International Year of Chemistry, 2011

UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization IUPAC - International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry

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Dr Symeon Retalis Ideas Activities
  • Associate Professor, University of Piraeus, Greece
    Piraeus, Greece
  • Email
    Tel +30-2104142765
  • Sector:

    Tertiary Education
  • Organizations:

    University of Piraeus, Greece
  • IYC Interests:

    Encourage interest of young people in chemistry
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Dr. Symeon Retalis is Associate professor at the Department of Digital Systems, University of Piraeus in Greece. His research interests lie on the development of web-based learning systems for science education and human computer interaction. He has coordinated and participated in various European R & D projects in the field of technology enhanced learning such as Educomics, IdSpace, WEENET, Grid4All, TELL, ELEN, etc. He is also director of the CoSy LLab (Computer Supported Learning Engineering Laboratory)[].

He collaborated with Intel for the promotion of the science educational portal in Greece. CoSyLlab organises several training events for science teachers on the use of advanced learning technologies in classroom.

Thus, within the biggest national event on elearning, the [] which attracts more than 3000 people in two days, Dr. Retalis is proposing to organise an event about the didactics of Chemistry and the use of advanced learning technologies in Chemistry teaching for making the subject more stimulating and learning effective.

This event will include presentations & show cases of chemistry teachers on how they use advanced learning technologies (e.g. interactive whiteboards, simulations, etc,) in their teachning practice. Also, various educational software (e.g. virtual labs) for chemistry will be demonstrated. The main aim is to help teachers understand the added value of new learning methods and tools for making chemistry subject more appealing to young children. Presenters will be experienced teachers, faculty staff specialised in didactics of chemisty, people from the national chemistry association in Greece and representatives from the elearning industry.

This event will be widely disseminated using various media (such as blogs, facebook, articles on newspapers, etc.).