Monday, June 4, 2012

OUR END-OF-YEAR SCHOOL EVENT IN PHOTOS


On 26/5/12 we gathered at our school's new premises to discuss ways to motivate
children to read books both in their native language and in the foreign one.
In this photo from left to right: Chara Charalambaki (speaker),
Rania Mathioudaki (EFL teacher), Kostas Stoforos (speaker) and I.

The delicious cupcakes Chara Charalambaki made
as a treat for the children who attended the event.
Notice the slightly turned book pages at the top!

Kostas Stoforos, a writer and journalist, helped the children create
their own fairy tale in the library of the school.
He used a 'magic deck of cards' which he has specially
designed for that purpose. These cards excited the
children's imagination,  providing them with ideas about
 how the story could be continued. 

Nicolas Smyrnakis, a writer, poet and professor of Economics,
gave a talk about the type of books that are ideal for each age group.
His impressive presentation included, among others,
videos of the new form of e-books and e-book readers.  

Nicolas also presented the astounded audience with the technology of e-paper ,
 demonstrated its use and resulting benefits and let them personally experience it.

Chara Charalambaki, a blogger primarily concerned with parenting issues,
shared her own reading experiences and how she tries to
help her daughter love books the way she does.
She also referred to e-book reading technology and how she intends to
welcome it into her life, without ever neglecting traditional books.

The focal point of my talk was how our school has managed to
integrate book reading into the lessons of all levels,
simultaneously using new technology to achieve this.
This will be the topic of my new article which will be
published on the iTDi blog on Monday 11/6
along with related slides, photos and links.   

At the end of the event, the little story makers and Kostas Stoforos narrated
the fairy tale they had created while in the library. Surprisingly enough,
it was a Chinese fairy tale with Psari Ni as the main hero. 'Psari' in Greek
means 'fish' and, coincidentally, our beloved protagonist was a fisherman!
After all, children's imagination can work miracles when it is set into motion!

See all photos of the event here: picasaweb.google.com 

Photos by Michael Kapsalis: mkapsalis.wordpress.com

2 comments:

  1. Very much looking forward to hearing more about your endeavour - this is something I'd like to work on in our school next year!

    Beverly Whittall

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  2. Therefore, make sure you pay a visit to the iTDI blog on Monday (and every Monday!).

    Thank you Beverly for the kind comment!

    Christina :-)

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