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M&L partner webinar: Greek winners in the Medea-Awards 2014

M&L partner webinar: Greek winners in the Medea-Awards 2014

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 15:00 - 16:00
M&L partner webinar: Greek winners in the Medea-Awards 2014



Wednesday 18 March 2015 - 15:00 CET 

(the webinar is free) (this webinar is in GREEK)

Watch the recording here

The aim of the MEDEA Awards is to encourage innovation and good practice in the use of media in education. The awards also promote excellence in the production and pedagogical design of media-rich learning resources. This year the European Collaboration Award was given to Digital Stories created by the 1st Primary School, Sparta in Greece and Vuorentaustan School, Ylöjärvi in Finland in the framework of an etwinning project and represented at the Awards Ceremony by Maria Alexandra Koumanakou. A second prize for the audience favorite was given to the highly popular "To Pantopoleion" - The Grocery Store, submitted by Safer Internet Hellas & Art Productions, Greece and is presented at the webinar by Dr Veronica Samara, coordinator of the Greek Safer Internet Center. The one-hour webinar focused on best practices of using media and in particular videos for learning. Specifically, two speakers presented their approach in using media to promote safe navigation on the web and also to encourage collaboration through digital storytelling.


Dr Veronica Samara, Safer Internet Hellas, Greece



Veronica Samara holds a Masters and a PhD in Computer Science from the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany. Between 1988 and 1993 she was a member of the scientific core at the Fraunhofer Institute of Computer Graphics, in Germany. Between 1993-1997 she was European IT Projects coordinator and multimedia consultant at Intracom Group in Greece. In the period 1997 - 2009 she was head of the R&D department in the IT company Extreme Media Solutions, in Athens. Since 2001 and until today, she has been working within EC’s “Safer Internet” programme, being since 2009 the coordinator of the Greek Safer Internet Center. She has authored over 300 articles in scientific books and magazines on the topic of the responsible and safe use of the Internet, and she has been invited to speak in numerous international scientific conferences and workshops on the above subject. Together with Mr. George Kormas, she has authored the children’s book “The Internet Farm”.

Maria-Alexandra Koumenakou, Teacher in Primary Education, Greece



Maria Alexandra Koumanakou holds a Β.Α. in Theatre Studies from University of Patras and a Master of Arts in Theatre Practice from University of Exeter in U.K. She has been teaching in Public Primary and Secondary Education, as well as in Public and Private Vocational and Adult Education Centres since 2002. She uses innovative teaching approaches and digital storytelling in the classroom in order to raise awareness of tolerance and acceptance. She was awarded with an Award for Excellence and Innovation by the Greek Ministry of Education for her anti-bullying project in 2011-2012 and with the 3rd National Award by Unicef for her participation in the educational program called “Children draw and write about their rights” in 2012-2013. She keeps up-to-date with continuous professional development in Greece and abroad. She has presented her work in the classroom with presentations and workshops at conferences, festivals and competitions.



Dr Sofia Papadimitriou, Educational Radiotelevision - Ministry of Culture, Education and Religious Affairs, Greece

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