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Marcus Specht

Visting Learning & Educational Technology Team in Oulu

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On Wednesday I had a very interesting day at the LET (Learning & Educational Technology) team led by Sanna Järvelä. The team does multi-disciplinary research with a focus on research in ecologically valid settings on learning and interaction processes with multimodal data 21st century skills development and practices augmentation of human learning with multi-disciplinary research The Open Universiteit is involved in the SLAM project together with the LET team via Paul Kirschner who recently became Dr. H.C. in OULU. The project is on learning analytics and self-regulation from first studies a lot of interesting data has been collected with 360 degree video and sensor-data recordings of classroom sessions….

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AduLet project kickoff on DigiPedagogy

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Today I am participating in the ADULET kickoff meeting which is a new ERASMUS+ project on creating best practice descriptions for Technology Enhanced Learning. The project will produce a template for description of teaching practices which is related to LOM description also produced in the iCoper network. guidelines for the effective use of TEL tools are a structured, standardized collection, describing TEL tools in a way, that enables teachers to find, select and apply appropriate tools supporting specific teaching methods. case studies with a collection of existing strategies and support concepts as well as facts about TEL and concepts for strategies and…

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root your whiteboard …

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on wednesday STEP lab lunch we had a very impressive demonstration of root whiteboard robots see the kickstarter project at http://kck.st/2exVd9T. Basically these are magnetic robots which come with their own programming environment for kids and which you can program to drive on your white board, draw on it, whipe it clean ;-). They have sensors for detecting what is drawn on the board, they can detect different colours, they can detect when they bump into each other and much more. Ah ja they can of course also indicate things with light and sound. Interesting is also that you can…

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Creating mobiles games and listening to Berlioz

By | location based games, mobile games, music | No Comments

Today I learned quite some things about the approaches followed at the MIT-STEP lab on creating mobile games with visual programming tools. One very interesting platform allows the creation of mobile location-based games with an online authoring environment. The project is called tale blazer (http://taleblazer.org/). Basically the system allows to define Agents and locate them on a map, one can also create different player roles for a game. What I liked very much is that defining all the logic of an the agents as also the players roles can be done with a visual programming approach similar to Scratch. So…

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SURF workshop on Trendscouting TEL

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Yesterday SURF organised a workshop on technology and trend scouting in education. The workshop was driven by the core ideas of flexible and personalised learning. We started from several reports partly in dutch partly in english: Kennisnet Trendrapport: Technologiekompas voor het onderwijs (dutch). Michael van Wetering presented his report on technology in education for 2016-2017. As one core component of the new developments he sees the data and information about human activities. The key question in this context is what and how we can enrich, augment, and enhance learning support with these data. He presented Gardner’s Hypecycle as an instrument…

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off to MIT STEP …

By | boston, personalisation | One Comment

I am really looking forward to my visit to MIT STEP. Lots of new things to learn, reflect on my own activities, set new goals, re-define my own interests and focus. Working on PhD publications and seeing my own publications in a broader context. So in generla what we call in German “Über den Tellerrand schauen.” So what I am leaving with topic wise: my work in the last years on sensor-based and ubiquitous computing for learning support. We are running three related European projects in that research topic at the moment: METALOGUE on multimodal dialogue and coaching people in…

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