EfxeiNewsPoli, Issue 1, Primary School of Efxeinoupoli, Greece

We’ve got news for you” is the title of the eTwinning project we are involved in this year with the 4th, 5th and 6th learners of the Primary School of Efxeinoupoli, Greece. This project aspires to involve many European learners in the exchange of English school newspapers and the creation of a common newspaper as the end-product of this creative collaboration! Participant learners are invited to write and read English with a real-life purpose and they also have the opportunity to interact via Twinspace, improving thus their communication and ICT along with their writing and reading skills! Practising skills simulates real-life communication in a fun-filled project that helps everyone realize the emergence of English as an international language and expand their horizons. Learners also have the opportunity to feel like citizens of the world, members of a vast community, outside the barriers of their local surroundings. Using English as the vehicle, this project has been designed to provide useful insight on their peers’ daily routine, interests, customs and mentality, allowing everyone thus to become more tolerant with diversity.

The first issue of our newspaper has been completed and posted on the school blog and we are currently in the process of completing the second issue! For each issue we have tried to exploit the written assignments suggested by our coursebooks, in an attempt to make writing more meaningful and address our readers with topics of their interest. Greek learners have submitted their articles asynchronously, via eclass, and the teacher has corrected and edited the issue. Here is our first issue:

Primary School of Efxeinoupoli, Greece



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Learners participating in this project have done an exceptional job in their first issues and Greek learners are very excited to be involved in this exchange! Please, take some time to read their articles and feel free to share them with your learners! Here are their impressive issues in random order:

Laboratório de Línguas, Portugal

CEIP Bec de L’Àguila, Sant Vicent del Raspeig, Spain

Kasaba Şehit Yusuf Polat Yatılı Bölge Ortaokulu, Turkey

Scoala Gimnaziala “Sfantul Andrei”, Romania

ОШ “Стеван Немања”, Serbia:

Our second issues are on the way and they’re full of surprises! If you liked our first attempt, do not miss the following post with the upcoming European English school newspapers!

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Με πολύ όρεξη και μεράκι, ολοκληρώθηκε το 8ο τεύχος της σχολικής μας εφημερίδας στα Αγγλικά με τους μαθητές του Δημοτικού Σχολείου Σούρπης! Μαζί με τους Ευρωπαίους φίλους μας, ετοιμάσαμε ένα καλοκαιρινό τεύχος, σε μια προσπάθεια να γνωριστούμε ακόμη καλύτερα, να διευρύνουμε τους ορίζοντές μας και να εξασκηθούμε στα Αγγλικά! Το δικό μας 5σέλιδο στο καλοκαιρινό τεύχος περιλαμβάνει δραστηριότητες που φτιάξαμε στο διαδίκτυο εκμεταλλευόμενοι λεξιλόγιο και φράσεις που μυρίζουν καλοκαίρι! Δείτε εδώ τις σελίδες του όγδοου τεύχους της εφημερίδας μας «The European Schools Newspaper»:

Δείτε το στο slideshare.net

Για αυτή τη σχολική χρονιά, οι Ευρωπαίοι μαθητές εργάζονται συνεργατικά πληκτρολογώντας τα άρθρα της εφημερίδας τους ταυτόχρονα σε ένα κοινό αρχείο googledocs (διαδικτυακός συνεργατικός κειμενογράφος) ή πληκτρολογώντας τα άρθρα τους σε Word Processor και επικολλώντας τα στο συνεργατικό εργαλείο googledocs! Προσεχώς θα σας παρουσιάσουμε την ηλεκτρονική εκδοχή του συνεργατικού μας τεύχους!

