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ERIC Number: EJ864184
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0360-1315
Interactive Videoconferencing for Collaborative Learning at a Distance in the School of 21st Century: A Case Study in Elementary Schools in Greece
Anastasiades, Panagiotes S.; Filippousis, George; Karvunis, Labros; Siakas, Spiros; Tomazinakis, Arsitokritos; Giza, Panagiota; Mastoraki, Hellen
Computers & Education, v54 n2 p321-339 Feb 2010
The aim of this paper is to present the design, implementation and evaluation of the methodology which focuses on the pedagogical utilization of Interactive Videoconferencing (IVC) in the contemporary elementary school. As part of the project "ODYSSEAS", during the school year 2007-2008, 46 students and 4 teachers from two elementary schools in Athens and Crete collaborated at a distance via IVC and, with the aid of the animation technique, designed and implemented constructive activities on the topic: "Environment-Climatic Changes". According to the findings of this paper, IVC under pedagogical conditions plays a significant role in supporting collaborative synchronous learning activities at a distance by strengthening the social relations among students and teachers of the local and the remote class at both schools. This survey brought to light that the combination of IVC and face-to-face learning activities consolidates the role of the modern school as a socialization agent. At the same time, it broadens students' opportunities for communication, collaboration and expression by strengthening their willingness to make new contacts all over the world. (Contains 12 tables and 7 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Greece