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Best wishes for a happy, full and beautiful new year!!! 🙂 



STA.M museum

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STA.M is a modern museum in Gent which reflects the whole history of the city! If you visit Gent, it is one of the best choices for you! I have already visited it two times, during my stay here, and I have to say that I was impressed of the use of technology in it. I will try to give you some of its basic points from my point of view and I hope that you will find them as interesting as I did!

It has a permanent exhibition and different temporary exhibitions. In its permanent exhibition STAM traces Gent’s evolution through to the present day and, wherever it is possible, even provides a glimpse of the future. This is done by drawing on the ‘Ghent collection’.

Each room of the “chronological trail” is about a different period of history

1. Introduction area (room 0)
This room is like a giant map of the city! The visitors can walk on the city’s map (wearing shoe covers, in order to let the floor be protected). There are also four computers; on them you can choose different ages (1534, 1641, 1912 and 2008) and see the city as it was during these periods. A city’s maquette exists in the centre of the room and three different videos are projected onto the wall.

2. Earliest development (…-1200) (room 1)
The main point of this room is the earliest core of the city and also the presence of man in this period. Stone sculptures and illuminated manuscripts illustrate the importance and vigour of the rival abbeys of St Bavo and St Peter for the city.

3. Metropolis (1200-1600) (room 3)
This room is about the city in the Middle Ages, when it was one of the biggest cities in Europe.

4. A quiet period (1600-1800) (room 5)
The political calm and the return of economic growth are the basic points of this period, when great festivities were organised even for countless events.

5. Industrial city (1800-1950) (room 7)

Industrialisation forced the city to expand beyond its mediaeval limits. A lot of infrastructure work was done to make sure this expansion was not chaotic. The historical centre also transformed thoroughly.

6. Expanding city (1950-today) (room 8)

This room indicates the new economic activities, the development of the city as the largest educational centre in Flanders and it shows its aspect as a network city.

7. The city of tomorrow (room 9) 
Urban planning and architectural projects on various scales illustrate the unending work of developing the city.

The separate themes

There are two rooms that present very famous themes: Charles V (room 4) and the theft of the “Just judges” (room 6) panel from the painting “The adoration of the Mystic Lamp” by the Van Eyck brothers. The first one is one of the most interesting rooms, in my opinion, because the story is like a brain-storming map on the walls and additionally you can listen to it in 4 different languages (English, French, Netherlands and Deutsch).

Multimedia points!

1. Views of Gent.    Four views of Ghent have been digitalized, enabling you to travel through time and the evolving city. Ingenious multimedia techniques plunge you into history and whisk you off on an exciting journey packed with images and information. If you navigate with the mouse on every map, you can see the the streets, the squares, the monuments and the important buildings get enlightened. If you click on them, you open an information screen about each one of them. It is very interesting the fact that there are four different maps or views of the city:

  • The Panoramic View of Ghent dates from1534 and is the oldest painted picture of the city.
  • The second map dates from 1641. It was made by Henricus Hondius and is normally kept in the university library.
  • The 1912 Ground Plan of Ghent derives from the archives of the Department of Roads, Bridges and Waterways.
  • The fourth ‘map’ is an aerial photograph of modern-day Ghent.
You can find the computers in different rooms in the museum, such as room 0 and room 5.
2. Multi-touch tables.     They concern the period from 1950 to the present day. Image databanks enable visitors to view the collection in a natural and intuitive manner, using their hands to touch, drag, enlarge and reduce content without computer experience being required.
You can find them in the room number 8.

3. Story benches.   You can sit, choose one of the 4 languages (English, French, Netherlands and Deutsch) and listen to stories about Gent.

You can find them in different points along the way of the time-line.

Even if it is a museum concerning the history of the town, both, its modern side and the use of technology, make it really interesting and different! That’s why it is a nice place to bring the students and organize a lesson about the town. However, they have to know Dutch in order to understand everything, as almost all the labels are only in Dutch. In my point of view also, it is possible to organize a lesson with older students (in last classes of primary school and high school).
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Exploring educational software workshop

During this workshop, Elpida and I made a presentation for three different educational softwares. We explored them and we evaluated them according to a checklist with different groups of criteria (Package, Pedagogy/Educational Value, Content, Ease of Use/Flexibility, Student Proof, Fun). We explored the following educational softwares:

  • A Dutch paint program, the “Tux paint”.
  • A Greek software package, which is free for downloading and installing on the computer. It is about the environmental education and it can be found here (Number 16). More information about this package can be found in  a webpage that we and our friends created for the I.C.T. lessons in Greece. The information is in Greek, but you can still check it here!
  • An online activity, “Swimming is fun for fish”, which can be found here.

Oh! You can also see our presentation here!




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Photoshop workshop

During this workshop we worked on the progrm “Adobe Photoshop Elements 10”. We downloaded the trial version and we worked in small groups in order to create a poster, a flyer and a menu card for a festival week. Elpida and I decided to make them having on mind a Christmas festival week organized in our school. So, we found some pictures οn the inetrnet and we made these, using only the Photoshop Elements program:

The poster

The flyer

The menu card


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Audacity workshop

During this workshop, we worked on an audacity program and we had to make a totally new sound. I worked with my friend, Elpida, and we recorded three sounds, two rythmes and the song, and we combined them.

  • The fisrt sound was the continuous rythme.
  • The second sound was the song. It is a greek song for children that we sing at school.
  • The thid sound was the rythme with our hands and fingers at the moment when the song stopped.

You can listen what we’ve done here !!!

Travelling around!!!

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Belgium is the perfect place if you wanna travel around Europe!

It has also beautiful places within its borders!

Here are some pictures of my travel experience…

Antwerp, Bruges, Leuven, Brussels, London, Luxembourg, Amsterdam

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First impressions of Gent… 

                                 I arrived here on the 17th of September with my friend, Elpida,being very excited about our Erasmus!

                                And even if we had some difficulties in the begining, we made it to keep our enthousiasm and excitement!!! Gent was much colder than Greece and we had no home here, but we tried and we did it!

And yes… it’s our Erasmus town and it’s FUN!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