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Panayiotis Tsakalis

Personal Statement

Personal Statement

Since I was a student teacher (from 1991 to 1995, a period that internet connection was a scarce phenomenon in Greece, even at Universities) I was completely amazed by the power of New Technologies (as ICT were mentioned at that time) in making science generally and in teaching especially!

In the following years and during my postgraduate studies in Philosophy of Science (especially Cognitive Science and Philosophy of Psychology) and my Ph.D. studies in Educational Psychology, not only I used ICT (software and hardware) for my scientific work and research, but I also attended educational programs and seminars on ICT, I educated pupils, students and adults in ICT, I co-worked on projects aimed at the development of ICT educational applications and I did research on the benefits of ICT in teaching.

The last three years that I work mainly as a primary school teacher, I encourage my students to utilize ICT in classroom almost every day, even though technical problems, funding and resisting ideologies in Greek schools make it difficult sometimes. I have also created a personal blog, though it is not very active yet!

Currently, I have been working on a paper about the effectiveness of open and distance educational programs based on Web 2.0 technologies under the recommendations of the self-regulated learning theory addressed to disabled or disadvantaged learners.

Finally, after having discovered the amazing world of web 2.0 (I am not a Facebook fun, so it took me a little longer to realize and appreciate the presence of social software), my 16 10-years-old pupils and I work on two e-twinning projects, in electronic collaboration with at least 30 other parties from 25 different countries, and I am about to prepare a Comenius project about the use of ICT (creating comics using paper, crayons or clay, multiple photographs, a movie maker etc) in order to promote creativity and student involvement, in learning (probably) history (for example, we may create a movie about a battle, or the roman conquests, or a chapter of Homer’s Iliad using student-made comics).

Reflecting the comment of a colleague mentioned during the MirandaMod in Korinthos, Greece, I’ d like to share with you that I am not a pure ICT native but I don’t feel neither an ICT immigrant. I feel like a first generation ICT citizen, trying to form my ICT identity which others can easily tell (I might have a funny ICT accent, like my English one), but I have promised myself that I will do my best so that my children (meaning my students) will be fully incorporated in the ICT society and they will be and function as equal members of the ICT natives community!

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