Erasmus+ project: the teams from Skirsnemune Jurgis Baltrušaitis Basic School and Convitto Nazionale Corso in Greece

Erasmus+ project: the teams from Skirsnemune Jurgis Baltrušaitis Basic School and Convitto Nazionale Corso in Greece

From 16 to 20 October, the 3rd Gymnasium of Nikaia (Athens, Greece) hosted the second Erasmus+ project "Enhancing Digital Literacy in Schools" training meeting.

The aim of the project was to promote digital literacy in schools, to help students and teachers to improve their digital literacy skills, to introduce the ways and possibilities of creating digital content and to create digital content projects. This project is not only a great opportunity to learn and expand your knowledge, but also to get to know other cultures, interact and build international links.

This time, a large team from Italy and Lithuania visited the Greek capital Athens, the cradle of ancient culture, democracy and philosophy. Teams of teachers and students from three countries - Lithuania, Italy and Greece - met in Athens.

The first day was dedicated to meeting the Italian and Greek partners and getting to know the myths and legends of Athens. We visited the Athens Parliament Palace, walked around Constitution Square and understood the importance of this place for the Greeks. At the Athens Museum, we were able to see many works of ancient Greek art. Of course, the most impressive was the Acropolis, the most famous in the world, high up on a hill.

Teachers and pupils at the Greek partner school (3rd Gymnasium of Nikaia) took part in various activities. Teachers received training on "Improving digital literacy at school" (digital content creation, techniques, methods). On the same day, theoretical knowledge was applied in practical activities. Students worked on creating audiovisual content. Participants were introduced to audiovisual archives and learned how to use them for teaching purposes.

They were able to show their technical skills and creativity in the Robotics lesson. The Gymnasium's Principal taught the students about the programs available and how to build and program a Lego robot model.

The training also took place in non-traditional spaces. Participants visited the cities of Nafplio and Epidaurus, which have a long and rich history and architecture. According to mythology, the city of Nafplio was built by Poseidon's son Nafplio. The ancient theatre of Epidaurus was also visited and inspected. Built at the end of the 4th century BC, it is considered to be the most perfect ancient Greek theatre in terms of acoustics and aesthetics. The aim of these activities was to provide participants with a historical and cultural understanding that can also be transmitted through digital content.

The last day of the project was dedicated to creative activities. Working in groups, students from Lithuania, Italy and Greece improved their digital literacy skills by creating a playful and informative promotional image using photographs they took during the field trip. They tried out the digital tool Padlet, voted for the best advertisement and commented on the image they liked the most. It's a great way to express your creativity and share your opinion.

This Erasmus+ project has been an important experience for all participants. Students and teachers gained new knowledge about digital literacy, learned how to create and use content in their teaching and had a meaningful, rich and fun time with international friends.