On Saturday, May 25th 2019, the second INTELed multiplier event took place at the Cyprus University of Technology, in Limassol, Cyprus, aiming to disseminate the theoretical and pedagogical framework of INTELed, the philosophy and the goals as well as the main outcomes of the INTELed European project (https://www.inteled.org/).
The event was entitled “Promoting inclusive education via embodied learning technologies: The INTELed Teacher Professional Development programme” and was was co-organized by the Cyprus Interaction Lab of the Cyprus University of Technology (CIL, https://www.cyprusinteractionlab.com), the Research center on Interactive media, Smart systems and Emerging technologies (CYENS, https://www.cyens.org.cy/en-gb/) and the Cyprus Association of Teachers for the use of Information and Communications Technologies (https://www.kesea-tpe.org/).
The event was attended by pre-service and in-service teachers, special education therapists, academics, policy-makers, parents, and representatives of teacher associations, who were interested in finding out more about the project and its main outcomes.
A series of presentations took place, giving the overall impression of the INTELed European project and major outcomes.
- Professor Panayiotis Zaphiris (director of SCRC), Mrs Anastasia Economou (Head of the Educational Technology Department at the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute) and Mr Giorgos Taliadoros (President of the Cyprus Association of Teachers for the use of Information and Communications Technologies), opened the event with their greetings.
- Assistant Professor Andri Ioannou (Project coordinator, Cyprus University of Technology) presented an overview of the project and its general goals.
- Professor Symeon Retalis (Project partner, University of Piraeus Research Center) presented an overview of digital games for multisensory and embodied learning, focusing on the paradigm of the KINEMS learning platform.
- Dr Yiannis Georgiou (Project manager, Cyprus University of Technology) presented the implementation and evaluation of the INTELed Teacher Professional Development Programme in Cyprus.
The event concluded with an open discussion, during which the attendees had the opportunity to interact with the speakers via posing their questions.
The event was a very successful one. The participants had the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the INTELed teacher professional development programme as well as of the role of embodied learning technologies in promoting academic outcomes and equal opportunities for ALL students, under the umbrella of inclusive education.
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