Institutional overview: the 2nd Elementary School of Kalamata
The 2nd Elementary School of Kalamata is a public school in the city of Kalamata, located in the Messinia district of the Peloponnese. 121 children (aged 6-12) are taught by 22 specialist teachers. The school has considerable experience, expertise and interest in children’s digital participation, wellbeing and online safety, demonstrated through involvement in national initiatives such as the ‘Laptop per child’ national project which involves upgrading of the use of digital tools in elementary schools (Greek schools are relatively under-resourced in this regard, European Commission, 2013). The school leads local, school-based and community initiatives to encourage community engagement in the social and emotional wellbeing of children. It has an active Parent-Teacher-Association (PTA) through which it organises seminars on children’s social and emotional wellbeing and online safety. The schools’approach to children’s digital participation is reinforced by a visiting educational psychologist who supports students to manage conflict and online safety.
George Tallaros is an experienced English Teacher in the key school (2nd Elementary) of the Education School Board of Kalamata. His teaching experience, communication skills and commitment to children’s digital is ideally suited to his lead role in project Dissemination and Sustainability.
KONSTANTINA KALOGIANNI has 31 years of teaching experience and an interest in students’ wellbeing.
GEORGE TSOUKALAS, an experienced Informatics teacher with a particular interest in cyber safety and children’s wellbeing. George is an expert in new technologies and is responsible for the schools’ participation in a national project concerned with upgrading ICT in Greek primary schools
Angeliki is affiliated to the school through her role as national coordinator and member of the scientific board of Ecomedia, a European Network for the implementation of ICT in Education across Europe. She has extensive education and digital participation experience within Greece and Europe, has published widely on technology enhanced learning and delivered and implemented educational projects in schools.