Photodentro is the Greek Digital Learning Object Repository (LOR) for primary and secondary education. It has been designed and is being developed by CTI Diophantus in the framework of "Digital School" in order to become the central access point to digital educational content and is open to all, students, teachers, parents, as well as anybody else interested.
Learning objects are small, self-contained, re-usable units of learning. David Wiley gave one of the most famous definitions: "Any entity, digital or non-digital, that may be used for learning, education or training".
Using media to support learning from pre-school through to University
The Greek Ministry of Education - Educational RadioTelevision, along with the University of Crete - Faculty of Education, Department of Preschool Education, organised the scientific meeting 'Using media to support learning from pre-school through to University' on 31 May 2013 in Greece. This meeting explored how the use of media supports learning and provided not only the means to enhance the learning process and make it more accessible and engaging as media can also play a significant role in fostering creativity and innovation. The event brought together several experts and experienced practitioners who shared their ideas and experiences in creating and using media resources to support learning in various contexts, the importance of media literacy and role of communities of practice at a European level in supporting the exchange of experience and know-how.
Sofia Papadimitriou presented Educational RadioTelevision (Greece), a multimedia platform connected to social networks which offers students and teachers the environment and the tools to design and create their own multimedia projects. She also presented the methodology for the pedagogical use of video in class and the benefits of publishing and disseminating videos in social networks.
Michail Kalogiannakis, lecturer at the Department of Preschool Education at the University of Crete in Greece explored the use of digital media in early childhood education.
Sally Reynolds from ATiT (Belgium) presented the MEDEA Awards and showed samples of award-winning entries as well as presented the new Media & Learning Association and the many communications and collaboration channels associated with the Media & Learning network.
Mathy Vanbuel from ATiT (Belgium) presented REC:all and the potential of lecture capture in universities and higher education institutions.
Video in Social and Professional Learning Networks
The presentation regards the ways and the benefits of publishing and disseminating videos in social networks and the development of Professional Learning Networks (PLN) as a direct consequence.
Video is a "social object" inspiring and motivating students, cultivating dialogue, rating, polls and sharing in learning communities. Enabling school communities to present and disseminate their projects could make them available to each citizen. Therefore, video activates the students’ participation and communication, enhancing their creativity and collaboration.
Furthermore, video is a "learning object" supporting interactions, providing opportunities to gain an insight into ideas, content and events, engaging in conversations with people all over the globe who share similar interests, passions, problems and experiences.
LRE - Learning Resource Exchange
The Learning Resource Exchange (LRE) for schools is developed and coordinated by European Schoolnet (EUN, http://www.eun.org) and enables schools to find educational content from many different countries and providers. Anyone is able to browse content in the LRE federation of repositories and teachers that register can also use LRE social tagging tools, rate LRE content, save their Favourite resources and share links to these resources with their friends.
Other info about the project at http://fire.eun.org.
Reusable Learning Objects for Healthcare
A growing repository of interactive multimedia learning objects for students and teachers in Healthcare education, and for Healthcare practioners. The learning objects have been developed by the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Physiotherapy at the University of Nottingham, and are extensively used within and without the UK Higher Education sector. The objects are released under a Creative Commons licence enabling free reuse for non-profit-making educational purposes.
Reusable Learning Objects (RLOs)
Recently released RLOs