November 14, 2019 | Heraklion Crete

CRISSH2020 Symposium

Acquiring Digital Competence in the classroom. The experience of primary and secondary schools in Europe.

After almost three years of intensive work, the CRISS Consortium would like to share the major outcomes of the project within the CRISS Symposium. The event will take place on 14 November 2019 in Heraklion, at IBIS Hotel.

CRISS is a research and innovation project, supported by the European Commission within the Horizon 2020 programme. CRISS has been designed and implemented with the aim to demonstrate how digital competences could be acquired, evaluated and certified in the classrooms of primary and secondary schools in Europe. The platform was successfully piloted and evaluated during the academic year 2018-19, in a large-scale pilot, involving more than 40.000 students, 2.389 teachers, and 400 primary and secondary schools from all over Europe.

Educators from all over Europe will be presenting their and their students experiences, and best practices. We aim at creating a fruitful discussion on the future of digital competence acquisition in the classroom with national and international education sector representatives, policy makers, researchers, teachers, parents and students, creating synergies and exploring the opportunities for scaling up the project.

Please join us at the Symposium to learn about the CRISS Project results and share your own experiences and views. The CRISS Consortium is looking forward to welcoming you in Heraklion on the 14th of November.


Hotel Ibis Styles Heraklion Central

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Wednesday November 13th
Welcome Social Event at Peskesi Restaurant
Thursday November 14th
Welcome with coffee
Session Chair: Anna Palaiologk
Welcome on behalf of CRISS project – Anna Palaiologk, CRISS Project Coordinator, EXUS
Opening speech – Emmanouil Kartsonakis, Regional Director of Primary and Secondary Education of Crete
Opening speech – Sofia Zacharaki, Deputy Minister of Education in Greece
Digital for Education – European Commission programmes H2020 & HORIZON EUROPE (2021-2027) – Marcel Watelet, Project Officer of CRISS, European Commission, DG CNECT G2: Interactive Technologies, Digital for Culture and Education
Modern Societal Needs: Information, Algorithmic, and Computational Thinking and Training, in Large Numbers – Manolis G.H. Katevenis, Professor of Computer Science, University of Crete; Stelios Pichoridis, Award 2015 for Outstanding University Teaching
The CRISS birth deficit scenario, the experience of a class in Greece – Georgios Vouzaxakis, Teacher of Economics, High School of Mohos, Greece
Award Ceremony for schools which piloted CRISS in Greece
Session Chair: Giorgos Panselinas
Digital competences in primary and secondary education in Greece. The core learning subjects of Informatics and ICT – Nikolaos Grammenos, National ICT Consultant, Greek Institute of Educational Policy
Implementing CRISS scenarios on-line – Konstantinos Tserpelis, Teacher at 4th Lower Secondary School of New Heraklion, Greece
CRISS @ 4th Primary School of Farsala: One month one Scenario, a unique experience! – Evangelia Spanou, Computer Science Teacher at 4th Primary School of Farsala, Greece
How to improve digital competences with CRISS: the case of Romania – Stanca Cosma, English Teacher at “Regina Maria” Secondary School of Arad, Romania
Poster Session – LUNCH
Session Chair: Lourdes Guardia and Marcelo Maina
ET2020, Digital competence of educators – Airina Volungevičienė, immediate past President of the European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN)
The experience of an online class in Spain – Ana Romero Girón and Francisco Ángel Pérez López, Teachers at BMV Irlandesas de BAMI, Spain
CRISS experiences from Escola Pia de Catalunya (primary and secondary schools) – Conxi Curto, English Teacher at Escola Pia Sarrià-Calassanç, Barcelona, Spain
CRISS experiences from Croatia (primary & secondary schools) – Jasmina Kljunić, Teacher of Computer Science at Secondary Administrative School of Zagreb, Croatia; Marina Vukančić, Teacher of Mathematics, Primary school Ive Andrića, Zagreb, Croatia
Session Chair: Manfredi Treggiari
Innovation procurement by public bodies in Europe – Ana Lucía Jaramillo, Senior Legal Advisor at European Assistance for Innovation Procurement initiative (EAFIP)
Learning to Weave: digital competence as curricular threads in Sweden – Ross Campbell, English Teacher at Torsbergsgymnasiet, Bollnäs, Sweden

The experience of a class in Italy – Alessandra Pazzagli, English, Italian and Technology Teacher at I Circolo Didattico San Filippo Primary School, Città di Castello, Italy

The expriencie of a class in Italy (high school) – Matteo De Bennassuti – Math, Physics Teacher at ITIS Leopoldo and Alice Franchetti Secondary School, Città di Castello, Italy

Panel discussion with all keynote speakers – The future of EU research in Education
Poster Session – Networking event
Friday November 15th

Cultural excursion: Visit to the famous and one of the most visited museums in the World, The Heraklion Archaeological Museum ( You will have the chance to see the famous disk of Phaistos and other exhibits of the Minoan civilization.


