AGORA: Selflearning with Chromebooks
Agora refers to 'the (market) square', a traditional learning place in Greek antiquity.
Just as different traders come together at a market, different subjects come together under the same roof in the Agoraklas, with the same idea. Ideally, the interactive aspect of the classroom better reflects the structure of the broad society in which the pupils take their place later.
The Agorakla logo is also inspired by this principle. The first letter of the word Agora is represented in it as the 'roof' of the market. The square symbolizes the solidarity, one of the four pillars of the Agora class. Agora (and the roof) tries to ensure that solidarity between subjects, pupils, parents and teachers. Learning pleasure, ownership and critical thinking complete the four principles on which the project is based.
Inspired by the educational concept, this group of teachers started to put this method into practice.
Pedagogical renewal (including flipping the classroom) often requires an adaptation of the infrastructure, and in the atheneum of Geraardsbergen, education and physical support go hand in hand. That is why we are working hard on our own site for the Agoraklas in the atheneum. This inspiring learning environment should give pupils and teachers the opportunity to test new methodologies. The school commits to long-term quality by giving the teachers the opportunity to start new projects. This "building" will offer the teachers the opportunity to act more as coach / supervisor and expert instead of the traditional teacher who teaches head-on. The adapted layout of the building will also allow innovative didactics, the instruction room will be separated by a glass wall from the other large space, which in turn is divided into several
On the one hand our Agora principle works on the independence of the pupils, what their chances of success in higher education
benefits. On the other hand, they will once again become owners of their learning process, which will lead to more motivation and well-being. '
The learning process is once again in the hands of the pupils (ownership), they decide for themselves how they organize their week. The pupils at the start of the week a weekly schedule with the tasks and assignments they need to complete by the end of the week. The use of chromebooks (Google for Education) can no longer be ignored here.
With this innovative way of teaching, we also want to inspire and persuade other teachers to include this in other teaching practices and courses.