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I have been a history teacher since 1977. In 1979 I was a founder member of the Tressell Publishing Cooperative and in 1984 established Spartacus Educational. Since 1997 I have run the Spartacus Educational website. I have also produced electronic and online resources for a wide range of different organisations including the Guardian (Learn), the Daily Telegraph (Electronic Telegraph), British Library, Historical Association and Becta. I was also a founder member of the Association of Teacher Websites and an early member of the European Virtual School.

http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/

http://www.byteachers.org.uk

http://vs.eun.org/eun.org2/eun/en/index_vs.cfm

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I am a teacher of classics and Modern Greek Literature in the Musical School of Larissa. I am also a secondary teacher's trainer in the use of ICT in the curriculum.

I studied "Modern and classical Greek literature" in the Aristotle University of Thessalonica and I am working in Greek Upper Secondary Education for the last 15 years. I participated in many E.E. programs: (1995) “Interchange of teachers” (2002-2003) pedagogical mentor for Greece of the "Spring day in Europe" project (2004-2006) Comenius etc.

During the last two years I collaborate with the Greek Computer Technology Institute (CTI) in the e-Omogeneia project (http://isocrates.gr/defaultISOKRATES.asp). I was mentor and trainer in three Greek schools in G. Britain, Germany and Ukraine. I was doing synchronous distance lectures weekly for the educational stuff through the Internet (Over IP).

For the current school year I take my master in the University of Thessalia. “Modern learning environments and teaching material production”.

I am married and a father of two daughters.

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My name is Juan Carlos Ocaña and I am History and Geography Head of Department in a Secondary School in Alcorcón-Madrid. I am Ph.D. in Modern History at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Last years my work has been focused on:

Using the internet for teaching Modern History. As a consequence I have set up my own web site Historiasiglo20 - El sitio web de la historia del siglo XX

Developong international collaborative projects, mainly in the framework of the European Union (Comenius Projects, Counsil of Europe Seminars, Virtual School, Spring Day in Europe). In 2005 I have participated in a Fulbright American Studies Institute in Amherst, Massachusetts and in Studies Tour in Japan, organised by the Japanese Foundation.

Developing didactical strategies for teaching history in a bilingual context (teaching history in English in a Spanish-speaking context)

Further information on http://www.historiasiglo20.org/CV-en.pdf

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I teach English, Language History and Language Typology at the Biysk Pedagogical University. Fulbright Scholar in the cours "Summer Courses on American Studies" (USA, 2004), participated in European Seminar "Migration Flows in the 21st century" (Germany, 2005). I have a PhD in Linguistics. At present I'm the Head of the English Chair and a Consultant of teachers of foreign languages at the Humanitarian Gymnasium. I consider it extremely important not only to teach the language itself but with its help to bring up coscious, able to analyse generation of young teachers.

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Italian, I got a degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Venice. I have been teaching English since 1984 and English for Technology - Aeronautical Engineering and Electrical Engineering since 1987. I have been a coordinator of an ENIS school since 2002, coordinator of European projects (Socrates and Leonardo) and projects based on ICT for education, including projects for Spring Day, European Schoolnet eWatch and eSchola competitions. I am a member of the Italian ENIS web site editorial staff.

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My name is David Richardson and I teach English at a university in southern Sweden (Kalmar). I've been involved with distance education since the early 1980s and with IT-based distance education since the early 1990s.

Besides Sweden, I've worked in the UK (as a secondary teacher of English and French), in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Angola. I was also Team Leader and pedagogical advisor on a World Bank project about education for entrepreneurship in Trinidad and Tobago for a couple of years in the early 1990s.

Apart from that, I have two lovely daughters and we have a little cottage just outside Kalmar, where I pretend I know something about carpentry and cutting trees down - I don't fool anyone, though! I'm really looking forward to spending the summer doing practical things, though, instead of the very technology-driven stuff that I seem to spend most of my time doing.

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I am János Blasszauer (39), a father of two, living in the provincial town of Nagykanizsa. I have been teaching English for fifteen years now. Currently, I am working at Batthyány Gimnázium (academic grammar school). Since October 2001 I have been the pedagogical advisor for the Zala county Pedagogical Institute. Among many other tasks as e.g. the organisation of the county English language contest in different categories I give hands-on presentations for secondary school teachers and give advice to heads of schools with regard to ICT. I have been on the advisory board of Spring Day in Europe project for three years now.

