1st International Athens Conference "Play on Early Education"
Day 3:                       Saturday April 13, 2019
All-day Session:       Getting Play (keynote, presentations & workshops)
We talk about play being freely chosen. In this session, Meynell will talk a lot about what play truly is and rest of the presenters will argue on how it fits the learning process. They all are going to be challenging and provocative. They are going to try to shatter some myths and probably pose more questions than give answers. They will then try to respond to questions! The conference will end with a number of hands-on workshops, aiming to engage participants into innovative forms of freely chosen play.
Duration:                  9.45 am- 6.00 pm
10.00 - 11.00:  Keynote speech
“There is no such thing as Free Play!”
When talking about play I often hear people using the phrase 'free play' as if supposing that there is such a thing as structured play. There is either ‘play’ or ‘not play’ and to conflate play itself with other concepts such as ‘risky’, ‘nature’, ‘outdoor’ has the potential to be giving out the wrong messages about what play is, how it is experienced by children and the potential of play being hijacked by adults for their own purposes.
11.00 - 11.20:   Break
11.20 - 12.35:   Presentations         
Ross Williams (Australia)
“Is play-based learning leaving children’s learning a chance?”
“Promoting Outdoor Play and Learning in Preschool: The Moving and Learning Outside Erasmus+ Project”
John Yiannoudis & Dorothy Snot team (Greece)
“Life-Derived Learning: playing in the real world”

12.35 - 13.00:   Q & A session
13.00 - 14.30:   Lunch break
14.30 - 18.00:   Workshops
Workshops aim to provide participants with hands-on experience on how non-directed play can be introduced into children life. We try to include in this session innovative approaches & activities that will help us adults enhance our out-of-the-box thinking, when it comes to children's play.
Each workshop has its own requirements and maximum number of participants which will be eventually announced. Some of them may overlap, while some others may be held twice during the afternoon. Stay tuned for the details.
"Playing in Nature"
Over the past decade there has been a growing international interest in nature settings for children. Why is this? How do children benefit from playing outdoors? What extra opportunities for learning and development does nature offer to children? What should pedagogues take into consideration if they are to create these opportunities? In this workshop we will play, we will share experiences and we solve problems in an attempt to get some answers to these questions.
“DIY with power tools in kindergarten”
Engaging children into DIY play on a free will basis, greatly enhances their creative thinking & problem solving attitude. Hardly they play afterwards with the item produced, since they have enjoyed most playing during the construction!
“Light & shadows”
How do we learn through playing with light and shadows? How do we make the experience meaningful and relevant? A workshop to find answers to these and other questions...
“Ringworld as an interactive and adventurous play space”
The aim of Ringworld is to provide an environment in which all children can play. We understand that play is something that children do, that they are in control of, that they make the choices about what they do, when they do it, and how they do it. Children’s play is not controlled or led by adults.

Ndioba Ngom, Jenny Diamantopoulou & Stavroula Gaoutsi (Life-derived learning)
“Feel the Rhythm: playing the Djembe in Early Education”
What is Mindfulness? Why is it a useful tool for  educators? What is the benefit and outcome by being Mindful for the children themselves?
(more to come)
18.00 - 19.00:   Closing Party
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