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Introducing "e-me", the Hellenic Digital Educational Platform for Pupils and Teachers

Introducing "e-me", the Hellenic Digital Educational Platform for Pupils and Teachers

by Elina Megalou, Anastasios Koutoumanos, Yiannis Tsilivigos and Christos Kaklamanis.
Presented at the the 7th Int. Conf. on Education and New Learning Technologies, Barcelona, Spain, 6-8 July, 2015.

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  1. Introducing “e-me”, the Hellenic Digital Educational Platform for Pupils and

    Teachers E. Megalou1, A. Koutoumanos1, Y. Tsilivigos1, C. Kaklamanis1,2 1CTI Diophantus - www.cti.gr 2University of Patras - www.upatras.gr
  2. EDULEARN 2015, July 5-7, Barcelona "Introducing e-me" 2 e-me is

    ... • the Hellenic Digital Educational Platform • provided by the Greek MoE • to the K-12 community – of more than 1,100,000 pupils – and 120,000 teachers e-me is an open, safe social platform for pupils and teachers with strong support for sharing files and apps. e-me is an open, safe social platform for pupils and teachers with strong support for sharing files and apps. Screencast (demo)
  3. “Digital School” Project * A five-year flagship project for the

    school digital educational content, started in 2010 (dschool.edu.gr), with three pillars: – the Digital Educational Platform (e-me.edu.gr) – interactive e-textbooks for all school disciplines (e-books.edu.gr); – an ecosystem of digital Learning Repositories under the name “Photodentro” (photodentro.edu.gr) along with the Greek Aggregator of Educational Content, a national service for harvesting and accumulating educational metadata from various repositories. "Digital School Platform, Interactive Books, and Learning Object Repository" National Greek Program (Contract Νο 296441/2010-2015), co-financed by the European Union (ESF) and National funds in the context of Operational Programme "Education and Lifelong Learning" of the Greek National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF), coordinated and implemented by the technical partner of the Greek Ministry of Education “Computer Technology Institute and Press - CTI DIOPHANTUS” (www.cti.gr), Strategy and Digital Educational Content Directorate.
  4. EDULEARN 2015, July 5-7, Barcelona "Introducing e-me" 4 Selected screenshots

    Screencast (demo) The presentation begins with some indicative screenshots of the e-me platform. You may also view the demo screencast of the pilot version of e-me, before proceeding to the slides with the detailed information about e-me.
  5. EDULEARN 2015, July 5-7, Barcelona "Introducing e-me" 5 e-me “home”

    - the main working environment for all members
  6. EDULEARN 2015, July 5-7, Barcelona "Introducing e-me" 6 Contacts management

    and customable Profile pages for all e-me members
  7. EDULEARN 2015, July 5-7, Barcelona "Introducing e-me" 7 Asynchronous messaging

    among contacts, with embedded notifications
  8. EDULEARN 2015, July 5-7, Barcelona "Introducing e-me" 8 e-me Hives

    – a page with the list of “hives” of a member of e-me
  9. EDULEARN 2015, July 5-7, Barcelona "Introducing e-me" 9 e-me hive’s

    “Wall” - a space where all hive’s members can post and comment
  10. EDULEARN 2015, July 5-7, Barcelona "Introducing e-me" 10 Contact Details

    Dr Elina Megalou megalou@cti.gr Project Manager Dr Elina Megalou megalou@cti.gr Project Manager Prof. Christos Kaklamanis ckakl@cti.gr Project Director Prof. Christos Kaklamanis ckakl@cti.gr Project Director Diophantus Computer Technology Institute and Press Strategy and Digital Educational Content Directorate 26-28, Metropoleos str., GR-10563, Athens, Greece Tel: +30 210 3350600
  11. EDULEARN 2015, July 5-7, Barcelona "Introducing e-me" 11 Why e-me?

