Ellinogermaniki Agogi – Greece (coordinator)
Ellinogermaniki Agogi (EA) is an educational organization of private law, officially recognized by the state. Established in 1995, the Research and Development Department of EA provides the test bed for research applications for the design, development and implementation of the research activities in education. The R&D Department acts therefore as an interface between the pedagogical research, the technological innovation and the school community. It focuses on the design, implementation and support of pedagogical and technological innovations in educational practice, both through internal research as well as through collaborations with numerous educational, research and commercial institutions in Europe and the world. EA is an institutional member of EDEN (European Distance Education Network), of EEPN (European Education Policy Network) and of ECSITE (European Network of Science Centres and Museums) network, as well as a partner school of the German Schools-Excellence Network.
The work of the R&D Department which currently employs 16 full time researchers (6 PhD level, 10 MSc) focuses on the following areas, relevant to this proposal:
- Building, monitoring and supporting learning communities of practice at an international level.
- Design of technology enhanced educational and learning activities and the development of innovative teaching methodologies and practices in education.
- Large scale implementation of learning activities in real school environments at national and international level.
- Design and implementation of short- and long-term professional development of teachers including the organization of international summer courses for teacher trainings.
- Development of methodologies and empirical classroom-based research to investigate processes of learning and knowledge acquisition in various subject matter areas.
- Cooperation and collaboration with Universities, research centers, museums and private companies for the development and testing of educational material and software;
- Design of technology-supported learning environments.
Its work in EU projects over the last 20 years has established EA as a leading pioneer in innovative approaches to school education. Since its establishment, the R&D Department has coordinated and supported the participation of EA, either as coordinator or as partner, in more than 200 national and international collaborative research projects and networks (H2020, eContentPlus, ICT-PSP, SiS in FP7 and FP6, IST in FP5 and ICT in FP6, LLP-ICT, Socrates, Leonardo da Vinci, Erasmus+), the majority of which have been concerned with the fields of science and new technologies in education. Overall, EA has a very strong and proven experience in actively extending the dialogue between scientific and the educational community, enforcing the collaboration between schools and research organizations, centres and museums, and helping young people to acquire better understanding of the role of science and technology in the society.
EA has a very strong vision-generated interest and rich research and development activity in the fields of formal and informal learning with an emphasis on social inclusion, combined with innovative technical solutions, and game-based education, aiming to empower learners and teachers to thrive in the landscape of unprecedented challenges and opportunities in the 21st century. Under this approach, EA has taken up the challenge to embed pedagogical practice that effectively uses ICTs in every classroom to overcome barriers and support inclusion, as well as driving up student academic outcomes across the school. EA has a very strong and proven experience in actively extending the dialogue between scientific and the educational community, enforcing the collaboration between schools and research organizations, centers and museums, and helping young people to acquire better understanding of the role of science in society. Furthermore, the EA team has long experience in implementing large scale projects to school communities, operating a network of more than 5,000 schools at European level. EA had a leading role in the Open Discovery Space Policy (ODS) Support initiative, which has developed and tested a self-reflection tool to assess the e-maturity of the schools. The SELFIE tool has been built using the ODS self-reflection tool as the main reference. Currently EA coordinates the large scale Coordination Action Open Schools for Open Societies (OSOS) which has developed a new version of the ODS Self-reflection tool that aims to assess the openness of the school environment.