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Με πολύ όρεξη και μεράκι, ολοκληρώθηκε το 5ο τεύχος της σχολικής μας εφημερίδας στα Αγγλικά! Μαζί με τους Ευρωπαίους φίλους μας, παρουσιάσαμε τη χώρα μας, σε μια προσπάθεια να γνωριστούμε ακόμη καλύτερα, να διευρύνουμε τους ορίζοντές μας και να εξασκηθούμε στα Αγγλικά! Δείτε εδώ τις σελίδες του πέμπτου τεύχους της εφημερίδας μας «The European Schools Newspaper», όπου παρουσιάζουμε τη Θεσσαλία και τη Στερεά Ελλάδα (τα υπόλοιπα συνεργαζόμενα ελληνικά διαμερίσματα ανέλαβαν άλλα διαμερίσματα για να μην επαναλαμβανόμαστε στους Ευρωπαίους φίλους μας!):

Δείτε το στο slideshare.net

Για αυτή τη σχολική χρονιά, οι Ευρωπαίοι μαθητές εργάζονται συνεργατικά πληκτρολογώντας τα άρθρα της εφημερίδας τους ταυτόχρονα σε ένα κοινό αρχείο googledocs (διαδικτυακός συνεργατικός κειμενογράφος) ή πληκτρολογώντας τα άρθρα τους σε Word Processor και επικολλώντας τα στο συνεργατικό εργαλείο googledocs!

PRIMARY SCHOOL OF SOURPI

PRIMARY SCHOOL OF SOURPI

Σήμερα, Παρασκευή 13 Ιουνίου 2014, πραγματοποιήθηκε εκδήλωση στο Δημαρχείο του Βόλου για την παρουσίαση και βράβευση των μαθητικών εντύπων που εκδόθηκαν κατά το σχολικό έτος 2013-2014 από σχολεία της Πρωτοβάθμιας και Δευτεροβάθμιας Εκπαίδευσης του Ν. Μαγνησίας. Η εκδήλωση διοργανώθηκε από τον Τομέα Παιδείας του Δήμου Βόλου και συντονίστηκε από την κα Σούλα Μπαρτζιώκα, Πρόεδρο της Δημοτικής Επιτροπής Παιδείας και δημοτική σύμβουλο Βόλου, και τον κ. Δημήτρη Μαρέδη, δημοσιογράφο, ενώ το παρόν έδωσε και ο Δήμαρχος Βόλου, κ. Σκοτινιώτης.

Η φετινή συμμετοχή ξεπέρασε κάθε προηγούμενο! Στη δράση συμμετείχαν 32 σχολεία (Νηπιαγωγεία, Δημοτικά, Γυμνάσια, Λύκεια, Σχολείο Δεύτερης Ευκαιρίας) με πάνω από 40 ερασιτεχνικές εκδοτικές προσπάθειες ποικίλων μορφών και περιεχομένου, όπως σχολικές εφημερίδες, διηγήματα, περιοδικά, ιστοσελίδες ακόμη και ξενόγλωσσα έντυπα, όπως το δικό μας! Με μεγάλη χαρά και υπερηφάνεια, λοιπόν, σας ανακοινώνουμε ότι η εφημερίδα μας, που λέγεται «S-O-URPRISE» και είναι εξ ολοκλήρου γραμμένη στα αγγλικά, ήταν ανάμεσα στις βραβευθείσες! Στην εκδήλωση παρευρέθηκαν για λογαριασμό του σχολείου μας ο Διευθυντής, κ. Νίκος Περιστεράς, και η υπεύθυνη του προγράμματος έκδοσης του αγγλικού μαθητικού εντύπου μας, κα Χαμηλού Παρασκευή, η οποία και παρουσίασε τη φετινή δράση.

Συγχαρητήρια σε όλους τους μικρούς μας δημοσιογράφους που με έμπνευση, μεράκι και δημιουργικότητα συνέβαλαν στην έκδοση των δύο απολαυστικών τευχών ποικίλης ύλης, γράφοντας στα αγγλικά! Πληκτρολόγησαν, έκαναν χρήση του διαδικτύου για έρευνα, συνεργάστηκαν ομαδικά, πήραν συνεντεύξεις και, τελικά, είδαν την παραγωγή γραπτού λόγου στα αγγλικά με θετικό μάτι! Επιπλέον, έστειλαν την εφημερίδα τους σε σχολεία της Ευρώπης και διάβασαν τις αγγλικές εφημερίδες που εκδίδουν τα σχολεία αυτά! Και του χρόνου, παιδιά!