I have graduated from Berzsenyi Teacher Training College. This alma mater was the place where I got acquainted with CALL. I have received my MEd degree in English at Pécs University.

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I am German and I have been a teacher for the last 26 years. Germany still has a three tiered school system and I am a teacher at a Grammar school in Braunschweig, which is in Lower Saxony.

The name of my school is Neue Oberschule; the "neu=new" meaning that when the school was founded at the end of the 19th century it offered a new curriculum focussing on modern languages (at that time Spanish) rather than on Latin. I think we still are a school which is open for new ideas and projects.

A couple of years ago we already participated in a Comenius project; French, Swedish and a British school were involved. The main focus was the introduction of the Euro and how young people perceive their European neighbours. Together with some students I researched the consumer habits of the young people in our years 9, 10 and 11.

At the moment my school is once again part of a Comenius project, this time focussing on Mathematics and the abilities of students from different countries at the end of middle school. This project is in its second year.

Normally we have four classes in every year and two of those classes are bilingual classes, which means that the subjects History, Geography, P.E. (from year 7 on) and Politics/Citzenship (from year 9; in two years time from year 8 on) are taught in English.

My subjects are English, History, and Politics/Citizenship.

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My name is Andy Davies. Until the recent closure I coordinated the European Virtual School, Design and Technology Department. I host three websites, 'Design Technology Department', 'Midhurst Grammar School' and the 'Design and Technology' site of the 'ATW'.

I have recently been appointed as Assistant Headteacher at Varndean School in East Sussex moving on from Midhurst School in West Sussex where I worked as the E-Learning Coordinator, Gifted and Talented Coordinator and subject mentor. I teach Design/Technology and ICT.

I previously worked as an educational consultant for Learn Premium where I was employed to create all of their Design and Technology online resources. I have produced learning resources for a range of different organisations including DfES, Electronic Telegraph, ‘Teachernet’, WJEC, BECTA and over the last few years Birchfield Interactive.

I was a Head of a Design and Technology Department in a West Sussex School for four years and have also served as a Head of Year.

From 1994-1996 I was the Principal Examiner for N.D.T.E.F (National Design Technology Educational Foundation).

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My name is Petra Quirenzova and I teach English and Civics at the Secondary Grammar School Podjestedske gymnasium Liberec, Czech Republic. I organize various activities for my students (age 11-19) – e.g. European Day of Languages, Human Rights debates etc. I am a vice-president of the City Council Commission for Minorities in Liberec District. Since 2004, September I have become a Spring Day teacher and I organized activities connected with Spring Day in the Czech Republic. (I met Juan Carlos there).

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MA in Natural Sciences (Physics) from Queens' College, Cambridge then straight into teaching with approximately 5 year stints at:-

St. John's Leatherhead (all boys)

Sevenoaks (mixed)

Godolphin & Latymer (all girls)

St. George's British International School, Rome (mixed) - Deputy Head (Admin)

and finally here at IST as Head of Secondary from January, 2005.

During this time I have taught Physics, Science, Photography, Drama, Electronics.

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My name is Milena Todorova. I am from Stara Zagora a city in Central Bulgaria. I have an MA in History. My present work consists of teaching History through the medium of English to high-school students in a foreign language school, which is considered to be a reputable educational institution. I teach mediaeval and global modern history in English that affords a perfect opportunity for studying in particular the history and culture of English-speaking countries, introducing wide range of primary sources in their original language.

On the other hand, I take part in variety of projects aiming at improvement of the quality of secondary education and language learning. I participate in a course designed for teacher-trainers developing materials for content and language integrated learning (CLIL), which is an initiative of the British council in Bulgaria and the Ministry of education.

I consider that a substantial part of my work as an educator is dedicated to implementation of project activities especially related to teaching of European citizenship. Consequently, I started working on SOCRATES/COMENIUS projects in 1999. Since then I have worked on three projects of this kind:

1999/2000 'Promoting And Disclosing Research Into The Secondary School' (partners from Spain, Finland, Italy);

2004/2001’ForumEduca: The European Citizens Of The New Millennium’ (partners from Spain, Italy, Lithuania, Romania);

2006/2003'ECCE: European Citizens Challenging Education' (partners from UK, Sweden, Italy).