    Strong need for “Personal Learning Environments”: – for the specific needs of the individual learner – learners are placed at the centre – learning doesn’t stop when the course ends – bottom-up approach: • driven by learners’ needs • based on sharing rather than controlling – collaborative knowledge creation Yet another LMS? Another VLE? Yet another LMS? Another VLE?
  12. EDULEARN 2015, July 5-7, Barcelona "Introducing e-me" 12 e-me –

    what’s in a name? • e-me: my digital self • ειμί: I am, I exist, to be • To the best of our knowledge ... e-me is: – for school education, – designed to be used on a country-wide level – as the “official” digital working environment for pupils and teachers. one of the first (if not the first) open source implementation of a Personal Learning Environment one of the first (if not the first) open source implementation of a Personal Learning Environment
  13. EDULEARN 2015, July 5-7, Barcelona "Introducing e-me" 13 both Personal

    and Social • use of Social tools and services – wikis, blogs – instant messaging, online communication – social networking, media sharing • people don’t interact only with learning content • but also with other people • in formal and informal learning experiences • they communicate, they collaborate, • they learn!
  14. EDULEARN 2015, July 5-7, Barcelona "Introducing e-me" 14 Learners as

    “prosumers” • Learners not only “consume” educational content and “authoritative” information • but also become active creators of content • engage in social involvement • expect and accept review, feedback and appraisal from peers • appreciate the increased role of community
  15. EDULEARN 2015, July 5-7, Barcelona "Introducing e-me" 15 e-me fundamental

    principles • putting pupils first – appealing them to adopt e-me in their everyday activities • competing with the market: not a sustainable model – when developing infrastructures with public funds – sensitive data and apps kept in regulated infrastructures – the platform opens up for 3rd party apps and components – allowing integration and use of familiar tools and services • smooth transition to the digital world – use of real-world metaphors – without adding new technological and artificial restrictions
  16. EDULEARN 2015, July 5-7, Barcelona "Introducing e-me" 16 e-me vision(1)

    • e-me is an integrated digital environment for pupils and teachers, safe, while at the same time open, for learning, communication, collaboration, and networking of all members of the school community; • a personal working space for every pupil and teacher along with a set of tools to facilitate everyday learning activities;
  17. EDULEARN 2015, July 5-7, Barcelona "Introducing e-me" 17 e-me vision(2)

    • a personal repository for content and applications; • a digital space for meeting and working together; and • a place for publishing and demonstrating the work of pupils, teachers and schools.
  18. EDULEARN 2015, July 5-7, Barcelona "Introducing e-me" 18 Design approach

    • Familiar look and feel of smart / mobile devices • A home “canvas” that can be – personalised – used as a “container” for interacting with content, – launching and using apps • e-me: it grows with me! – a simple user interface – allows all members of the school community to enter e-me without previous experience and/or training – and then extend it according to their increasing familiarisation and needs
  19. EDULEARN 2015, July 5-7, Barcelona "Introducing e-me" 19 Core functionality

    • Personal storage, cloud-based file sharing • Social networking • Communication and collaboration • Workgroups and collaboration spaces • Publishing tools • Trusted store of (free) e-me apps
  20. EDULEARN 2015, July 5-7, Barcelona "Introducing e-me" 20 Development approach

    • Agile, lean process • Release early, release often • Frequent interaction with the K-12 community • Tight feedback loop • Mockups used for 1st feedback loops
  21. EDULEARN 2015, July 5-7, Barcelona "Introducing e-me" 21 Requirements elicitation

    • Software requirements specifications: – open call for feedback from all interested parties – ideas, suggestions, best practices – descriptions of intended usage, – scenarios of typical operation, – integration with daily classroom activities
  22. EDULEARN 2015, July 5-7, Barcelona "Introducing e-me" 22 Development technologies

    • API-centric web-based system architecture • Open standards and protocols • Web 2.0 approaches, HTML5 • Open source software – node.js runtime environment for server-side scalable network applications, – MongoDB NO-SQL database – Redis data structure server
  23. EDULEARN 2015, July 5-7, Barcelona "Introducing e-me" 23 Main components