Δείτε την εφημερίδα μας εδώ:

Δείτε το στο slideshare.net

Since the beginning of this school year, the Primary School of Pteleos has been involved in an eTwinning project that includes exchanging English school newspapers with other European Primary Schools ( St Mary’s Primary Duntocher, Clydebank, United Kingdom, Ulubatlı Hasan İlköğretim Okulu, Kocaeli, Turkey, Szkoła Podstawowa nr 1 im. Feliksa Nowowiejskiego w Barczewie, Barczewo, Poland, Samanyolu Ilköğretim Okulu , Ankara, Turkey and Öğretmen Mediha Mehmet Tetikol İlköğretim Okulu, Tekirdağ, Turkey. Their English school paper is called «Our World» (see their first issue here and their second issue here) and their third issue is ready! You can enjoy it here: APRIL ISSUE (3) – OUR WORLD – PRIMARY SCHOOL OF PTELEOS. You can also download the small magazine we issued along with the third issue of our newspaper “Our World” , written by our 2nd graders in their native language of course: WRITING ABOUT PTELEOS.

JOKES
by Hryssa Papalexopoulou

What did John say when he saw four elephants walking down the hill?
“Are elephants coming?”
And what did John say when he saw four elephants with black sunglasses walking down the hill?
Nothing. He didn’t recognize them!

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Teacher: Tell us, Helen, where does God live?
Helen: I think in the bathroom, Miss.
Teacher: And why are you saying that?
Helen: Because every morning my dad is behind the bathroom door and he says: “God, will you ever get out?”

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Two men were gambling in a salon. One of them stood up and he started screaming:
– I won, I won!
– What do you have?, the second man asked.
– Four aces.
– I think that you don’t….
– Why, what do you have?
– Two nines and one gun!!!

Since the beginning of this school year, the Primary School of Pteleos has been involved in an eTwinning project that includes exchanging English school newspapers with other European Primary Schools ( St Mary’s Primary Duntocher, Clydebank, United Kingdom, Ulubatlı Hasan İlköğretim Okulu, Kocaeli, Turkey, Szkoła Podstawowa nr 1 im. Feliksa Nowowiejskiego w Barczewie, Barczewo, Poland, Samanyolu Ilköğretim Okulu , Ankara, Turkey and Öğretmen Mediha Mehmet Tetikol İlköğretim Okulu, Tekirdağ, Turkey. Their English school paper is called “Our World” (see their first issue here) and their second issue is finally ready! You can download it here: OUR WORLD – ENGLISH SCHOOL PAPER – 2ND ISSUE – PRIMARY SCHOOL OF PTELEOS

I always look forward to seminars, they can be enlightening, eye-opening, inspiring … Today I attended the PEKADE event in Larissa, which was related to ‘Facing Greek School Reality’. I had never attended a PEKADE event before, mainly owing to distance issues, but this time, Larissa was less than an hour far!!! And, although it was a day with heavy rain, there were many colleagues there and the room was almost full.

The first speaker was Ms Anna Varna, an EFL state school teacher. It was great to see her again after two years that she visited Volos as the eTwinning ambassador (she actually gave a 4-hour afternoon seminar and managed to inspire us and open our eyes). Her presentation was about “A day in the life of a connected teacher”, and she had a lot to say about facebook, twitter, blogging and their benefits in the life of an educator. Eye-opening once again, her presentation was great, attracting everybody’s attention! So, the day started with an experienced speaker who passed on her message efficiently, with a lot of sense of humour and a great video she will upload on her wonderful blog.

