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Duration: 36 months (2010 - 2012)

Start: 01/02/2006

Project Website: http://unite-europe.eu/

Principal Investigator: Γιώργος Παπαδόπουλος

Main Funding Source: European Commission, FP6

Total Cost: 257,040

UNITE project partners developed a platform for use with 14- to 19-year-olds in schools across Europe, in separate language platforms. Students can store assets, homework and other documents and can also use chat or take part in a forum. Using the m-learning authoring tool, they can create quizzes and games, and can also make and use media boards. This represents an innovative new merging of e- and m-learning, and may be one of the ways in which ICT might develop in the future. UNITE was an IST project under the FP6 framework, having as its main aim to combine different state-of-the-art technologies in e-learning in order to provide innovative services in an area at the heart of Europe’s knowledge society: the education of young Europeans.

Using mobile technology, Europe’s flagship technology, to enhance the learning experience and to break down the school walls, will pave the way for a major shift of the traditional learning paradigm. In opposition to the rather rigid, culturally ‘neutral’ learning management systems crossing the Atlantic to invade Europe’s learning scene, UNITE’s technology has the flexibility to adapt to the pupil’s cultural environment and to his/her personal learning style. UNITE will demonstrate the need for and the availability of technology capable of supporting the evolution towards the e-learning world of tomorrow while taking into account the richness of the past. The UNITE project will run in 15 secondary schools in eleven countries.