Schools Study Earthquakes: The incredible network of School Seismographs

27-31 July 2020

In the Schools Study Earthquakes Virtual Summer School 2020, the participants will be introduced to the basics of seismology and the value of the studying of earthquakes for the science and for the community. Special emphasis will be given to the use of School Study Earthquake Network’s Data in class. This will empower participants to engage in innovative practices through personal and individualized support, in addition to the provision to the suite of supporting tools.

Concurrently, there will be a focus on the accurate presentation of the network of the seismographs along with its functions. All elements will be displayed in detail and participants by the end of this webinar will be able to use the interactive map, to obtain data from each of the stations, to download data (without possessing an instrument) and to follow and monitor the proper function of the network.

Seismology Experts, Pedagogues, Curriculum Developers, Local Authorities, Advanced Educational Applications Developers and Schools joined forces during the project, to design, develop and validate an innovative professional development program for supporting the in-service training of teachers on topics related to Seismology education as a whole school approach. Thus, apart from Seismology, participants will be familiarized with the open schooling approach that provides a powerful framework to engage, discuss and explore how schools can facilitate open, more effective and efficient co-design, co-creation, and use of educational content tools and services for personalized science learning and teaching and for citizens science.

SNAC Teachers will be able to play an important role in integrating seismology in the school curriculum, by engaging parents and affect students attitudes, implementing best practices and tools for professionals working with and for children adapted to their age and stages of development and thus improving the quality of their teaching while endorsing innovative methods and digital integration in teaching.

The participants of the Schools Study Earthquakes Virtual Summer School 2020 will have the opportunity to get familiarized with the ways the Schools Study Earthquakes Network can be exploited in order to serve educational purposes. During the first part, very detailed guidelines for the use of the data obtained from the instruments will be presented. Later, participants will be presented to activities that can very easily implemented in real life conditions and can ideally be included in their routines, e.g. “How to find the Epicenter of an Earthquake”.

Furthermore, the participants will be informed about the Automatic Solutions system which automatically receives data from the installed seismometers of the Schools Study Earthquakes Network and displays them in the map, showing all the important parameters of the occurred earthquake and enabling users to download directly from there the related seismic waveform.

Through the Schools Study Earthquakes Virtual Summer School 2020, teachers will also learn to develop educational projects that are proposing solutions to the needs and challenges of their local communities. At this session, the interest will shift to the citizen science angle behind the network and in the ways, it can work for the society’s interest. The role of students and teachers acting as citizen scientists generating open research data in cooperation with scientists from the field of seismology and the big data will be highlighted. Moreover, participants will be presented educational content, which they can use in class using data from the network. Through such an activity the data provided by the network will return to the community a product that could be essential in case of an earthquake.

Adopting the Design For Change (DFC) Process, a standard four-step process to guide students to develop their projects is proposed:

  • Feel: Students identify problems or challenges in their local communities. Students observe problems and try to engage with those who are affected, discuss their thoughts and ideas of solution in groups, and plan of action, based on scientific evidences.
  • Imagine: Students envision and develop creative solutions that can be replicated easily, reach the maximum number of people, generate long-lasting change, and make a quick impact. They are meeting external actors, they are looking for data to support their ideas and they are proposing a series of solutions.
  • Create: Students are implementing the project and they are interacting with external stakeholders to communicate their findings.
  • Share: Students share their stories through text, photos, video, or slideshows with other schools in the SNAC network and local media.

The scope of the Schools Study Earthquakes Virtual Summer School 2020 is to:

  • Improve teachers’ awareness on seismology & strengthen their professional profile
  • Improve teachers’ professional skills enabling them to integrate seismology and best practices into their lessons
  • Train teachers to use the existing Training Material and the SWARM application
  • Challenge teachers to propose new training material and other resources
  • Familiarize teachers with the Open Schooling Approach, the OSOS Portal and the already existing SNAC Communities in Greece, Turkey, Italy Cyprus and Bulgaria.

