When eShadow met ALICE and
the Akritans
Overview
 What is eShadow – Main goals
 Features of eShadow
 Technical aspects
 eShadow editor
 Activities using eSha...
What is eShadow

 Digital shadow theater application
 Inspired by Greek traditional shadow theater
 Combines tradition,...
Main goals

 Adapt traditional shadow theater in modern times
 Preserve traditional art
 Collaborative learning experie...
Overview
 What is eShadow – Main goals
 Features of eShadow
 Technical aspects
 eShadow editor
 Activities using eSha...
Features of eShadow (1/3)
 Digital shadow theater plays:






Create
Record
Share
Watch
Export in video format

 C...
Features of eShadow (2/3)
 Provide alternative methods for controlling the

virtual puppets



Mouse
Motion sensing con...
Features of eShadow (3/3)
Overview
 What is eShadow – Main goals
 Features of eShadow
 Technical aspects
 eShadow editor
 Activities using eSha...
Technical aspects (1/3)

 Both desktop and web versions
 Online collaboration
 Cross-play (desktop and web versions)
 ...
Technical aspects (2/3)
 Control model:
 Created an OSC (Open Sound Control) API
 Motion controllers use this API
 Sup...
Technical aspects (3/3)
 Recording of plays:
 Real time recording of game is very demanding


Recording by using XML is...
Overview
 What is eShadow – Main goals
 Features of eShadow
 Technical aspects
 eShadow editor
 Activities using eSha...
eShadow editor (1/2)

 Compose puppets


Predefined parts

 Edit puppets

 Color puppets
eShadow editor (2/2)
 Change puppets shape

 Change facial characteristics

 Add items on puppets

 Export puppets for...
Overview
 What is eShadow – Main goals
 Features of eShadow
 Technical aspects
 Evaluation
 eShadow editor
 Activiti...
eShadow activities summary

 Use of Digital Storytelling and Games
 Train teachers to use a digital storytelling tool
 ...
Use of eShadow in ALPPs
 2 ALPPs in Greece used eShadow
 “Play with Shadows” implemented by Marios Christoulakis
 “Crea...
Use of eShadow in ALPPs
Play with Shadows
 Implemented sessions:


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

|

2 with the EcoFans group of Hellenic America...
Use of eShadow in ALPPs
Play with Shadows
 Adults benefited: 50
 Children benefited: 200
 Special groups:




6 Adult...
Use of eShadow in ALPPs
Creating a shadow play
 One implemented session (duration 3 hours)
 People benefited:




Adu...
Skills gained
 Understand how Shadow Theater plays :
 Structure
 Performed
 Create their own play
 Creation of figure...
Activities using eShadow

 Four elementary schools in Chania created plays
 Creation of scenarios, figures and plays
 P...
Activities using eShadow – Photos
 Students creativity exhibition of 2013
Activities using eShadow – Photos
 Students creativity exhibition of 2013
Activities using eShadow

 EcoFans Club of Hellenic American Union created a

play in English


Created the scenario and...
Activities using eShadow – Photos
Activities using eShadow – Photos
Activities using eShadow – Photos
Activities using eShadow – Photos
Activities using eShadow
Let Us Share The Music
In cooperation with Open Discovery Space (ODS)
project
 Music education s...
Activities using eShadow
Activities using eShadow

 Let Us Share The Music
 Visualization with eShadow
 Online live session with the participati...
Activities using eShadow – Photos
Activities using eShadow – Photos
Activities using eShadow – Photos
Activities using eShadow – Photos
Activities using eShadow – Photos
Activities using eShadow – Photos
Activities using eShadow – Photos
Future uses
 Support the safer internet contest.


The theme of the context is shadow theater scenarios

 Educational s...
Epilogue
Thank you
 More information on ALICE: www.alice-llp.eu
 “Let Us Share The Music”: dma.ea.gr/en

 Videos and mo...
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  • Διατήρηση της παραδοσιακής τέχνης με την χρήση χειριστηρίων αναγνώρισης κίνησηςΜπορέι να αποτελέσει ένα εξαιρετικό εργαλείο μάθησης και ανάπτυξης της δημιουργικότητας των παιδιών.Τα παιδιά εκτός από ότι χειρίζονται μόνα τους τις φιγούρες, τα καλούμε να φτιάξουν και τα δικά τους σενάρια.
  • 1. 2. Preserve traditional art as much as possible and make traditional shadow theater more popular3. Collaborative learning experiences for both children and adults4. 5. Provide means for in school and out of school continuation of activities.
  • Export in video which later can be edited with any video editor to create a full play with music and other effects
  • Compared to the video file size
  • The teachers are encouraged to guide their students through the creation of a story based on the children’s interests. After the creation of the story they are converting the story into a script with dialogues that has specific plot and characters. The final step is to visualize the story with eShadow and produce the video of the play
  • When eShadow met ALICE nad the Akritans

