"Digital School" is a large scale national initiative of the Greek Ministry of Education for the modernisation of school education in Greece.
The “Digital School Platform, Interactive Books and Learning Object Repository” is a flagship project within the Digital School initiative for digital educational content for schools (project website: dschool.edu.gr). It has a duration of five years (2010-2015). Since its beginning it has involved more than 200 teachers, pedagogical and domain experts and academic professors, and around 80 engineers and technical personnel.
Coordinator: Computer Technology Institute and Press "Diophantus"
Target groups: general public, parents, primary school students, secondary school students, teachers, trainee teachers
Topic: Applied sciences, Biology, Computer science, Chemistry, Environmental sciences, Geography, Geology, Maths, Physics
Start year: 2010
End year: 2015
Contact person: Dr Elina Megalou megalou (at) cti.gr
Action 1: The Greek Digital Educational Platform (e-me)
- Design, development and operation of the Greek Digital Educational Platform for all schools, pupils and teachers in primary and secondary education: the e-me platform - currently under development - aims at providing a safe working space for pupils and teachers, with a modern and intuitive environment, to share their content, connect, communicate and collaborate with peers, publish their work, download useful apps and access and efficiently exploit learning resources.
Action 2: Interactive e-textbooks & learning resources
- Creation of interactive e-textbooks for all school disciplines in primary and secondary education: all school textbooks are made available online in digital editable format (HTML) and are being enriched with click-and-play interactive learning resources.
- Development of a large number of open, reusable learning objects covering a wide spectrum of areas and educational objectives of primary and secondary education; these are initially designed and developed for the purpose of enriching the online versions of e-textbooks.
- Design, development and operation of the Interactive Books portal, serving as the official portal of the Greek MoE for hosting and distributing the digital school textbooks (ebooks.edu.gr)
Action 3: The National Digital Repository Infrastructure for Learning Resources for schools (Photodentro)
- Design, development and operation of the Greek National Digital Learning Repositories for hosting, organising and distributing learning resources for schools: Photodentro LOR is the cornerstone of the infrastructure, hosting learning objects (photodentro.edu.gr/lor).
- The Photodentro Repository ecosystem also includes Photodentro EduVideo (photodentro.edu.gr/video), hosting short educational videos suitable for in-class use, and Photodentro UGC (photodentro.edu.gr/ugc – under development), hosting learning resources developed by teachers, thus representing the user-generated branch of the ecosystem.
- Design, development and operation of the Greek National Educational Content Aggregator Photodentro, a national service for harvesting and accumulating educational metadata from various repositories and collections (museums, libraries, audiovisual archives, etc.), thus serving as the central access point to learning resources for schools in Greece.
Action 4: Integration of digital learning resources into the National Digital Repository Infrastructure Photodentro
- Content population, which includes selection, uploading, metadata authoring, validation and publishing of digital learning resources to the national repositories, as well as harvesting, selection and metadata enrichment of resources hosted in external repositories.
Action 5: Use of Social Networking Tools in Education
- Survey on good practices on the use of Web 2 tools / social networking tools in education, development of learning scenarios focusing on the use of Web 2 tools in class and outside class (e.g. wikis, blogs, annotation and collaboration tools such as social sharing, rating, messages, comments), their pilot implementation in a small number of schools, and evaluation of results.
Key actions of the project that are related to teachers include:
- Creation of interactive e-textbooks for all school disciplines in primary and secondary education;
- Development of a large number of open, reusable learning objects covering a wide spectrum of areas and educational objectives of primary and secondary education;
- Design, development and operation of the Interactive Books portal;
- Design, development and operation of the Greek National Digital Learning Repositories for hosting, organising and distributing learning resources for schools, such as:
- Development and support of a network of innovative teachers all over Greece;
- Development of a collaborative platform (i-participate.sch.gr) to collect best practices on the effective use of digital learning resources;
- Promoting best practices in resource-based learning via contests, awards, quality badges for schools, workshops at a local level, etc.