The meeting in a nutshell

The sixth meeting of the GAMES project took place in Istanbul, Turkey, December 17–19, 2019. This was a transnational meeting. In particular:

Monday, 16/12/2019

All teams arrived on Monday. For various reasons no one from the Greek team could make it there.

Tuesday, 17/12/2019

At the entrance of the school, the guest teachers were welcomed by Turkish teachers and pupils who weared traditional folk costumes from each project country. The guest teachers were Renate Wachter and Gerald Solic from Austria, Lilija Dailidaitie from Lithuania, and Ilona Chiriac from Romania. The principal of the host school, Fevzi Karaca, delivered a speech in which he stated how happy he and colleagues were to host the guest teachers and to be partners with our guest. He stated also that they as Turkish team got lots of experiences and learnt a lot of things about the countries with which they cooperated and also about technology and games in education. Next, the hosts presented the school to the guests. In addition, guest teachewrs learnt things about education in Turkey. Then, the Austrian and Lithuanian teams presented the final versions of their games and all participants examined and discussed about them. In the afternoon, teachers visisted the Hisart Live History and Diorama Museum and the Miniatürk, which a Small model of a big country. They played a game which was prepared by our teachers and students on Actionbound to learn and enjoy Miniatürk.

Wednesday, 18/12/2019

The day started with a visit to the special need classes and to the preschool classes. During the working session the Romanian and the Turkish teams presented the final version of their games. Then all partners presented to each other the analysis of their games so that people could discuss about the games. This way people could see and understand why the games were important to provide to students a better learning experience. Next, teachers shared their opinions about game-based learning and gamification. They shared their experiences about teaching with games and discussed the effects of educational games, in particular, and video games, in general. All agreed that all pupils are really interested in video games and they learn things much better while playing a game. That's the reason why now it is not dispensable to avoid using technology and especially games from a teaching environment. Next, teachers met with the National Education Directorate of the school's district. Hosts introduced the guests and presented the project. All teachers shared their opinions and experiences with the directorate. After that, host teachers showed Istanbul to guest teachers and presented its beauties and history. Teachers used the Marmaray, which is a train going through a tube under the sea. Also they paid a visit to the Maiden Tower.

Thursday, 19/12/2019

The day started with a working session in which we concluded that since even adults play games and can learn from them new thing, teachers should use educational games in their classrooms to create the best learning and teaching environment for pupils. Ilona Chiriac, a colleague from Romanai, presented some examples of games she plays both for herself and for her students, such as https://c82.net, https://www.mathsisfun.com, etc. In addition, all teachers agreed that the technology can be a great way to teach effectively if it is used properly. The hosts shared the video games and programs they use while they are teaching (e,g., kahoot, google forms, actionbound, animatoo). They shared their experience on using them, and they stated how people can use them and how effective they are. Furthermore, all teachers admitted that they had some difficulties during the implementation of the project. Teachers shared them and explained how they overcame them. In the end everyone stated that the project was a great success for both pupils and teachers. A quiz was prepared about this mobility and all partners answered it and learnt more about the project and the host city. During the closing ceremony, techers shared their feelings about concluding this project and working together and how much they have learnt through these almost three years. They got also the certificates of attendance to the participants.

Friday, 20/12/2019

All participants departed on Friday.

Pictures

Here are some pictures from the activities during the meeting.


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