Heroes of the Disk Pilot Episode is Available Now on Youtube!

Check out the pilot episode of “Heroes of the Disk”! Heroes of the Disk is a 10 episode web series featured in the Rebooting Greek mobile app. Developed by the SNF New Media Lab a part of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies at Simon Fraser University. Made possible thanks to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. This web series forms part of the lesson materials for the Early Elementary Level (Ages 6-9).

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Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre For Hellenic Studies Is Proud To Celebrate International Greek Language Day!

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies is proud to celebrate International Greek Language Day on February 9th. Thanks to a generous grant by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the Rebooting the Greek Language Project team, comprised of over 20 team members is working on innovative tools for teaching and learning Greek in the Diaspora. Learning a language isn’t easy and that’s why we have committed to providing the very best technology and latest pedagogy for learning the Greek Language.

We are currently piloting our program in select schools and plan to open it up a trial version to the public in Spring 2019. Register online at rebootinggreek.com to find out how you can participate.

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Happy Holidays! Check out the Heroes of the Disk teaser trailer!

The Rebooting Greek Language Project Team would like to wish everyone Happy Holidays and Seasons Greetings! We’ve had a very busy year putting together some great things for teaching and learning the Greek language in the Diaspora.

We are excited to release our teaser for our upcoming series “The Heroes of the Disk” available soon on Youtube and Vimeo! Check out the trailer!

“Heroes of the Disk” is a 10 episode web series featured in the Rebooting Greek mobile app. Developed by the SNF New Media Lab a part of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies at Simon Fraser University. Made possible thanks to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

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Storyboarding for Rebooting the Greek Language Project

Working as an intern on the Rebooting Greek program was a once in a lifetime experience! The Hellenic Studies Department  of SFU together with SNF made possible for us to work in the field of interest each of us has been the most passionate about. I had an amazing time storyboarding and designing parts of the Rebooting Greek app, while working towards a better understanding of my craft, under the absolute best professional conditions and collaborations.  This particular internship was an incredible journey that kept us excited about working in achieving our goals and dreams, as young artists, together with committing to a sentimental cause such as the preservation of the Greek Language in the Diaspora.

All in all, the program resulted in giving everyone involved a sense of accomplishment both for contributing in the cause it serves, as well as setting a great first start for our career paths.

Magda Candiliari’s storyboard work on “Heroes of the Disk” Episode 2 – Coming in February 2019

Magda Candiliari

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A big welcome to our latest cohort of Rebooting the Greek Language interns

This week, the SNF New Media Lab welcomed three new interns to Simon Fraser University as part of the Rebooting the Greek Language project. The project is made possible through a significant grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. It brings together revolutionary pedagogy with cutting-edge mobile technologies to the preservation of the Greek Language in the Diaspora. At the core of the project is a paid internship program split between Athens and Vancouver, which gives young computer science graduates from Greece training in technology and entrepreneurship.

Irene Vlachopanagioti, Marina Apostoli and Magda Candiliari are a part of the Rebooting Greek Internship Program visiting the Museum of Vancouver which is hosting interns.

Our three new interns have already begun making significant contributions to the project. Marina Apostoli has a degree in the Classics from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and is working towards a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from Hellenic Open University. Marina also has a background in teaching Modern Greek to middle and high school students and has been working on scripting and storyboarding. Irene Vlachopanagioti is participating in the project as a content developer. She has a degree from the School of Philosophy in the Classics, from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and since 2017 has been studying Archaeology and Art History. Her interests lie primarily in teaching Modern Greek, Ancient Greek, and Latin, as well as studying prehistoric civilizations from around the world. Finally, Magda Candiliari is a graphic designer who has been working on storyboarding for the project.

The interns spent the first week of the Canadian leg of their internship working in the Lab at SFU’s Burnaby campus and have also taken part in a workshop at the Museum of Vancouver. Next week, their work will take them to our mentorship partners at SFU’s VentureLabs, a world-class business accelerator located in downtown Vancouver. Once back in Greece, they will continue working on the project for the remainder of their internships through the Lab’s distributed work environment, gaining valuable experience and expertise along the way.

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Pedagogy in Rebooting Greek

I am very excited to participate in the “Rebooting the Greek language” project as an instructional designer and academic coordinator. In order to overcome the challenge of developing an application for learning Greek for such an idiosyncratic audience as the children in diaspora, we have implemented certain elements in the design, characteristic of the current trends in elearning. At the core of our pedagogy is a competence-based curriculum, which is organized in hierarchically related goals, following the principle of micro learning in educational technology. In order to reinforce the motivation of students when using the application, we introduced gamification elements to the interface and we created an overall story line to include all the different elements and interactions, forming a coherent entity instead of disconnected content units. Learning goals have been introduced in the curriculum as complex linguistic tasks of a specific communication purpose, which have a real world application and their accomplishment is easily detectable by the learner. Trace data captured during the students’ interactions are used to provide a clear and detailed picture of the learners’ performance, as well as feedback on how to increase their efficiency. The overall design accommodates fostering and enhancing the learners’ self-regulated learning skills.

– Dionysis Arkadianos

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Accessibility in Rebooting Greek

Accessibility means access for everyone and this principle is at the centre of the Rebooting the Greek Language project. Developers and designers working in the Stavros Niarchos Foundation New Media Lab at Simon Fraser University are committed to helping as many people as possible to navigate, understand, and interact with their apps.

The learning process – and this is especially true for a language – is a highly individualized process, that differs from person to person. And so the project team has committed to researching and anticipating user needs. The app will feature significant flexibility to customize the user interface and change the way information and lessons are experienced. People with visual and perceptual challenges – such as colour blindness or those with low visual acuity – as well as those with learning difficulties – such as autism, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – need and deserve accessibility.

The Rebooting the Greek Language project therefore supports the principles of Universal Design. Users will have the ability to engage with the app audibly; audio descriptions will give access to the lesson content, images, and text. Features such as zoom, and the ability to invert colours and increase contrast will provide users with the flexibility they need, while the appearance of shapes and labels with be designed with accessibility in mind. Subtle features, such as the typographic variables like text size, font weight will also be customizable. Lastly, users who need assistance focusing will be able to enable guided access features, which limits the use of a single application.

– Myrto Lazaridou

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Rebooting Project is Underway!

The Rebooting Project is now officially underway! I must admit it feels like I have been waiting for this project to start for years! Rebooting Greek is something I’m very passionate about because I truly believe that the Greek identity means Greek language. In many ways I’m building this for my own kids who are 6 and 3 years old – smack dab in the middle of our target learner group!  I’m so excited about being part of a project that has everything that I love about what I do – education, technology, creative, entrepreneurship and industry connection. I am so proud of the team we have assembled and the work we are doing. Please read through our blog as we announce updates and release “sneak peaks” at what is coming ahead!

– Costa Dedegikas

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