Through the Schools Study Earthquakes Virtual Summer School 2020 teachers, curriculum developers, policy makers and educational authorities will:

  • gain knowledge and skills in the design and implementation of innovative multidisciplinary educational activities.
  • become developers of educational content and be able to integrate these innovative practices in their own classes.
  • participate in the development of the specialized courses and the course material and thus acquire skills in conceptualizing, planning and evaluating their didactical approaches and methodology.
  • gain knowledge, skills and experiences in organizing resources, uploading them on the SNAC Platform (, and facilitate their sharing and exchange with other teachers.
  • gain experience on the use of educational technology in the classroom and provide interesting classroom experiences for their students.
  • gain intercultural awareness through cooperation with partners from different European countries, adding a new dimension to their teaching that will be based on a new culture of sharing.

The teachers will not only be familiarized with a unique collection of open digital educational resources, but they will also be trained to link them with innovative pedagogical practices, such as using real world learning activities, implementing resource based and project-based approaches, in order to design educational scenarios by repurposing existing eLearning tools

All Times are CEST Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

We start each day:

09:00 in the UK and Portugal

10:00 in Spain, Italy, France, Germany

11:00 in Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Bulgaria

27/07/2020 28/07/2020 29/07/2020 30/07/2020 31/07/2020
10.00 – 11:00

Brief introduction to Seismology and overview of the Network of installed Seismographs

Konstantinos Boukouras
(National Observatory of Athens)
Gregory Milopoulos
(Ellinogermaniki Agogi – EA)

Seismic waveform analysis and the automatic alert software of the SNAC educational seismometer network

Dr. Gerasimos Chouliaras

 Konstantinos Boukouras

(National Observatory of Athens)
Gregory Milopoulos

Innovative Lesson Plans based on the Network of installed Seismographs.


“The sound of the Earth.”   Converting seismic waves    into sound

Manolis Chaniotakis,

Petros Stergiopoulos


Best Practice:

Bulent Cavas

(Dokuz Eylul University)


This day does not include any workshops. Participants create their projects & upload them.  Trainers are available for advice through email

Nikos Zygouritsas

Gregory Milopoulos


Participants present their projects

Konstantinos Boukouras
Sofoklis Sotiriou,
Gregory Milopoulos (EA)

11.00 – 11.30

Identifying links to the STEM curriculum

Sofoklis Sotiriou (Ellinogermaniki Agogi – EA)

Group work: Creating a project in OSOS and Practicing a teaching scenario

Nikos Zygouritsas

Gregory Milopoulos


11.30 – 12:00

Measuring the impact of teaching Seismology in Class.

Marios Papaevripidou, (University of Cyprus)

Building synergies around Europe with common citizen science projects.
The SNAC Communities in OSOSNikos Zygouritsas (EA)

Overview of the Schools Study Earthquakes Virtual Summer School 2020

Gregory Milopoulos (EA)

After registering to the Schools Study Earthquakes Virtual Summer School 2020, we advise you to follow the subsequent steps:

  1. Register to the OSOS portal ( if you are not already a member.
  2. See the SNAC Accelerator on the Open Schools for Open Societies portal
  3. Register to one of the following SNAC Communities on the Open Schools for Open Societies portal:

During the Summer School, the participating teachers will have the opportunity to design their own lessons, work with the presenters and receive comments and advice on them. Upon completion of the Summer School, as a final work to obtain certification, teachers will be asked to complete their course, creating a presentation.

Therefore, participants are advised to prepare a lesson plan on which they will work during the Summer School. To prepare the course plan:

To help you on this task, we have included in the Programme a series of webinars that include the “Open Schooling Roadmap” and “Building synergies around Europe with common projects”. Using the OSOS portal, we would like you to develop at least one school projects that apply the open schooling approach and exploit the SNAC training material.

The SNAC Communities on the Open Schools for Open Societies Portal

There are already existing SNAC Communities on the OSOS portal. During the summer school, you will be asked to use these communities to upload your projects. To become a member of the community, you’ll have to register to the OSOS portal ( if your aren’t already a member.

SNAC accelerator

Take ideas by consulting the SNAC Accelerator. It will help you to proceed more and develop your innovative ideas to new localised projects that could provide new solutions for the school and its community, for bringing the gap between formal and informal learning settings and creating new opportunities for personalisation at different levels (student, teacher, school). You can also look into the School projects that have already been uploaded on the OSOS portal, there are currently more than 1200.

