New York.- By Catherine Tsounis
Productive technology tools make a difference in education. Educator/Counselor Alexander Colombos presented a multi-media presentation on “Learning History and Greek Manuscripting and ancient Manuscript” at the First Symposium of the Greek Teachers Association “Prometheus”, the Federation of Hellenic-American Educators & Cultural Associations of America and the Pan Pontian Federation of the United States and Canada on Sunday February 17th, in the Library of St. Demetrios School of the St. Demetrios Cathedral of Astoria. Over 125 persons attended.
“Impress students with hands on learning and digital presentations,” said Mr. Colombo. “We must review primary sources on epigrams, alphabet and language. Students and adults will be encouraged to draw and create manuscripts. On Pinterest or Instagram, students can follow my steps for book binding, page decoration and preparation of pages in ancient writing (paleography) and codicology.”
Slides on 1-13 century Greek papyrus, parchments, scrolls, palimpsest and illuminated manuscripts were shown to help students learn the history of Greek writing and alphabet. “The slides’ purpose is to inspire critical questioning and collaboration on Greek historical identity,” he said. “Books for early grades should focus on pre-history, Classical, Byzantine and Ecclesiastical history. Junior High and High School books should follow Papaloizos Publications and Litsas books on Ancient and Byzantine History and Philip Katsaros History of Modern Greece.”
He demonstrated “How to create a pin on Pinterest”. Pinterest is a social network that allows users to visually share and discover new interests by posting (known as ‘pinning’ on Pinterest) images or videos to their own or others’ boards (i.e. a collection of ‘pins,’ usually with a common theme) and browsing what other users have pinned.1 Educator Colombos’ multi-media presentation was impressive and informative.
“We must review primary sources on epigrams, alphabet and language,” said Educator Alexander Columbos in his multimedia presentation. “Propaganda is spread that Christians destroyed Papyrus. Scholars wrote the Greek liturgy over ancient manuscripts for economic purposes. Educators can contact me on the use of multimedia materials. Visit our website http://www.greekteachersprometheus.org/.
Alexander Colombos was born on February 18, 1976, in New York, from Pyrgi, Chios. He grew up in Athens and specifically in Haidari. There he went to elementary, Junior high school and high school, where he followed the 3rd Track of Specialization Electives: Arts & Humanities (Ancient Greek, Latin, history, Modern Greek Composition). After that, he came to New York for his college education. He graduated from Queens College of the City University of New York with a Bachelors undergraduate in psychology, pedagogy and history teaching and social studies, in which he holds a related teaching license as well as history, archaeology and history art. From the same university, he received a Master’s in History, specializing in ancient Greek history and archaeology and did his Master Thesis Research in Chios, Greece, in field research conducted by himself and at the Museum of Kallimasia in which his finds are exhibited. Immediately afterward, he did a second Masters in Human Relations Psychology and Clinical Counseling at the New York Institute of Technology (School of Allied Health Professions).
He has specialized in practice counseling for children, adolescents and young adults with learning disabilities, ADHD, and autism as well as applied psychophysiology, neurotherapy and biofeedback, and has continued with special seminars with renowned professors such as Adam Crane. He spent several years in public schools and Greek parochial schools. He also tutored, especially in ancient Greek, Latin, and Modern Greek as a second language and in special education. In 2011, after lectures at major international and international conferences and publications in major scholarly journals, he received a scholarship from the RSA (Rehabilitation Service Agency), where he took his third masters in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling and Guidance for people with disabilities and psychosocial problems in which industry, he did research and conference presentations and was a college teaching assistant at the New Mexico Highlands University. Since then, he has been working as a Certified Rehabilitation counselor (CRC) with the job title of vocational/educational counselor at a Therapeutic Community for people with substance abuse and alcoholism.
He is currently doing his doctoral studies in Educational Psychology and Education at California Coast university (online),since the end of 2017. His specialization was always the psycho-pedagogical approaches to Hellenic Culture, with emphasis on the passage from Antiquity to Byzantium, that is the Hellenistic Age. Recently, he was selected by the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a volunteer at the Department of Museum Education. Lastly, he attends on-line courses in paleography, codicology, illustrated manuscripts, human osteoarcheology, and Roman archaeology and art. He is a member of the following scientific associations: an active member of scientific associations, such as the American Counseling Association. The National Honor Society in Psychology of Chi Chi, the Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, the Association of Rehabilitation in Substance Abuse, the American Philological Association, and the Ancient Historians Association, and the Archaeological Institute of America. He is also a member of Prometheus for 24 years and today he is the Secretary General and Technologist, elected for the second consecutive term and with a yearly extension and the creator and manager of Prometheus website.
- 1. https://www.infront.com/blog/the-blog/what-is-pinterest-and-how-does-it-work
Photos- Prof Alexander Colombo with slide presentation