Educational Online Social Networking in Greece: A Case Study of a Greek Educational Online Social Network
Over the past few years, the rate of Web 2.0 diffusion has been dramatic. Social media and emerging technologies such as wikis, blogging, online gaming, tagging and social networking have spread widely and rapidly and are gaining increased attention for use in education. Finding coherence in the midst of rapid changes is very difficult. This study attempts to contribute to an on-going dialogue about the trends and implications of online social networking in education and especially in lifelong learning. The paper provides an overview of the current status of educational online social networking in Greece and presents a case study of the Greek Educational Online Social Network (EOSN) “Logo in Education: a learning community of practice” (http://logogreekworld.ning.com/). The specific EOSN has been created in late May 2009 by an independent initiative of an educator with the purpose to facilitate communications and interactions, exchange of information, ideas and educational material and to promote co-operation and collaboration between the members of the educational community mostly interested in Logo programming language and philosophy. In this paper we describe main features of the EOSN; discuss key aspects, general implementation details, changes and developments and conclude with considerations for future work.
||Social Networking, Educational Social Network, Logo Programming
The International Journal of Learning, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp.399-420.
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Educator, Ph.D. Student, Educational and Language Technology Laboratory, Dept. of Informatics and Telecommunications, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece
K. Glezou is a MSc, MEd, Physicist, Teacher of Informatics. Currently, she is working towards her PhD degree at the Department of Informatics & Telecommunications of the University of Athens. Her research lies on the area of open interactive learning environments which support exploratory and collaborative learning in the context of Didactics of Science. The research focuses on the development of Open Interactive Learning Microworlds and utilization in the teaching-learning process through exploratory and collaborative activities. Her research interests include Adaptive Learning Environments, Web-based Education, Computer Science Education, Teacher Training & Development, Educational Social Networking. She has created the Greek Educational Online Social Network “Logo in Education: a community of practice and learning” (http://logogreekworld.ning.com/) in late June 2009.
Professor, Section of Computer Systems and Applications, Department of Informatics and Telecommunications, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece
M. Grigoriadou is a professor in Education and Language Technology at the Department of Informatics & Telecommunications of the University of Athens.
Her research interests include Adaptive Learning Environments, Web-based Education, Intelligent Tutoring Systems, Educational Software, Natural Language Processing Tools, Computer Science Education. She is leading the Education and Language Technology Group ((http://hermes.di.uoa.gr) of the Section of Computer Systems and Applications of the Department of Informatics & Telecommunications of the University of Athens. Research activities of the laboratory focus on the development of virtual learning environments.
Professor, Energy Technology Department, Technological Institute of Athens, Egaleo, Greece
Maria Samarakou is a professor at the Technological Educational Institute of Athens and Director of the Applied Informatics Laboratory. She holds a BSc in Physics (1977),and a PhD in Simulation and Optimization of Energy Systems (1986) from National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
She has undertaken, since 1985, more than 20 National and European projects in research and technology development as coordinator/project manager or main researcher. She has published more than 80 papers in refereed scientific journal and proceedings of International and National congresses on topics in the field of simulation, optimization, expert systems, artificial intelligence and educational technology. She has more than 100 citations in 35 scientific articles and she is Reviewer in various international scientific journals and congresses. Her research interests include the following scientific areas: Simulation of energy systems, Optimization of energy systems, Artificial intelligence, Intelligent Tutoring Systems, Interactive Educational Environments, Design and implementation of educational software.
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