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Welcome To Maria

December 29th, 2009 by Graham Attwell

We live in a multi cultural and multilingual community. Yet all too often, educational technologists tend to assume the world speaks just English. Witness the Edublog awards whcih as far as I can remember featured just one non English language blog.

We are hoping to develop Pontydysgu blogs as a forum for innovative and exciting thinking over the next year. And we hope to reflect the diversity fo the community we live in. to that end we are delighted to welcome Maria Perifanou to Pontydysgu blogs. Her blog – appropriately named Dialogos – will be in Greek language, although she will write the occasional English language entry.

2 Responses to “Welcome To Maria”

  1. Maria Perifanou says:

    Thank you very much, Graham, for this great opportunity to open a discussion on very interesting issues regarding educational technology with other people who speak the Greek language here at pontydysgu! Lets start the “dialogue” by sharing our thoughts at the home page (in english) so that we can continue our discussion with other people from other countries:)
    Health, creativity and sharing happiness and new ideas is what I wish to all of you for 2010 !

  2. Ilona says:

    Hi Maria, Hi Graham,

    I think it is a great idea and a great opportunity to reflect diversity at Pontydysgu. I am looking forward to Dialogos by Maria and will be happy to contribute with a blog in Polish language.

    It seems like 2010 is going to be exciting!



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