Visit to the emblematic archeological sight of Crete the Minoan Palace of Knossos.




Mrs. Sofia Zacharaki

Deputy Minister of Education in Greece

Sofia Zacharaki

Sofia Zacharaki is the deputy Minister of Education and religious affairs.

Before her appointment, she served as the spokesperson for Nea Demokratia, the then leading opposition centre-right party in Greece, an EPP member party. Before that and for more than 2 years, Sofia was the party’s deputy spokesperson. Prior to that, in 2012 until 2014 she was the European and International Affairs advisor to the Minister of Development and participated in the preparation of the Greek Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

A state department programme alumnus, in 2015 she represented Greece in the International Leadership Visitor Programme in the USA in the field of “The role of Private Public Partnerships in restructuring economies”. In the past, she worked as a teacher in state and private schools in Greece , as a European Affairs executive in the Greek Ministry of Education and the Secretariat for lifelong learning and youth policies.

Dr. Emmanouil Kartsonakis

Regional Director of Primary and Secondary Education of Crete

Emmanouil Kartsonakis

Dr. Emmanouil Kartsonakis studied Electrical Engineering at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Technological Educational Institute of Crete (1982-1985), then at the Department of Physics, University of Crete (1985-1989), followed by his doctoral thesis at the Department of Philosophy and Social Studies of the University of Crete in History and Philosophy of Sciences (1989-1994).He has been working in public education since 1990. He has served in the Experimental High School of Heraklion for 20 of his 26 years of service, where he has been approved as Director 2015-2019. He was the first Deputy Head of Secondary Education of the School of European Education in Heraklion (20 08-2009).

He has worked as a Research Associate in Departments of TEI of Crete (1995-2011) and as Associate Lecturer at the Hellenic Open University (2006-2018). He has lectured and taught at european universities as a Visiting Professor. He has presented many papers in international and national conferences, he has published 35 papers in international journals and conference proceedings and he has authored and translated scientific books. Member of conference committees, an independent reviewer of journals and a member of many scientific associations.

He has been involved in national research projects and he has an extensive experience in European programs as an external evaluator of the European Commission, IKY and INDEVIM for the Erasmus + program. He has participated in study visits to ARION training executives, coordinated school partnerships within the Socrates program(2000-2012) and represent our country at European Commission events on the European Socrates Program (2000-2006). He has been a Promoter of the Socrates program for Crete (2000-2006) and an Ambassador for the etwinning program (2005-2012).

He has participated and coordinated many school activity programs in the schools he taught.

He has been a trainer for the national teachers’ training courses at (1995-2011) and he has coordinated EPEAEK training programs in collaboration with the University of Crete.

He speaks excellent English.

He is involved in art photography being an international photographer. Member of the Fédération Internationale del Art Photographique (FIAP), has received the A.FIAP, E.FIAP and E.FIAP / bronze titles. He has participated in many group photography exhibitions and has organized individual photography exhibitions (2018, 2019). His photos have been awarded at international photography competitions and have been featured in photo exhibitions in many countries.

He is married to Maria Vasilakis and they have two children, Kostas 31 and Ioanna 24 years old.

Mr. Marcel Watelet

European Commission, Luxembourg.


Project Officer at the Unit G2 (Interactive Technologies, Digital for Culture and Education) of the Directorate Communications Networks, Content & Technology (DG CNECT). European Commission, Luxembourg.


Mr. Nikolaos G. Grammenos

National ICT Consultant

Nikolaos Grammenos

Nikolaos Grammenos is a counselor in the field of “Computer Science and Informatics” and the coordinator of the “Information and Communications Technology – I.C.T.” subunit of the Institute of Educational Policy.

He has been honored with the prize “Award of Excellence in Telecommunications” given by the Ericsson Company as a representative of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

He has worked as an Educational Director for the design and implementation of Advanced I.T. skills in Greece for about three years. He has participated in several European and National projects as a project manager, as a work packages manager and as a member of working groups, and in many educational commissions of the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs. He is also an evaluator of investment plans in Informatics and Telecommunications at a national level.

He is responsible for designing and developing the National Platform of Digital Educational Scenarios (A.E.S.O.P. – Advanced Electronic Scenarios Operating Platform) for the primary and secondary education in Greece.

