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Teacher: Michailidi Afroditi
my OSOS username is amichail
Feel free to contact me via the platform for any further assistance.
According to the World Health Organization, road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death in the 5–24 years age group in Europe and worldwide. All European governments are committed to the reduction in the number of road fatalities and casualties, however this presents major challenges for road accident prevention, including a need to improve road safe behaviours and attitudes of all citizens, such as through education programmes in school communities. In order to facilitate the process of introduction and implementation of road safety education in the school curricula KROS offers teachers a comprehensive training programme along with a platform with educational resources.
The goal is that effective road safety education in schools will influence all members of the school community, including students, families, school administration and teachers, to be responsible on the road. This holistic school approach is needed to be encompassed and promoted by a relevant pedagogical framework.
Our School joined the network of KROS and received access to the training materials and resources. The proposed activities address major road safety issues such as
We used the OSOS approach described below
Our School is open to new partnerships and ERASMUS+ projects. Pleas see our contact info for details.
Teachers participating in the project studied the training material available at the KROS project platform and chose on which ones to focus based on the following KROS accelerator principles:
Empowering teachers as mentors and facilitators: One of the main objectives of KROS is to improve teachers’ awareness of Road Safety education and to strengthen their professional profile through a comprehensive pedagogical and training framework that will utilize a combination of traditional and technology based learning techniques.
Furthermore, KROS aims to improve teachers’ professional skills enabling them to integrate Road Safety principles and best practices into their lessons. The KROS training programme includes extended presentation of case studies and examples of good practice on how teachers could efficiently implement Road Safety content in their everyday teaching.
Empowering students as learners: Teachers who focus on the open schooling approach see their first responsibility as empowering students as learners. For this reason, they use pedagogical approaches (project-based and inquiry-based learning) that help students become self-directed and responsible learners rather than passive followers. The cornerstone of their main role is helping students develop an understanding of learning as a complex and ongoing process that entails seeking feedback, revising work and regularly reflecting on what one has learned, found and achieved, as well as on the choices and decisions made throughout the learning process.
Contextualize knowledge so it is coherent: Teachers are involving students in project that are relevant to them and to the local communities. Furthermore, teachers from different disciplines collaborate across multiple subjects to design integrated interdisciplinary learning activities to connect their otherwise separate subject-specific content.
Connect learning to real issues and settings: Teachers focus on connecting classroom learning to real-life issues and settings in order to make it more meaningful for students. Teachers explore, develop and exploit opportunities for students to experience workplace conditions, situations and expectations that address or exemplify real world challenges and problem solving.
Use technology in service of learning: Teachers selectively and purposefully incorporate technology and online educational resources and tools to enhance and complement teaching and learning, rather than automate or substitute it.
We brainstormed to find ways to actively engage in road safety awareness activities.
1. Learn road signals in class
2. Participate in Road Safety contests/competitions e.g. create a short film or a poster about Road Safety
3. Cooperation with LAHERS (the Laboratory for Health and Road Safety of the Hellenic Mediterrenean University) including educational visits to their Driving Simulator
4. Road Safety awareness meetings and lecture to the community with the aid of local Bikers Club
5. KROS Activity Sheets
In this phase of the project teachers focused on the Activity sheets of the KROS project, described below. We adapted some of the Activity sheets to include student input and address students' needs.
KROS provides a series of 24 Training modules and relevant demonstrators in the form of Activity sheets aiming to provide ideas to the teachers for real world learning activities that develop problem solving, collaboration and effective communication. These can be found in the Resources of the KROS Community.
The training modules are addressing the following road safety topics:
Below is a construction made by our students in Technology and Engineering Classes as a memorial to students invloved in fatal road accidents
As part of the KROS project, we implemented the following activities:
1. Sustainable and Active Travel: Activity 1