Meanwhile, I took part in different training programmes and specialisations e.g. June/August 2004 – Fulbright Summer Institute of American History; Amherst College; Massachusetts; USA; May 2004 Vienna/Austria - Survival Kit for European Project Management P. Institut der Stadt, Wien; June/July2003; Tokyo/Japan Exchange program for educators organized by The Japan Foundation (non-profit organization for educational exchange etc.

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Dora Nousia, 38, Associate Director of CTI’s eLearning Sector, computer engineer. Manager of large projects on the utilization of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for hundreds of schools in Greece and abroad. She has led large teams of teacher trainers and software developers, as well as technical supporters and administration personnel, and has worked with public administration institutions, the Ministry of education, pedagogical institutions, Universities, software development teams and companies.

She was the consultant for studies for the application of e-learning to the entire Greek educational system, e.g. she has conducted the Technical Support Study for ten thousand schools of the Greek Ministry of Education, she has designed and managed the pilot project e-Omogeneia (2002-2005) involving computer supported collaborative distance learning and communication for Greek schools all over the world.

She has a strong scientific background in natural language engineering and years of experience in managing R&D projects. She had designed and implemented software for automated language tools, and information retrieval systems.

Senior manager at the Educational Technology Sector of the Research Academic Computer Technology Institute (RA CTI) (1998-todate).

Manager of Research Unit "Software Engineering and Applications" of RA CTI (1994-1998).

Educated in the University of Patras, Computer Engineering Dept.(1984-1989).

Born in Ipiros, Greece. Has 2 children.

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I have a doctorate in Law, granted by the Public University of Navarre (Pamplona, Spain) where I worked as a research assistant specialising in International and European Law from 1992 until I moved to Luxembourg.

There I joined the European NAvigator (ENA) project in 1998 and participated in the establishment of the Centre Virtuel de la Connaissance sur l’Europe (Virtual Resource Centre for Knowledge about Europe, or CVCE) in 2002. As Head of the Research and Content Development Department and Head of the Legal Affairs Department, I am currently a member of the Coordination Committee.

The primary task of the CVCE is to research, create and select relevant multimedia material on topics of general interest and, more specifically, on European integration in its widest sense. The educational knowledge base European NAvigator (ENA) provides students, teachers, researchers and anyone else interested in European issues with information on the history of European integration from 1945 to the present day.

My work consists in, on the one hand, coordinating the content development of ENA, and on the other hand, dealing with the legal issues concerning ENA and, more broadly, the activities of the CVCE. My tasks also involve managing various teams, namely, Documentary Research, Research Cooperation, Translation, Documentation and Legal Affairs.

A pedagogical approach has been important in the development of ENA. Teachers have been involved in content development, in interface and feature evaluation, and in assessing the various methods of using ENA in the classroom. The CVCE’s activities in secondary schools over the last academic year have been particularly fruitful; our Luxembourg civics project, for which my fellow-coordinator Isabelle Voegeli is responsible, is one example of these.

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Here are a few words about the place I work: Högskolan i Kalmar in Sweden.

Kalmar is one of the 35 state-run universities and 'högskolor' in Sweden (we don't really have any private ones). A 'högskola' is a university-level institution which can award first degrees in all subjects, but Ph.Ds only in a limited number of them (Natural Sciences in our case) - a bit like an old UK polytechnic.

There are 8 departments here, and I work in the one called 'Humanities and Social Sciences'. We don't have a Teacher Training Department as such. The general teaching theory is handled by the Health Sciences and Psychology Department, whilst subject-specific courses are under the aegis of the department concerned. Citizenship (which I'm choosing to identify with the Swedish subject 'samhällskunskap' - literally 'knowledge of society') falls under our remit.

The system of teacher training was radically reformed in Sweden a couple of years ago. Nowadays about one quarter of all the credits are awarded for 'school-based training' - i.e. formally by the teaching practice mentors out in the schools. This has meant that we have had to liaise a lot more closely with individual teachers in the schools in our region, and we've now built up a close-knit network of contacts in local schools in the area of south-east Sweden.

Thus the associates from my department you might end up working closely with have extensive experience of working in and together with schools, and it'd be relatively easy to include voices from classroom teachers here too.

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