The day continued with the inexperienced speaker, meaning myself! The presentation was related to “Creating an English school newspaper with a real-life purpose” and, given that it was my first time in front of a crowd, I can only say that it felt good and there were many colleagues that had a nice thing to say about it! The most encouraging aspect was the fact that there were people who had more questions to ask during the break and wanted to try this project at their schools! That’s what this presentation was all about anyway!!! However, there was something that got me thinking how lucky some of us can be to have been working with cooperative Headteachers and, while recommending a project like that one should not take some things for granted: One of my colleagues there suggested the introduction of an English school paper at her school and all she got from the Headteacher was “What kind of mal …ies is all that?”! How disappointing and discouraging can that be? And of course the school wouldn’t fund her project, so she had to give it up! To refer to the presentation again, I hope everyone there understood how passionately and enthusiastically I have been working on this and what a funfilled, enjoyable, creative experience it has been both for my learners and I. This is the slideshow of the presentation:

Then, it was time for Mr Eleftherios Avramidis, an EFL state school teacher as well, to talk to us about a pilot study related to “Strategies employed while learning a foreign language”. It was a very interesting study, indeed, referring to the strategies employed by fifth grade learners while writing in the target language.

Ms Marina Kollatou is the State School Advisor for Karditsa and she was the following speaker. She had prepared a wonderful presentation on “Differentiated instruction: a challenge and a necessity” and had a lot to suggest regarding teaching mixed ability classes, presenting useful theoretical insights and more practical aspects on dealing with this issue in class. She is going to upload her presentation on her blog soon.

After the break, it was time for Ms Marianthi Kotadaki, the State School Advisor for Achaia, and her wonderful presentation! It had to do with the exploitation of YouTube videos in the EFL classroom (“You Tube for English? Connecting the Senior Secondary classroom to the real world”). The best part of the presentation was the fact that we had the chance to stand on our learners’ shoes and somehow feel what they would feel like during a well-organised, enjoyable lesson that included YouTube videos! A wonderful, exciting way to teach, presented very inspirationally by Ms Kotadaki!

The following presentation was about ” Using the video to improve students’ listening skills”. Ms Maria Stefanidou, an EFL state school teacher, presented the theoretical background underlying the exploitation of videos in the classroom. We also had the chance to watch a video on the use of the mobile phone and social networking by teenagers.

Ms Maria Mintsidou and Ms Katja Korpinurmi, EFL State School teachers, presented “Alternative ways of approaching the teaching of English at technical vocational schools through the example of the 2nd Technical Vocational School of Karditsa”. Contrary to what the majority of people assume about technical vocational schools, these two colleagues showed that there can beautiful things going on in these schools, with the wonderful Comenius and other projects they have been working on with their learners. Ms Korpinurmi is actually an assistant teacher from Finland, who now cooperates with Ms Mintsidou, the EFL teacher of the 2nd Technical Vocational School of Karditsa. So, we were all informed, that anyone who applies for a Comenius project related with ELT, can ask for an assistant teacher, who will assist, bring his/her cultural background into the classroom and make the learners communicate in the target language with a real-life purpose!

The last presentation was that of Ms Apostolia Tsipra, who is also an EFL state school teacher working on her Master’s degree. Her interesting research was related to “Innovation within innovation: using a Task-Based approach to train Greek EFL teachers in the implementation of DEPPS principles”.

The PEKADE event ended with a round-table discussion concerning the activities of the Union, its quarterly magazine “Aspects Today” and its suggestions to the Ministry of Education regarding main concerns, we, EFL teachers have in the public sector.

Although this day was moody today weatherwise, it actually evolved as a great opportunity to develop as a teacher, broaden your horizons, contact with colleagues (or ‘connect’, as Ms Varna pointed out in her presentation) and share ideas! Congratulations to PEKADE for this great, well-organised event! I personally look forward to the next!!!