Practices and technologies for collaborative informal learning in Remote Schools

Abstract. Project CULT aims to create a cooperation platform (hardware/software/practices) for the benefit of schools that reside in remote (rural, islands) areas. For this purpose, we are employing both established and novel interaction and communication technologies. Moreover, we are working closely with schools and teachers, in order to leverage their ability to adopt and adapt technologies in ways that are suitable for their skills and needs. In particular, we have shaped our understanding about remote schools by means of an extended cultural probes study, which was administered during the first part of the research. Then, we have established a series of local workshops that involved teachers in the adoption and adaptation of novel technologies in ways that are suitable for them. Moreover, we have developed and evaluated novel user interfaces for interactive whiteboards that facilitate collaborative learning, as well as a video assisted distance learning system.

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