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DISTANCE EDUCATION – Digital Tools and Methods for a Flexible and Modern Education

Distance learning, also called distance education, e-learning, and online learning, is a form of education in which the main elements include physical separation of teachers and students during instruction and the use of various technologies to facilitate student-teacher and student-student communication. Distance education was born and founded with the aim of democratizing access to educational practice. For many years it was a meeting place for trainees who needed flexibility or where unable to physically attend the lessons. Through the years, globalization, spread of knowledge and ideas and development…

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Confronting Cyber-Bullying In Schools

The behavior of young people on the Internet is simply an extension and reflection of the attitudes and forms of discrimination adults models on a regular basis in the physical world. Online activities that support communications for interpersonal, recreation, commercial, education, and government purposes have enabled variations of so-called Internet culture to emerge throughout the amorphous realm of cyberspace where youth and adults interact in ways that extend their activities, experiences, and associations. They do so in largely unmonitored, unregulated, and unsanctioned ways. What a person would rarely…

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ICT IN EDUCATION – Towards a digital and inclusive pedagogy

Nowadays, it is widely accepted that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is used in every step of education. Educators and students face a great challenge and have to cover a distance that separates the knowledge and skills given by schools, today, from the knowledge and skills necessary for the future of the citizens of the emerging knowledge society. Moreover, ICT under pedagogical conditions can be one of the most important tools for educators and students to develop cognitive, social and technological skills in order to be able to…

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In the Flipped Classroom – Applying knowledge before class as a means for an active education

Flipped learning is a pedagogical approach in which the conventional notion of classroom- based learning is inverted, so that students are introduced to the learning material before class with classroom time then being used to deepen understanding through discussion with peers and problem-solving activities facilitated by teachers. Fast forward to the present and the dramatic growth of online content creation, collaboration and distribution tools provide practitioners with an accessible toolkit for delivering flipped learning. Video creation and distribution tools provide the opportunity to create flipped content with ease.…

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The Social Media Classroom

The use of social media for educational purposes The term “social media” includes all those forms of digital technology that allow as to communicate and share information or “content” with others using the internet. Social media include everything from blogs, wikis, and podcast to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, websites and apps. Social media are ideal for educators because they are nimble, flexible, easy to use and often very powerful: they focus on doing one thing only and on doing that thing well. Moreover, with social media students can…

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Without Borders: Intercultural Education and Education of Refuges through cultural heritage, ICT and contemporary art

Migration is a multidimensional and multilevel phenomenon. Its complexity is due to the fact that it is a phenomenon associated with human evolution and it consequently concerns many areas, such as economic policy and culture, but also psychology and sociology. The intercultural approach to a group of learners is expressed through a process where the emphasis is on getting to know and interact with the different cultures that make up a society. Cultural diversity is undoubtedly reflected in the public school. The classroom environment itself, when judged to…

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When Ancient Greek speaks

Many books exist written in the Ancient Greek language that are worth of reading today. Ancient Greek should be so taught as to develop power to read those books in original language. This task, however, is often complicated by the necessity of learning a formidable grammatical nomenclature, and the beginner is often called upon to deal with situations outside his own experience. The research that linguists, psychologists, and language teachers have conducted over the past three decades stress the importance of integrating all four skills – listening, reading,…

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CLIL: Language as tool for innovation and effectiveness in teaching

Contemporary teaching requires up to date methods and tools. Teachers nowadays are not playing the role of the traditional master of knowledge anymore, but they are the medium and the guide in the process of acquiring the new knowledge. CLIL teaching method (Content and Language Integrated Learning) constitutes the key in methodizing the teaching act through the tools it offers to teachers worldwide. CLIL method is designed in order to make the teaching act on the one hand innovative and on the other hand effective. It is based…

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Social Skills in the Diversity era – Cultivating social skills, diversity and participation in the classroom

Educators are often called to handle different challenges working with different types of learners. Some of them can easily build their social relationships; others are very introvert, competitive or even aggressive. Some have self-control and some others may have difficulties regulating their emotions. Some tend to be leaders, while others hesitate to express their opinion. Different aspects influence social development. According to experts, social development correlates with the child’s and adolescent’s environment. Psychologists and social scientists underline that social skills can, and should, be taught. One of the…

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Inclusive Education through Arts

“Creativity concerns what we do with our abilities” David. N.  Perkins, “The Mind’s best work”,1942 Different people learn in different ways. Each of us develops his or her learning style, capacities, preferences, and limitations. Some prefer to start with practical action and then reflect on what does or does not work, others prefer to have the theoretical explanation first. It’s important to learn how to combine positive sides of different personal styles and different methodological approaches to reach as many people as possible. We learn from our own…

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