The Thematic Conference: "Learning to think in a digital society" was successfully completed with the active participation of 200 teachers from the European countries and other partner countries on eTwinning . The conference was held from 28 to 30 September in Athens with interesting workshops on the subject, by specialized speakers, so as to train participants in the new digital environment that is formed in relation to teaching practice. The conference focused on the cultivation of computational thinking skills for students. Computational thinking represents a universally applicable attitude and a set of skills that citizens have to acquire, as highlighted in the European e-Competence Framework, e-CF.
The European project "eTwinning - the school community in Europe" offers schools the opportunity to collaborate, using ICT tools, in order to gain pedagogical, social and cultural benefits. There are 38 European and other countries involved in eTwinning, forming the largest network of teachers in the history of education, with more than 470,000 people and 179,900 schools. Greece through eTwinning is presented remarkably, as teachers through their schools have achieved many and significant distinctions at European level. There are registered 21,400 Greek teachers (15% of the total) and 11,300 Greek schools (56% of the total). These percentages are much higher (in percentage) of any other European country.
The conference held 24 workshops and was attended by Primary and Secondary Education teachers from all over Europe. On the first day there was a speech from the pedagogical officer from the CSS , Mrs. Gilleran, and the main speaker on the subject was Mr. Michael Bletsas from MIT. Also, greetings from the Minister of Education, Research & Religious Affairs Mr. Kostas Gavroglou were read wishing among other things " success for the Conference and its conclusions to help education".
The main objectives of the thematic conference were to:
By returning to their countries, eTwinning teachers have the ability to build projects based on the number of activities they have been presented over this weekend. These activities offer teachers the opportunity to leverage valuable insights into how to shape their classroom acceptance and how to better educate their students by arming them with the skills and abilities needed for computational thinking.
The Thematic European Conference was co-organized by eTwinning Greek National Support Service (NSS) (collaboration of the Ministry of Education and CTI “Diofantus” ) with the European School Net, entitled "Learning to think in a digital society" and details and photographs can be found at http://www.etwinning.gr/tc2017.
eTwinning, with the power of a teachers network using ICT, bridges Europe, helping students to acquire better skills and values, such as cultural consciousness and tolerance in the different, which are pillars in the definition of multicultural society. At the same time, eTwinning promotes the concepts of critical thinking, creativity and innovation.