He is currently the project manager of the co-financed project: “Training interventions to strengthen school structures of the educational system” which includes the training of teachers and educational executives a) for the introduction of descriptive assessment in compulsory education b) on the new Curricula for Foreign Language teaching c) on the new Curricula for Religious Education and d) to support the education of refugees’ children.

He has designed and developed educational software (psychometric tool) for career guidance in secondary education which is currently the basic tool used by all the Centers of Guidance in Greece.

Mrs. Ana Lucia Jaramillo

Corvers Procurement Services B.V.

Ana Lucia Jaramillo

Ana Lucia Jaramillo (LLM)  is part of the team of Corvers Procurement Services B.V. ( a leading  expert firm  in Public Procurement based in the Netherlands, which executes the European Assistance for Innovation Procurement initiative of the European Commission ( Within the framework of EAFIP, she  has contributed to the development of the EAFIP methodology and the Practical Guide on Innovation Procurement (EAFIP-Toolkit), as well as to the  technical and legal assistance  of  innovation procurement projects across Europe, in the sectors of defence, security, water, mobility, among others. She holds a Master degree  in International and European Law of the University of Amsterdam and  is a Juris Doctor of  the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador. She is an expert in alternative dispute resolution and has been a lecturer in different universities of the Americas and Europe. Currently, she also carries out doctoral research activities on Value Engineering in Public Procurement.

Dr. Manolis Katevenis

Professor of Computer Science at University of Crete

Manolis Katevenis

Manolis Katevenis received the Ph.D. degree from U.C.Berkeley in 1983 and the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award in 1984 for his thesis on “Reduced Instruction Set Computer (RISC) Architectures for VLSI”.

After a brief term on the faculty of Computer Science at Stanford University, CA USA, he is in Greece, with the University of Crete and with FORTH, since 1986, where he is today Professor and Head of the Computer Architecture and VLSI Systems Laboratory.

After RISC, his research has been on interconnection networks and on interprocessor communication in parallel and cluster computing based on protected, user-level, zero-copy Remote DMA.

Katevenis is a Member of the Academy of Europe, a founding partner and a member of the Steering Committee of the HiPEAC European Network of Excellence, and a recipient of the 2015 Stelios Pichoridis Award for Outstanding University Teaching.
His home page is:

Prof. Dr. Airina Volungevičienė

Director of Innovative Studies Institute

Airina Volungevičienė

Prof. Dr. Airina Volungevičienė has been working among leading researchers, methodology specialists and education policy makers in the area of technology enhanced learning (TEL) development in Europe and Lithuania since 1997. Having established the national network for distance and e-learning in the country, then Lithuanian Distance and e-Learning association (2010), she continued as a leader in research and project work to promote the development of TEL in Lithuania and Europe, introducing many innovations in different education organizations from school, VET, adult learning and higher education sectors. Her main concern at Vytautas Magnus University is to direct Institute activities to implement its mission: to advise University teachers to design distance learning and teaching (DL/T) curriculum, to ensure DL/T quality, to get DL/T curriculum quality assurance at University, to organize online studies successfully, and to ensure DL/T accreditation and quality assurance at the national and international level.

She is involved in EDEN Governance since 2009, as the Board member, Vice President for Research (2016 – 2019) and the President (2016 – 2019). Collaboration with UNESCO IITE in application of technologies in education, OER development, as well as UNESCO IBE for Collaborative Master study program of „Curriculum development“ allows mainstreaming of expert knowledge and the development of open professional collaboration of teachers and academia on global level.

Research interests 

Since 2007, her research activities are based at Vytautas Magnus University. She coordinates international projects and implements research with the focus on:

  • TEL curriculum designing
  • Experimentation of innovations in education
  • TEL quality assurance
  • virtual mobility of students and teachers
  • open educational resources and practices
  • TEL integration into an organization
  • Open and online learning for digital and networked society
  • Recognition of open and online learning, valid solutions for virtual learning environments
  • Learning analytics as a metacognitive tool and method

She published more than 30 papers on TEL, virtual mobility and OERs, as well as 5 research studies and 2 monographs.



Dr. Giorgos Vouzaxakis

Teacher of Economics

Giorgos Vouzaxakis

Giorgos Vouzaxakis holds a PhD in Education (economic courses curricula and sustainable development through the support of ICTs), University of Crete (2018). He holds a Master Degree in Education from Greek Open University (2013), a Master of Science in Computer Studies (E-commerce) » from University of Essex UK (2004) and a degree in Economics from University of Macedonia Greece (2001). He also holds a « Certificate in Education and Teaching» from School of Pedagogical and Technological Education, Greece (2007). He has been a teacher of Economics in Greek secondary education since 2007. His publications and research interests concern the didactics of Economics and Business, ICT in Education and Education for Sustainable Development.


