Dimitris Primalis

Dimitris Primalis

Born and bred in a refugee neighbourhood in Athens, I have always had faith in the power of education to transform people’s life. Aristotle’s quote:” Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity in adversity” has always been a source of inspiration reminding me of an educator’s importance and my role: to open windows on my learners’ life to the world and to boost their communication, collaboration and critical thinking skills. This path has been facilitated by technology that I have fully incorporated in my teaching. Dimitris Primalis is an EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teacher at Doukas – a Microsoft showcase school- in Athens, Greece.

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Passive users or critical thinkers? Developing critical and creative thinking skills with technology

Passive users or critical thinkers?

Developing critical and creative thinking skills with technology



Had enough with your students using their tablets or mobile devices to play games for non-thinking users? Project based learning with the aid of technology can be used creatively to stimulate students interest and develop their critical and creative thinking skills. This post is about activities and tools that can help students use their creative and critical abilities while learning.


A brief intro
Technology has often been accused of creating passive learners, who rely heavily on visuals and are used to a superficial approach to learning, rather than developing their creative and critical thinking skills.Visit the author's original post

Passive users or critical thinkers? Developing critical and creative thinking skills with technology

Passive users or critical thinkers?

Developing critical and creative thinking skills with technology



Had enough with your students using their tablets or mobile devices to play games for non-thinking users? Project based learning with the aid of technology can be used creatively to stimulate students interest and develop their critical and creative thinking skills. This post is about activities and tools that can help students use their creative and critical abilities while learning.


A brief intro
Technology has often been accused of creating passive learners, who rely heavily on visuals and are used to a superficial approach to learning, rather than developing their creative and critical thinking skills.Visit the author's original post

Under the Sway of literature

Under the Sway of literature

Sharing creativity with 3rdgraders
"I soon found myself surrounded by a swarm of kids buzzing happily and eagerly awaiting to read their stories to their peers."
Can literature, children’s creativity and technology mix together in a fine blend? Since
technology became an integral part of our daily teaching practice, I’ve often seen parents expressing concern that their kids will put aside reading books for the sake of their tablets. Yet, these two can complement each other.Visit the author's original post

Peer Support: a key factor to achieve 1:1 success

Peer Support: a key factor to achieve 1:1 success

The biggest challenge when implementing 1:1 (one tablet p.c. to one learner) is  to ensure that integration is applied on a large scale and there are no teachers or students lagging behind. This is the worst fear of any DOS and innovator,  i.e. the widening of the digital gap between those who embrace technology (students and teachers) and those who are either digitally illiterate or are apprehensive when it comes to using technology in their every day educational routine.… Visit the author's original post

Information gap activities: what does it take to design a successful task?

Information gap activities: what does it take to design a successful task?

What makes an  information-gap task / activity a smashing hit in class? Why do some of these activities fail miserably to engage students and are dismissed as utterly boring ?


This post focuses on what makes such a task successful in terms of motivation, interaction and language output.  You can also find two jigsaw activities involving reading and speaking.

When things go wrong....


I can still remember when doing my teaching practice sessions.
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Applying personalized learning: Every learner is unique!!!

Applying personalized learning: Every learner is unique!!!

Some practical activities towards personalizing learning

Learning is a complex process that we have been trying to unravel for at least 4.000 years.
There are a lot of uncertainties and many scientific discoveries every now and then  overturn long established beliefs. One of the few certainties though, is that we learn in many different ways and no student is identical. Luckily,  for the school I work at,  Doukas, every student is regarded as a unique personality and technology is used to accommodate personalized learning to the learner's benefit.Visit the author's original post

Introducing and implementing innovation successfully

Introducing and implementing innovation successfully

A time of crisis and a time of opportunities...

Flying to Barcelona, on my way to the Microsoft Global Forum and can't help noticing my fellow passengers reading about the economic and social crisis that's spread globally like the Plague.  I bet most of them would raise their eyebrows in disbelief if they heard that a school from Greece - a country devastated by the austerity measures imposed in the past four years- is a World Tour, Mentor school, one of the 35 schools from all over the globe, chosen to share their best practices and pioneering spirit.
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Literature activities for a digital generation

Literature activities for a digital generation




Thought that literature is a relic of the past? Too early to hold a memorial service! Literature strikes back with the aid of technology.

The following 4 activities are based on the 2013 IATEFL Learning Technology SIG scholarship winning presentation with Chryssanthe Sotiriou. The 5th activity requires no technology at all but it is fun and young learners love it.

I think I can read your mind and see two huge "Why?"  on your faces....
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Motivating and involving teachers in applying Project Based Learning


Motivating and involving teachers in applying Project Based Learning

The big decision has been made and three letters are to dominate the curriculum at your school- and your professional life consequently-  in the foreseeable future: PBL

And YES,  project based learning has invaded your and your colleagues' teaching. In previous posts I have referred to the problems one may encounter when integrating it into the syllabus ( Roseli Coffee Desk: Integrating PBL into your syllabus) and how 
technology can help (Boosting PBL with the aid of technology).Visit the author's original post

Boosting PBL with the aid of technology



Boosting PBL with the aid of technology
 
Project Based Learning (em)powered by technology!



Feeling your Project Based Learning approach is stuck in stagnant waters? Making use of learning technology can give a boost to the projects assigned in class and motivate learners.

Why use technology?
No matter how much most of us dread technology and despite the horror stories we often hear, technology can:

 1.Motivate learners
Technology is part and parcel of their daily routine and the majority of them feel confident using it.
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