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pSkills: Programming Skills Development in Secondary Education by means of Modern Educational Programming Languages

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Programme Acronym: OTHER EU PROGRAMMES
Start Date: 2009-10-01
End Date: 2011-09-30
Contract No: 502843-2009-LLP-GR-COMENIUS-CMP
Role for TUC/MUSIC: Prime Contractor
Funding for TUC/MUSIC: 79379.0 Euros
Principal Investigator for TUC/MUSIC: Stavros Christodoulakis

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Programming is a core competence for advanced computer literacy. Modern information systems and applications of all kinds are integrated with programming/scripting languages to allow advanced usage and adaptation. Programming skills are also necessary to exploit the extensibility of open source software. Finally, there is a need to ensure that talented young people are attracted to computer science/engineering departments to ensure the competitiveness of EU ICT industry. The project aims at making programming courses in secondary education viable, attractive and effective by leveraging recent advances in education programming languages. It will develop appropriate curricula, collect and adapt the most appropriate education programming language environments, develop teachers' training material and students' training material and test it in the context of appropriate training scenarios. Exploiting a modern eLearning infrastructure, it will also provide a uniform access point to the above tools and materials so that they can be efficiently used in traditional classroom activities. In particular the project will develop appropriate curricula both for teachers training and for students taking into account the current situation in the secondary educational system of EU countries and the need to harmonize them with the i2010 objectives. These will be based on appropriate pedagogical strategies based on constructivism / problem-solving / game-based learning approaches. It will also produce specific proposals for adaptation of the educational systems from the perspective of programming skills development. The project has a clear focus on exploiting state of the art pedagogical approaches and learning technologies in order to facilitate the EU objectives of creating a competitive IS focusing on the development of programming skills of the EU workforce that are necessary not only for future computer professionals but for also for all knowledge/information workers. PSkills is a Comenius Multilateral Project within the Lifelong Learning Programme.

Project Publications

(8) Block-C: A block-based programming teaching tool to facilitate introductory C programming courses

Publication Authors: Kyfonidis C., Moumoutzis N., Christodoulakis S.
Publication Info: IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON), Athens, Greece, 25-28 April 2017
Publication Type: Conference Publications


(7) Block­C: A block­based visual environment for supporting the teaching of the C programming language to novices

Publication Authors: Moumoutzis N., Christodoulakis S., Kyfonidis C.
Publication Info: 9th International Conference “New Horizons in Industry, Business and Education” (NHIBE 2015) 27-29 August 2015 Skiathos Island,Greece 2015
Publication Type: Conference Publications

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(6) The ALICE experience: A learning framework to promote gaming literacy for educators and its refinement

Publication Authors: Moumoutzis N., Christoulakis M., Pitsiladis A., Sifakis G., Maragoudakis I., Christodoulakis S.
Publication Info: 2014 International Conference on Interactive Mobile Communication Technologies and Learning (IMCL) 2014
Publication Type: Conference Publications


(5) pSkills: insegnare informatica con i moderni linguaggi di programmazione educativi

Publication Authors: Ovcin E., Cerato C., Smith D., Moumoutzis N.
Publication Info: DIDAMATICA 2011, Torino, 4-6 Maggio, 2011
Publication Type: Conference Publications


(4) The pSKILLS Experience: Using Modern Educational Programming Languages to Revitalise Computer Science Teaching

Publication Authors: Ovcin E., Cerato C., Smith D., Lameras P., Moumoutzis N.
Publication Info: Abstract accepted to the International Conference on The Future of Education, Italy, June 16-17, 2011
Publication Type: Conference Publications


(3) Programming Skills for All: Setting the ground for IT Literacy through Learner-Centered Pedagogical Approaches and Educational Programming Languages

Publication Authors: Moumoutzis N., Stylianakis G., Xanthaki C., Petrakis N., Christodoulakis S.
Publication Info: In Proceedings of the Conference for the Free and Open Source Software in Education, Chania, Crete, 16-18 April, 2010
Publication Type: Conference Publications

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(2) Transforming teaching and learning: Changing the pedagogical approach to using educational programming languages

Publication Authors: Lameras P., Smith D., Moumoutzis N., Christodoulakis S., Ovcin E., Stylianakis G.
Publication Info: Short paper presented at the ALT-C conference, Nottingham, UK, 7-9 September, 2010
Publication Type: Conference Publications


(1) Using Educational Programming Languages to enhance teaching in computer science

Publication Authors: Smith D., Lameras P., Moumoutzis N.
Publication Info: In Proceedings of the EDGE 2010 Conference on the Use of Technologies in K-12 and Post-Secondary Education, St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada, October 12-15, 2010. 2010
Publication Type: Conference Publications


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Partner Logo GRNET
The Greek Research and Technology Network
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Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture
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OÜ Miksike
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Neting Information Technologies Ltd.