Parental Engagement  and the Role of EdTech

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Dr. Maka Eradze

Technology-enhanced learning researcher, consultant and programme manager, Italy

She has received her PhD with a specialization of Technology-Enhanced Learning from Tallinn University, Estonia. Her doctoral research focused on the development of contextualized multimodal learning analytics framework, designing an app that implements and validates the Framework. She has experience in research, development and innovation management of technology-enhanced learning from different perspectives and capacities in different countries (Georgia, Estonia and Italy).  Her research interests include: multimodal-learning analytics, learning design, new digital pedagogies, learning analytics, MOOCs, classroom observations, innovative educational practices. She has published numerous articles and chapters in peer-reviewed journals and books. She is an organizer, program board member and reviewer at numerous international scientific conferences and journals.

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Dr. Margus Pedaste

Full Professor of Educational Technology at the Institute of Education of the University of Tartu

Dr. Margus is leading the Centre for Educational Technology. He is also the head of Pedagogicum, which is a consortium for coordinating teacher education at the University of Tartu. On the national level he is leading the Council for Professions in Education. In 2016 he established the University’s first mostly online master curriculum in Educational Technology. In the last five years he has been involved in many national and international research and development projects: e.g. the European Commission 7th Framework and Horizon Programme projects Go-Lab, Next-Lab, Ark of Inquiry, Comenius and Erasmus+ projects ACTTEA, EduTech, ViSuAL, EL-STEM, and the Estonian Science Foundation institutional research grant “Smart technologies and digital literacy in promoting a change of learning”. Currently he is involved in five research and development projects, including DigiEfekt were is studied how learning in digital environments affects academic outcomes in a range of subjects such as science, mathematics, and language subjects, as well as studying how digital learning affects factors such as learning skills, agency, socio-emotional skills, and self-regulation skills. His main research themes are educational technology, inquiry-based learning, digital competences, learning analytics, and augmented reality. His main interest in all these themes is in the context of STEM education. However, he is also involved in studies on teachers’ professional development and agency. He is an active member of several professional associations, e.g. EARLI, AERA, IEEE. Currently he is the associate editor of EARLI journal Educational Research Review.

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Varvara Suvorova

Homeschooling parent

A happy mother of a son (19) and a daughter (15). A homeschooling parent with 3 years experience. An unwitting expert in all the 6-8th grades school subjects of Russian state school I run a small real estate company and work part-time for an online school of Russian language. Originally from Russia, currently living in Lithuania. By the first master’s degree I am a manager in the social sphere (Moscow University of Culture, 2001), before the second – Master of Arts in Education (University of Tartu, 2019). I have a sports category in rhythmic gymnastics, and I am a certificated fitness coach (remedial gymnastics, pilates, yoga).

Since my daughter’s 4th grade (which was 4 years ago) my main concerns and interests have laid in the field of school education. I watched how my daughter’s attitude towards schooling and learning in general deteriorated every year. As a thoughtful parent who has some spare time, I had to do something. That is how we started homeschooling. Thanks to the EdTech in general and Educational Technology at the University of Tartu in particular, my route as a homeschooling parent was rather smooth and entertaining. Now my daughter successfully passes the annual state school tests, studies 4 foreign languages, coding, music, and thinks about becoming a psychologist.

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Abiodun Stephen Ijeluola

Teacher

Stephen is a passionate teacher with about 10 years teaching experience. He started his teaching career in his home country Nigeria as an English teacher, having bagged his bachelor degree in English education. He currently works as an ESL teacher in Ankara Turkey. Stephen holds a Master's degree in educational technology from the University of Tartu. He is the founder of TeacherPediaNG, an online platform that is committed to training teachers on the use of technology in the classroom. He is married with two lovely boys.