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Technology Enhanced Learning in Mathematics (T.E.L.M.A).


Title: Technology Enhanced Learning in Mathematics (T.E.L.M.A)

Funding: Kaleidoscope Network of Excellence - European Community, Sixth Framework Programme, Information Society Technologies, IST-2002- Technology-enhanced learning and access to cultural heritage, Project No 507838, 2004-2007.

Project Manager: Dr. Rosa Maria Bottino, Prof. Giorgio Olympo (year 1)

Consortium: Istituto per le Tecnologie Didattiche - ITD (Italy), National & Kapodistrian University of Athens - Educational Technology Lab (Greece),  Università degli Studi di Siena - UNISI (Italy), Laboratoire d'Informatique de Grenoble - LIG (France), Université Paris 7 Denis Diderot - DIDIREM (France), University of London, Institute of Education, London Knowledge Lab - IoE/LKL (UK).


TELMA involved six European research teams active in the field of Technology Enhanced Learning in Mathematics. Its aim was to foster integration among the participating teams by a variety of joint actions whose output could also be of value for the scientific community inside and outside Kaleidoscope and for the preparation of young researchers and PhD students in the field.

TELMA focused on the development of integrative perspectives in three themes:

  • Representational Systems

  • Learning Contexts

  • Theoretical Frameworks

TELMA work has been carried out according to two coordinated directions of investigation. On one hand, an analysis of how different Theoretical Frameworks can affect the use of technology in educational contexts for mathematics has been carried out by means of a cross-experimentations project together with a study of the nature of the representations and contexts that the research teams refers to in the design and use in real classroom settings of ICT-based learning systems for mathematics education.

On the other hand, a coordinated study of a selection of Interactive Learning Environments (ILE) for arithmetic and algebra has been carried out by means of a common methodology.


Apart from the deliverables and the contribution activities to Kaleidoscope's Virtual Doctoral School, the TELMA consortium also prepared a Special Issue in the International Journal of Computers for Mathematical Learning, Vol. 14, No. 3. (1 October 2009) - Connecting approaches to technology enhanced learning in mathematics: the TELMA experience/Guest Edited by Michèle Artigue.