We have formed collaborations with both individual expert practitioners as well as schools, to provide opportunities for both teachers and pupils to inform, shape and improve the design of the iRead technologies. This is really important to ensure the resulting technologies will be appropriate and of value within current education contexts. These collaborations will continue throughout the design phase of the project.
- Netley Primary School, London, UK
- Stormont School, Hertfordshire, UK
- Whitchurch Primary School, South Oxfordshire, UK
Expert Practitioner Collaborations
Anna Tsakalaki is an active language teacher and researcher in Education. She holds a Ph.D. in the psychology of reading and writing from the University of Reading, with a specific focus on drawing cross-language comparisons between the literacy skills of children with dyslexia in the U.K. and in Greece. She also holds an MA degree in Applied Pedagogy from the University of Athens and an MA in Special Educational Needs from UCL. In the last five years, Anna has worked in the academia with teachers, linguists, psychologists and speech and language therapists as part of interdisciplinary research teams exploring the development of language and literacy skills in children and young adults (EAL, EFL and SEN). She has an extensive experience of teaching Greek as a first and as an additional language to learners of a wide age range and has taught in the MA in Inclusive Education and the MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at the University of Reading. She is currently working as a sessional lecturer at the University of Reading and as a Researcher-in-Residence in an independent college, where she co-ordinates educational research projects. Her dual role enables her to work with researchers and educators from different disciplines in both sectors, as well as to combine her original interest in literacy and language learning with her long-lasting concern for producing research with direct implications for educational practice.