Mrs. Stanca Cosma

Teacher of English at “QUEEN MARY” Secondary School in Arad, Romania

Stanca Cosma

My name is Stanca Cosma. I graduated the University from Timisoara, Romania. I am a teacher of English at “QUEEN MARY” Secondary School in Arad, Romania and a teacher trainer. I have worked in education for 32 years.

I am a teacher and also a facilitator in CRISS Project.

Mrs. Conxi Curto

Teacher of English and head of the English department at Escola Pia Sarrià-Calassanç in Barcelona

Conxi Curto

Conxi Curto holds a degree in English Philology from the Universitat de Barcelona. She is a teacher of English and head of the English department at Escola Pia Sarrià-Calassanç in Barcelona.

Mrs. Jasmina Kljunić

Teacher of Computer Science in secondary school Administrative School Zagreb

Jasmina Kljunic

Jasmina Kljunić has a master’s degree from the Faculty of Organization and Informatics. After her study, she worked as a Computer Science teacher at several schools. She is currently employed as a Computer Science teacher at the Administrative School Zagreb, Croatia.

Her subject of interest is electronic and mobile learning, the impact of digital technologies on brain development in children and young people. In 2015, at the CECIIS Conference in Varaždin, she published and presented a scientific paper co-authored with Assistant Professor Diana Plantak Vukovac (Ph.D.), “A Survey on Usage of Mobile Devices for Learning among Tertiary Students in Croatia”.

She participated in an Erasmus + project called “Digital School”, where she runs various activities and workshops for students and teachers at the school. She joined the European CRISS project through CARNET (user partner) which main aim is to acquire and evaluate students’ digital competences. She is involved in volunteer work and has organized IT workshops for retirees, participated in the organization and promotion of cultural events and created a website for kindergarten “Runolist” from Lepoglava. She is a member of the Sound Report Association and the Blank Film Association.

Mrs. Anna Palaiologk

CRISS Project Coordinator, EXUS

Anna Palaiologk

Anna Palaiologk is the Coordinator of the CRISS project and a Senior Research Consultant at EXUS. Anna has a background in Economics having studied in Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Netherlands and the University of Macedonia in Greece. She works in the European ICT research scene since 2008. Having worked for a number of employers across Europe, Anna has a deep understanding of the European digital market and a broad knowledge of the ICT value chain in a variety of domains.

Before EXUS, Anna has worked for the High Performance Computing Centre of Stuttgart (HLRS) in Germany, where she represented the interests of the Automobile industry of the BW region in large IT infrastructure projects.

Anna has also worked for Ecorys in the Netherlands as a Policy Analyst for various DGs including DG EMPL, DG ECHO and OLAF as well as for international development institutions such as the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. During her time at the Dutch Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS) Institute and while working for Charles Beagrie Ltd Anna specialized in cost-benefit analysis of data preservation and management.

Anna has also worked as a Business Development Manager for an SME in Spain. Her current research interests focus on developments in Big Data analytics and Artificial Intelligence applications.

Mr. Francisco Ángel Pérez López & Dr. Ana Romero Girón

“BVM Irlandesas de BAMI” school. Seville. SPAIN

Francisco Ángel Pérez has a degree in Mathematics from the University of Seville and his specialties are algebra, geometry and topology. He was an Associate Professor at the University of Seville in the Applied Economics department. He is now the Head Teacher at BVM Irlandesas School where he has had different leadership positions and has led some important innovative projects.

Ana Romero Girón is a Ph.D. Architect from the University of Seville (2017). She holds a Master Degree in Education (2014) and a Master in Diagnosis and Repair of Buildings (2010) from the University of Seville. Since she graduated as an architect, she has collaborated in research projects and has some architecture publications. At the moment, she works as a teacher at BVM Irlandesas School and she’s a Certified Google Trainer.

Mrs. Evangelia Spanou

Information and Computer science teacher

Evangelia Spanou

Evangelia Spanou was born in Farsala (Prefecture of Larissa) and studied Computer Science and Telecommunications at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

She participated in working groups at the Energy Policy and Development Center of the University of Athens with the aim of studying issues related to energy and climate change. Worked at Lambrakis Press organization and IBM Hellas as an analyst-programmer.