Developing your project

During the days of the summer school, you will have a chance to receive expert advise and work on your project, apply all the features and tools of the OSOS portal and uptake the role of your students in order to finalise the projects.

 Presenting your project

At the last day of the summer school, you will be called to present your project and get valuable feedback from the trainers and the participating teachers.

Dr. Gerasimos Chouliaras was awarded a B.Sc. degree in 1980, from the department of Geophysics, University of Western Ontario, Canada and a Ph.D. degree in Seismology, from the Seismological Institute of the University of Uppsala, Sweden, in 1999. He has worked at the University of Western Ontario, University of Uppsala and the Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport (Earthquake Planning and Protection Organization), Athens, Greece. Since 1990 he is employed at the Institute of Geodynamics, National Observatory of Athens, Greece and now holds a permanent position as a Research Director, principally engaged in research concerning seismic hazard and educational-citizens seismology. He was the coordinator of the Erasmus + “Schools Study Earthquakes (SSE)” project from 2015 to 2017 and a member of the Board of Directors (and in 2 scientific committee’s) for the Earthquake Planning and Protection Organization, Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks.

Dr. Sofoklis Sotiriou has worked at CERN, at the National Center for Scientific Research “DEMOKRITOS” in Athens and in the Physics Laboratory of Athens University. He holds a PhD in High Energy Neutrino Astrophysics and a PhD in Science Education. He is the Head of R&D Department of Ellinogermaniki Agogi, one of the biggest educational institutions in Greece, where has been active in the co-ordination and development of research projects on implementation of advanced technologies (e.g. mobile applications, wearable computers, VR and AR applications, robotics) in science education and training. Since 2001 he is the Director of the Ellinogermaniki Agogi Center for Teachers Training. His main research field is the design, application, and evaluation of virtual and digital media environments that could bridge the gap between formal and informal science learning. He has been involved in a long series of EU joint research and technology funded projects. He is a member of the European Academy of Sciences (since 2003), member of the board of ECSITE (since 2004) and has served as Expert Evaluator to the European Commission FP5 & FP6 Programmes. He has also act as a consultant to the development of the FP7’s Science in Society Work programme. He is author of numerous articles and publications on the use of ICT in science education. He is also author of the Science Textbooks that are used in all primary Greek schools since 2003.

Mr. Konstantinos Boukouras was born in Athens in 1977, he is a graduate of the Department of Electronics of the School of Technological Applications of Athens and has a Master’s degree in Microelectronics from the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He has many years of work experience in many fields of computer science. He started working in 1999 at E.K.E.F.E. “DIMOKRITOS”, supporting the computer network. Since 2003 he has been working at the Geodynamic Institute of the National Observatory. He has extensive experience in the specialized development of information infrastructure, in hardware and software level. He has been involved in the development and programming of software seismological content and in the construction of websites for real-time display of results and data.

He has been trained and specializes in the SeisComP3 seismic package, used internationally to exchange and process real-time seismic data.

Mr. Gregory Milopoulos is an Educational Technology Researcher of the R&D Department of Ellinogermaniki Agogi. He is an Expert in Project Management of large and complex projects, mainly in the field of Educational Technologies and Digital Storytelling. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from the University of Aegean and a Postgraduate Degree in Project Management of Techno-economic Systems from N.T.U.A. From 2009 to 2016 Gregory founded and managed Megaprojects, an R&D consulting company specialising in the exploitation of EU projects’ results. Gregory conceived and was in charge of the proposal preparation and exploitation management of Q-Tales ( a funded H2020 ICT Innovation Action project which created a Collaboration Ecosystem enabling EU Creative SMEs to exchange digital resources and create multi-plot 3D e-books for Children. Before Megaprojects he was the Project Coordinator of the FP7 project “Drugcheck”, for Nosis Ltd. Before that, back in 2006, he was working for Microsoft Hellas S.A as a European Funds Specialist – Local Technical Consultant of The European Union Grants Advisor initiative. Gregory has been dealing with European SMEs since 2001, when he joined the R&D Department of Pouliadis Group of Companies. Gregory coordinated and took part in more than 30 EU funded projects and proposals.

