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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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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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