Since 2004 she is working as an information and Computer science teacher for secondary and then primary education.

She uses project method in teaching and participates with her students to programs and competitions such as:

  • programs on culture and local history (Ministry of Education),
  • e-twinning programs,
  • European CRISS pilot program,
  • Implementing Frene method in primary education,
  • Bebras, Bravo Schools, the Festival of Digital Creation, Code Week and Hour of Code.

Mr. Konstantinos Tserpelis

Teacher at the 4th Secondary School of Heraklion

Konstantinos Tserpelis

I have a multiyear strong experience and deep knowledge of business processes in Commercial Companies, but also of information and communication technologies in Educational Institutes, due to my career development in companies and sectors of multifold activities, both on private and public sector.

I have been instructor in various educational trainings and seminars, for teachers or students. For the last six years I have organized and participated in Cultural Projects in school, as well as long educational visits in Greece or abroad, with most recent the 4-day trip to Germany-France with a group of 40 students and core event the visit to the European Parliament in Strasburg.

My digital educational scenario titled “The Mediterranean Sea” has received “Best Scenario Award” by the Greek Institute of Educational Policy of the Ministry of Education.

Recently I was certified in CRISSmooc: Acquisition, assessment and certification of Digital Competence and acted as coordinator of the CRISS project involving 2 colleagues and 12 students of my school.

Mrs. Marina Vukančić

Teacher of Math in elementary school Ive Andrić in Zagreb, Croatia.

Marina Vukancic

Marina Vukančić graduated from the Faculty of Science, Department of Mathematics Educations. Currently, she is employed as a Math teacher in elementary school Ive Andrića in Zagreb, Croatia. She is a coordinator of e-register, the project leader of several projects and teacher leader of several sports teams (athletics, football, badminton, handball, etc.) in her school. She is the project leader of several projects either on a local or international level. In her free time, she runs a lot and participates in each marathon race which is held in Zagreb and Croatia.

She participates frequently in various educations and workshops from the field of information and communication technologies with the aim to improve her skills and knowledge.

Her aim is to be a good teacher as she can, to do her best in teaching, share the experience with her students and colleagues and always try to improve her knowledge.


Invitation for poster presentations at the “CRISS H2020 Symposium on Acquiring Digital Competence in the classroom – the experience of primary and secondary schools in Europe”

Symposium topic: Use of ICT tools in Education

Dear respected colleagues,

We would like to kindly invite you to share your project ideas, solutions, experiences, insights, theoretical and practical knowledge and recent studies on innovative use and integration of information and communication technologies into different educational systems in a Poster Session during the “CRISS H2020 Symposium on Acquiring Digital Competence in the classroom – the experience of primary and secondary schools in Europe” , which will take place in Heraklion (Crete Island, Greece) to 14 November.

The “CRISS H2020 Symposium on Acquiring Digital Competence in the classroom – the experience of primary and secondary schools in Europe”, is organised by CRISS project, supported by the European Commission within Horizon 2020 programme. CRISS has been designed and implemented with the aim to demonstrate how digital competences could be acquired, evaluated and certified in the classrooms of primary and secondary schools in Europe.  Educators from all over Europe will be presenting their and their students experiences with using the CRISS platform during the school year 2018/2019.

Please note that your poster/topic can be related to any level of education (primary or secondary schools, universities, life-long education, etc.), should convey your key findings and be visually appealing so as to grab the attention of attendees.

All submitted posters will undergo our selection procedure; the selected posters will be displayed in a dedicated space during the CRISS H2020 Symposium and during a dedicated slot in the conference the authors will be invited to present their posters. Please note that travel costs to this event are eligible for justification as dissemination costs of projects supported by the European Commission.

We would be honoured to welcome you at the CRISS H2020 Symposium in Crete island and excited to find out about and discuss your work with a broad network of researchers, professionals and practitioners participating.

How to apply

Submit your application by email to Kristina Posavec ( and Mirjam Hillenius (

It should contain:

  1. Contact information
  2. A short CV (maximum one page).
  3. Your paper/poster in PDF form.

Please try to  be clear, concise and creative. Dimensions of the poster should be minimum 36” high x 48” wide or 91.4 cm high x 121.9 cm wide in landscape orientation or 48” high x 36” wide or 121.9 cm high x 91.4 cm wide in portrait orientation.

It is important that all instructions in the submissions process are followed carefully.

Deadline:  31/10/2019 (23:58h CET).  Submissions received after this date will not be considered.

If you require more information, please do not hesitate to email Kristina Posavec ( and Mirjam Hillenius (