Nikos Zygouritsas graduated from the National University of Athens, Department of Education Sciences. He was awarded a MSc in Educational Technology from the Université Libre de Bruxelles. He has worked as a researcher in the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Faculty of Psychology and Education. He has also worked as an assistant for the on-line courses in Mons University (Educational Technology Unit). For three years he worked as an ICT teacher in the European School of Brussels III. In 2005, he was appointed by the UNESCO International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa and the UNESCO Cluster Office in Addis Ababa as responsible for the teacher training workshop for ICT competencies. He has coordinated and participated in national and international projects in the field of training, education, new technologies and innovation for the application of new technologies in various educational settings. Since May 2014 he is a member of the Ellinogermaniki Agogi Research and Development team.

Dr. Marios Papaevripidou is a Specialist Teaching Fellow of Science Education at the University of Cyprus. He completed a B.A in Elementary Education, an M.A in Learning in Natural Sciences, and a PhD in Learning in Natural Sciences at the University of Cyprus. His research interests entail the use of modelling as both a learning tool and an instructional approach in science teaching and learning at the elementary school level, and also the design and research validation of computer-supported curriculum materials to foster teachers’ professional development in modelling-centered scientific inquiry. He has a strong background in educational research methods and in designing and implementing teacher training workshops/courses. Among others, he is the leading person for the science education school practicum of undergraduate students majoring in elementary school education. Marios Papaevripidou participated in several research projects that focused on enhancing students’ competence in science through modelling- and inquiry-based activities and preparing teachers to enact science teaching through inquiry both in formal and informal educational contexts. He has published several journal articles and book chapters concerning elementary school students and science education.

Prof. Dr. Bulent Cavas completed his undergraduate studies in the field of science education at Dokuz Eylul University, Faculty of Education, Science Teacher Training Programme in 1998. Dr. Cavas holds Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in science education at the same University. He made his Post-Doc on Inquiry Based Science Education in Tartu University-Estonia. He has attended more than 40 international, European and National Projects as a researcher or principal investigator.  He has over 150 national and international publication and written 10 books on science and science education. He has attended and organized many international symposium, congresses and workshops in different countries. Currently, his research interests are Responsible Research and Innovation, Open Schooling, Inquiry Based Science Education, Virtual Reality in Science Education. He is President of International Council of Associations for Science Education (ICASE – Dr. Cavas is serving as board member of Council of Elementary Science International (CESI) in USA. He works as external expert for evaluating European Commission Projects in Brussels-Belgium. Currently, he is working as Professor of Science Education at Dokuz Eylul University ( in Izmir-Turkey.

Emmanuel Chaniotakis holds a degree from the Physics Department (2006-2011), University of Athens and is currently concluding his Master’s Degree (MSc) at the Nuclear and Particle Physics Section of the Physics Department, University of Athens. He has been working on the Research and Development department of “Ellinogermaniki Agogi” since February 2015 and his main activity is the design of educational scenarios based on using new technologies. For his degree, he has worked for the Km3NeT experiment in the study and calibration of 13-inch photomultiplier tubes. In this context he has had a contract as a “Physics Student” with the Km3NeT experiment (Mar.2011- Sep.2011). For his MSc he has worked for the CMS experiment at CERN. In the context of his master’s degree he has participated at the THALES:”NewPhysAtLHC” programme (Nov.2012-Mar.2013) as a scientific associate. He has also done volunteer research as an undergraduate student at the NESTOR Institute for Astroparticle Physics in Pylos,Messinia, Greece (Summer 2008 and 2009). His work there has produced an internal note which has been cited in several publications of the collaboration.

He has taught high school, IB and university physics in the private sector.

Petros Stergiopoulos received his Diploma in Flute Performance (classes of D.Fotopoulos and U.Ruettimann) from the Conservatory of Athens with magna cum laude in 2002. As a professor of Flute & Chamber Music he holds a versatile and long experience in Flute pedagogy in both Public Secondary Education and Private Music Schools. As a member of the Ellinogermaniki Agogi R&D department his research focuses on pilot ICT methods for musical-instrument-teaching in remote areas that encourage Music as a live-performance art. As a streaming-media coordinator specializing in music-education-linkcasts he has been working on the idea of musical ‘sympraxis’ using live interactive environments.