Greece implemented 28 pilots in schools across the country and actively involved 845 students and 29 teachers. Teachers applied the pilots in their schools, adjusting the suggested good practices to fit their classroom needs. Another 163 teachers were involved during the five two-hour coaching sessions of the pilots, while dissemination included a call to all the Greek schools through the Ministry of Education that sent a circular announcement. In addition, SciCo implemented its own pilot in collaboration with the programme “Open Schools” of the Municipality of Athens.
The pilots in Greece vary on different levels: the number of students participating varies in the schools, from small pilots with specific objectives - such as the five blind and vision-impaired students in the STEM induction through ICT at the 6th Secondary School of Thessaloniki - to large ones - like the science day implemented at the Experimental High School of Patras with the active participation of 100 students and a much larger audience.
It is also remarkable how schools from rural areas took advantage of their surroundings and implemented pilots under the Outdoor Activities axis. Two examples are quite intriguing: mathematics out of the classroom where students calculated the height of various objects in accordance with the geometry curriculum in the area of Messini in South Greece (Peloponnese) and where students drew geometrical flowers, using the GeoGebra software in their school yard (qualifying for both ICT and Outdoor Activities) in the town of Assiros in Northern Greece.
Most of the participating teachers are willing to keep up and keep implementing MARCH's good practices in their lesson plans and deliveries. In order to further empower them, a networking day will be organised at the Ministry of Education where teachers who have implemented the pilots will be invited to discuss challenges, common problems and solutions and collaboration opportunities. In addition, SciCo has been offered the opportunity to expand the activities on robotics to more schools for the entire school year of 2016 – 2017. Finally, a small team of highly-dedicated teachers have expressed their interest in creating a “MARCH network” where teachers will exchange equipment and good practices on a local level, as well as working together in events to enhance collaboration and to further develop their teaching tools and skills.
You can find out more about the individual Greek pilots implemented in each school and the coach sessions here (pdf). For the full report on the Pilots, including pilots in other countries, pictures, evaluation and conclusions from the pilots, you can download it here (pdf).
The pilots in Greece were organised by SciCo, in collaboration with the Educational Radio-television Directorate of the Ministry of the Education (EduTV).