On 5-6 December 2013 the GeoCapabilities Kick-Off Meeting took place in London at the premises of the Institute of Education – University of London (IOE London). GeoCapabilities is a new Comenius project which will run for 3 years and mainly aims to develop and pilot an online professional development platform for trans-European teacher preparation in Geography.
Doukas School is one of the Consortium partners and Project Manager Panos Papoutsis attended the meeting representing the organization. During the presentation of the school he made particular reference to CLASHE project, as an example of a joint innovative research activity implemented partly by the school, addressing 3 target groups (pupils, university students, professionals).
Furthermore, meeting participants were informed on Doukas school CLASHE educational scenario, since one of the main learning subjects of this scenario is teaching Geography. It was interesting to present CLASHE gamification approach in teaching geography to Junior High School students (i.e. Junior High School students taking the role of the “traveler of the world”, where they participates in game-like assessment activities and test their knowledge on subjects such as geography and maths) and it was pleasant to receive praising comments on the overall project idea and design so far by GeoCapabilities Project Coordinator.
Apart from hosting organization (IOE London), the meeting was attended by representatives from 9 organisations (2 Universities, 4 schools and 3 Geography Associations) from Europe (Finland, Turkey and the UK) and the United States (Association of American Geographers attended the meeting as Third Country Partners). All participants also received CLASHE leaflets.