conference on Smart Learning Ecosystems and Regional Development (SLERD 2021) entitled "Social inclusion at school: new perspectives for a smart learning ecosystem”
The agenda for the event is available here. The PLEIADE Advisory Board members participated in a Round Table with invited discussants, inclund the PLEIADE project evaluator.
The first three intellectual outputs of the PLEIADE project have been released to the public!
- The first output (IO1) describes the Blended Training Activities that will start next week, and last for a year. In these activities, 75 teachers from Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, and Italy will collaborate and learn about learning design, collaborative learning, and social inclusion.
- The second output (IO2) is the I4T game, a hybrid (digital/tangible) card-based game for teachers that want to design inclusive and collaborative activities for their students.
- The third output (IO3) is the gamified platform that will host the the training activities, including all webinars.
All three outputs are accessible on the project website.
The project partners met virtually with the advisory board members on 18 and 22 March and presented the first three Intellectual Outputs of the project, to be released soon:
- IO1 – Blended Teachers’ Professional Development (TPD) pathway, led by CNR-ITD (National Research Council, Italy) – This output consists in Blended Training Activities that will be attended by 75 teachers during 13 months.
- IO2 – Hybrid I4Ts game, led by Open Lab (Italy) – This output is a tangible/digital game aimed to support teachers in designing collaborative and inclusion-oriented learning activities for their students. Any collaborative activity will be designed on the basis of 4 variables: Task, Team, Time and Technology.
- IO3 – Gamified platform for the Blended Training Activities (BTAs), developed by CNR-ITD and University of Sofia – This platform will host and support the online component of the PLEIADE Training Activities for teachers and specifically the sharing and peer review of the learning activities conceptualised with IO2.
The key contributions of the four partner schools in Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece and Italy will ensure that these tools resonate with end-users’ needs and requirements.
The partners also discussed about arrangements for dissemination, accreditation and quality control of the IOs in an informal and playful atmosphere.
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