“We realize that the world is changing and our kids will live in a different world and work in jobs that are not yet created. It’s our duty to give them the best competencies in order to achieve their 21st century goals.” – M. Doukas, Greece
Balancing tradition with progress. This is the philosophy of Konstantinos (M.) Doukas, CEO of the Doukas School. In terms of tradition, Doukas’ grandfather founded the Doukas School in 1917 with a mission to “give the best in private education in Greece.” And the progress that balances this tradition? “We realize that the world is changing and our kids will live in a different world and work in jobs that are not yet created,” says Doukas. “It’s our duty to give them the best competencies in order to achieve their 21st century goals.” And the Doukas school is leading the way in 21st century education in Greece, most notably by being one of the few schools in the country to provide 1:1 laptop education. “We believe that in order for our students to have their knowledge and skills and values and get [the most] out of life, they should have the right tools,” adds Doukas. “And one of the most important tools is the computer.”
The Doukas School – which made the 1:1 switch about five years ago – did so very thoughtfully. First, they made sure they had a plan in place. Next, they prepared their teachers, then prepared content, then moved students to laptops.
What results have they seen? The move to 1:1 has boosted student participation by 50 percent, and has increased parent participation by 70 percent. And, according to Doukas, they are seeing those all-important 21st century skills in everything their students do. “We have created a totally different environment,” says Doukas. “Now the school is more creative, more efficient, kids are happy about it so school is more pleasant. And through surveys we have found that our students learn better.” In 2011, Doukas School was selected as a PathFinder School.
On today’s Daily Edventure, Elena Zaglaridou, Microsoft Partners in Learning Manager from Greece, interviews Doukas as he shares the story of the Doukas School, and his advice for any school that is considering the move to 1:1 (you can also see Doukas featured on our very first Daily Edventures Web Show). Enjoy!
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