    1. 1. When eShadow met ALICE and the Akritans
    2. 2. Overview  What is eShadow – Main goals  Features of eShadow  Technical aspects  eShadow editor  Activities using eShadow
    3. 3. What is eShadow  Digital shadow theater application  Inspired by Greek traditional shadow theater  Combines tradition, education and intra-family communication
    4. 4. Main goals  Adapt traditional shadow theater in modern times  Preserve traditional art  Collaborative learning experiences  Children express and improve their creativity
    5. 5. Overview  What is eShadow – Main goals  Features of eShadow  Technical aspects  eShadow editor  Activities using eShadow
    6. 6. Features of eShadow (1/3)  Digital shadow theater plays:      Create Record Share Watch Export in video format  Collaborative creation of plays   Local and via internet Video chat for collaborative creation and watching of plays  eShadow editor  External tool for shadow theater puppets creation
    7. 7. Features of eShadow (2/3)  Provide alternative methods for controlling the virtual puppets   Mouse Motion sensing controller  Integrated physics engine  Handles every movement of the shadow theater puppets  The puppets movement is very realistic  Very easy to use  This can be verified by our evaluation
    8. 8. Features of eShadow (3/3)
    9. 9. Overview  What is eShadow – Main goals  Features of eShadow  Technical aspects  eShadow editor  Activities using eShadow
    10. 10. Technical aspects (1/3)  Both desktop and web versions  Online collaboration  Cross-play (desktop and web versions)  Users can create collaborative scenes  Online collaborators awareness through tags
    11. 11. Technical aspects (2/3)  Control model:  Created an OSC (Open Sound Control) API  Motion controllers use this API  Support other devices that implement this API  Puppet Physics:  Automatic creation of physics for puppet parts  Automatic creation of joints for puppet parts  Add new figures easily
    12. 12. Technical aspects (3/3)  Recording of plays:  Real time recording of game is very demanding  Recording by using XML is our solution: Defined an appropriate XML Schema  Small file size for the recordings  Replace figures on an existing recording  Editing of recordings 
    13. 13. Overview  What is eShadow – Main goals  Features of eShadow  Technical aspects  eShadow editor  Activities using eShadow
    14. 14. eShadow editor (1/2)  Compose puppets  Predefined parts  Edit puppets  Color puppets
    15. 15. eShadow editor (2/2)  Change puppets shape  Change facial characteristics  Add items on puppets  Export puppets for use in eShadow
    16. 16. Overview  What is eShadow – Main goals  Features of eShadow  Technical aspects  Evaluation  eShadow editor  Activities using eShadow
    17. 17. eShadow activities summary  Use of Digital Storytelling and Games  Train teachers to use a digital storytelling tool  Teachers can make related classes much more interesting and engaging for children  Providing a new way for children to express their creativity and learn  Children learn to use games in a safe way in the school environment
    18. 18. Use of eShadow in ALPPs  2 ALPPs in Greece used eShadow  “Play with Shadows” implemented by Marios Christoulakis  “Creating a shadow” play implemented by Andreas Pitsiladis
    19. 19. Use of eShadow in ALPPs Play with Shadows  Implemented sessions:     | 2 with the EcoFans group of Hellenic American Union 2 sessions with people with disabilities 2 sessions with groups of adults and children volunteers Sessions in Students creativity Exhibition in Chania
    20. 20. Use of eShadow in ALPPs Play with Shadows  Adults benefited: 50  Children benefited: 200  Special groups:   6 Adults with mental disabilities (and 6 trainers) 6 Children with physical disabilities (and 6 teachers)
    21. 21. Use of eShadow in ALPPs Creating a shadow play  One implemented session (duration 3 hours)  People benefited:    Adults benefited: 4 Children benefited: 36 Special children groups: 3 immigrant  3 with learning difficulties  1 unprivileged 
    22. 22. Skills gained  Understand how Shadow Theater plays :  Structure  Performed  Create their own play  Creation of figures, sceneries and scenario  Scenarios and plays are created cooperatively  Children and Teachers
    23. 23. Activities using eShadow  Four elementary schools in Chania created plays  Creation of scenarios, figures and plays  Participated in Students creativity exhibition of 2012 and 2013  Many elementary and middle schools from Chania participated
    24. 24. Activities using eShadow – Photos  Students creativity exhibition of 2013
    25. 25. Activities using eShadow – Photos  Students creativity exhibition of 2013
    26. 26. Activities using eShadow  EcoFans Club of Hellenic American Union created a play in English  Created the scenario and the play  Participated in the exhibition “The triumph of Shadows”    Athens 12 November 2012 – 15 December 2012 341 students from elementary and middle schools 24 teachers
    27. 27. Activities using eShadow – Photos
    28. 28. Activities using eShadow – Photos
    29. 29. Activities using eShadow – Photos
    30. 30. Activities using eShadow – Photos
    31. 31. Activities using eShadow Let Us Share The Music In cooperation with Open Discovery Space (ODS) project  Music education support in remote schools of Greece  Kastelorizo, Gaudos, Karpathos, Cyprus  Akritan songs
    32. 32. Activities using eShadow
    33. 33. Activities using eShadow  Let Us Share The Music  Visualization with eShadow  Online live session with the participation of all the schools  Used Akritan puppets  Created by the children and a professional painter who specializes in byzantine paintings and hagiography
    34. 34. Activities using eShadow – Photos
    35. 35. Activities using eShadow – Photos
    36. 36. Activities using eShadow – Photos
    37. 37. Activities using eShadow – Photos
    38. 38. Activities using eShadow – Photos
    39. 39. Activities using eShadow – Photos
    40. 40. Activities using eShadow – Photos
    41. 41. Future uses  Support the safer internet contest.  The theme of the context is shadow theater scenarios  Educational shadow theater scenarios   Platanias Middle school Scenario about learning equations  Multi-literacies in pre-primary education
    42. 42. Epilogue Thank you  More information on ALICE: www.alice-llp.eu  “Let Us Share The Music”: dma.ea.gr/en  Videos and more information about eShadow: www.youtube.com/eShadowTheater www.eshadow.gr www.music.tuc.gr Contact emails: christoulakis@ced.tuc.gr, pitsilad@ced.tuc.gr, nektar@ced.tuc.gr
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