    • e-me api: – REST based services – for internal and external components – well documented for any interested party • authentication / authorisation server – local user profiles, and/or Single Sign On • can provide authentication services for external systems: – Microsoft O365, Skype, etc.
  24. EDULEARN 2015, July 5-7, Barcelona "Introducing e-me" 24 Structural concepts:

    hives • Accommodate smaller, self-contained social learn- places, with: – specific set of members, – applications, and – content • Various forms: – Regulated spaces for pupils of a classroom – Closed collaboration spaces – Workgroups around a certain topic – Open communities, as public spaces of common interest
  25. EDULEARN 2015, July 5-7, Barcelona "Introducing e-me" 25 Inside e-me

    hives • Membership: – Each hive has a “leader”, who creates the hive – as well as “assistants”, who assist in moderation of the hive’s content, and – and “members” who are invited or request to join in • Each hive includes: – shared files, working folders, cloud-storage – a “wall” for communication of all members – selected set of e-me apps
  26. EDULEARN 2015, July 5-7, Barcelona "Introducing e-me" 26 System architecture

  27. EDULEARN 2015, July 5-7, Barcelona "Introducing e-me" 27 Cloud-based deployment

  28. EDULEARN 2015, July 5-7, Barcelona "Introducing e-me" 28 Current status

    • e-me is developed by CTI Diophantus, Strategy and Digital Educational Content Directorate • it is currently under pilot testing • it is planned to be introduced in schools at the beginning of the next school year • Official page: http://e-me.edu.gr - http://e-me.gr • Pilot version: http://pilot.e-me.gr • Demo Video (screencast) • Official page: http://e-me.edu.gr - http://e-me.gr • Pilot version: http://pilot.e-me.gr • Demo Video (screencast)
  29. “Digital School” Project * A five-year flagship project for the

    school digital educational content, started in 2010 (dschool.edu.gr), with three pillars: – the Digital Educational Platform (e-me.edu.gr) – interactive e-textbooks for all school disciplines (e-books.edu.gr); – an ecosystem of digital Learning Repositories under the name “Photodentro” (photodentro.edu.gr) along with the Greek Aggregator of Educational Content, a national service for harvesting and accumulating educational metadata from various repositories. "Digital School Platform, Interactive Books, and Learning Object Repository" National Greek Program (Contract Νο 296441/2010-2015), co-financed by the European Union (ESF) and National funds in the context of Operational Programme "Education and Lifelong Learning" of the Greek National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF), coordinated and implemented by the technical partner of the Greek Ministry of Education “Computer Technology Institute and Press - CTI DIOPHANTUS” (www.cti.gr), Strategy and Digital Educational Content Directorate.
  30. EDULEARN 2015, July 5-7, Barcelona "Introducing e-me" 30 Acknowledgements The

    authors would like to acknowledge and thank: • the development team of e-me: Athanasiou, S., Papadopoulou, K., Papantou, S., Kouneli, M., Dimopoulos, A., Tsakonas, P., Chloros G., Georgalas, Th., and Galatoulas, M. • as well as the consultants and domain experts who contributed to its design: Manouselis, N., Karampiperis, P. Stoitsis, G., Arapoglou, A., Skiadeli, M., and Kontogiannis, K.
  31. EDULEARN 2015, July 5-7, Barcelona "Introducing e-me" 31 Contact Details

    Dr Elina Megalou megalou@cti.gr Project Manager Dr Elina Megalou megalou@cti.gr Project Manager Prof. Christos Kaklamanis ckakl@cti.gr Project Director Prof. Christos Kaklamanis ckakl@cti.gr Project Director Diophantus Computer Technology Institute and Press Strategy and Digital Educational Content Directorate 26-28, Metropoleos str., GR-10563, Athens, Greece Tel: +30 210 3350600