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[ Background Info ]

I graduated from the Philosophical School of University of Ioannina in Greece with a Bachelor’s degree in History. For the next ten years (1990-2000) I taught history, ancient and modern Greek language and literature in a variety of Greek public and private schools.
At 2000 having a developing interest in emerging technologies and their integration in education I went to the United States and entered the M.S. program in Educational Technology at Iona College. I received my Master’s degree in 2002 and I was honored with the “Departmental award for Excellence in Educational Technology”.
Based on my academic performance and the recommendation of the faculty of the Computer Science Department I was hired as an adjunct instructor (September 2002). After one year of teaching both graduate and undergraduate classes, I was given a full-time appointment as a Visiting instructor.

Educational Philosophy

Teaching both graduate and undergraduate students is a central part of my teaching experience. I've been fortunate enough to have a wide variety of teaching experiences as a visiting instructor at Iona College. Teaching undergraduate students gave me the ability to integrate new technological skills into the curriculum and observe their outcomes. Teaching graduate students (actually fellow teachers) how to integrate technology into their curricula has been also an amazing academic experience.
In all of my teaching experience, graduate and undergraduate alike, I've tried to keep two things in mind: first, that although coverage of material is crucial, it's more important to teach students skills than things, and secondly, that students learn skills best through an interactive teaching style that demands their participation and challenges their abilities.
My teaching philosophy has both traditional and radical roots, and rests, finally, on making myself not so much an expert in my field, but a partner in learning. I think that the greatest gift that a teacher can give to her students is to make herself obsolete, make them able to stand on their own two feet and at the end become life long learners.

Teaching

CS 140 - Computer Applications
This course provides students with a firm foundation in computers and technology and enable them to become intelligent, ethical and responsible users of technology. Students explore the various aspects of computer systems to develop a comprehensive understanding of how computers operate as well as an appreciation of their pervasive influence on society. This course lays the basis for further study in computer science.
Lab: MS Excel, MS Access, Visual Basic .NET, HTML (Basic Level)

CS 145 - Dimensions of Modern Computing
This course is an advanced treatment of computer applications, concentrating on the design and integration of software packages such as word processing, desktop publishing, database, spreadsheets, multimedia authoring tools, and other emerging technologies. Students are exposed to the concepts of network, modeling and the legal, social and ethical issues related to computing in the modern world.
Lab: MS Word , MS Excel, MS Access, Visual Basic .NET (Advanced Level)

EDT501 – Introduction to Educational Technology
This course presents an overview of the field of educational technology. Topics include computer hardware and software.  The course focuses on telecommunications, the impact of computers on the educational process, curriculum applications of computers, evaluation of software, selection of hardware, integration of computers in the learning environment, as well as ethical and equity issues.
Lab: MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Excel, MS Access (Basic Level)

EDT540 – Integrating Technology into the English Language Arts Curriculum
This course introduces students to various methods of using technology to effectively link content and pedagogy in the English language arts curriculum. Students use word processing, desktop publishing, and other appropriate software to develop pedagogical strategies for incorporating these tools into the teaching of English language arts. Students locate and evaluate resources on the Internet that enhance the teaching of English language arts.
Lab: MS Word, MS Publisher (Advanced level), Hot Potatoes

EDT542 – Integrating Technology into the Social Studies Curriculum
This course introduces students to various methods of using technology to effectively link content and pedagogy in the social studies curriculum. Students use database systems, presentation systems, and appropriate software to develop pedagogical strategies for incorporating these tools into the teaching of social studies. Students locate and evaluate resources on the Internet that enhance the teaching of social studies.
Lab: MS Access, MS PowerPoint (Advanced level), MS Producer, Windows Movie Maker

EDT544 – Integrating Technology into Math, Science and Technology Curriculum
This course introduces students to various methods of using technology to effectively link content and pedagogy in the mathematics, science, and technology curriculum areas. Students use appropriate software such as spreadsheets, statistical packages, and problem solving software to develop pedagogical strategies for incorporating these tools into the teaching of mathematics, science, and technology. Students also use the Internet to review advances in interactive laboratory techniques at Web sites throughout the world.
Lab: MS Excel (Advanced level), SPSS

CV/Resume
English (.pdf format)
Greek (.pdf format)