An event took place on 11th November 2016 from 8:30-11a.m at the House of the Union of Cyprus Journalists in Nicosia, Cyprus to inaugurate the commencement of the pilot implementation of ATS2020 ( Assessment of transversal skills) project as well as of MENTEP (Mentoring Technology Enhanced Pedagogy) in Cyprus. Both projects are co-funded with support from the European Commission via the ERASMUS+ project.
The event was widely attended by teachers participating in ATS2020 and MENTEP projects, Education professionals, Education inspectors and policy makers. During the event, Costas Kadis, Minister of Education and Culture (Cyprus), presented ATS2020 guidelines for school participation and explained how ATS2020 objectives align with national Education policy.
Mrs Anastasia Economou, Head of the Department of Educational Technology at Cyprus Pedagogical Institute, and Dr George Koutsides inspector of Secondary Education at the Ministry of Education and Culture presented ATS2020 and MENTEP projects respectively.
Welcome addresses were delivered by Dr Kyprianos Louis, Head of Secondary Education at the Ministry of Education and Culture, and by Dr Athina Michaelidou- Euripidou, Director of the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute.
During the event participants had the opportunity to learn more about the ATS2020 learning model as well as about MENTEP assessment tools, and address their own questions to the respective project teams.
“I am really looking forward to learn about new tools and test them in class,” a participant said. “I would like to explore in what ways this new learning model can get students engaged,” he added. The event raised further awareness of the projects at schools in view of the commencement of the pilot implementation.
Assessment of Transversal Skills 2020 (ATS2020) is an innovative policy experimentation project co-funded by the European Commission. The project is comprised of 17 partners from 11 EU countries.ATS2020 provides a comprehensive learning model for the enhancement of student indispensable transversal skills within curricula and offers new approaches and innovative tools to teachers for the development and assessment of these skills.
The MENTEP (Mentoring Technology-Enhanced Pedagogy) project is a European Policy Experimentation funded by the European Commission via the Erasmus+ programme. MENTEP addresses the need in EU policies for teachers to be able to innovate using ICT as well as for improved data on their digital competence. It also tackles the need to enhance the uptake of ICT in teaching and learning, to promote stronger coherence between different EU and national transparency and recognition tools, and also strengthen the professional profile of the teaching profession. For more information visit http://mentep.eun.org/