Literature Review in Learning with Tangible Technologies
When we think of digital technologies in schools, we tend to think of computers, keyboards, sometimes laptops, and more recently whiteboards and data projectors. These tools are becoming part of the familiar educational landscape. Outside the walls of the classroom, however, there are significant changes in how we think about digital technologies - or, to be more precise, how we don’t think about them, as they disappear into our clothes, our fridges, our cars and our city streets. This disappe
An Evolutionary Approach to Prototyping Pedagogical Agents: From Simulation to Integrated System
We have developed and integrated software agents with two educational groupware systems (TeamWave Workplace and FLE), using evolutionary prototyping and empiricalbased design as development techniques. The resulting prototypes of pedagogical agents (CoPAS, SA-Agent and RuleEditor) provide learners and teachers with increasingly domain-specific support for distributed collaborative learning activities. Employing the evolutionary approach has enabled us to build and evaluate early prototypes of co
Didactical complexity of computational environments for the learning of mathematics
How a microworld is used by students is crucially influenced by the teacher, who has the responsibility of organising the classroom setting in which learning takes place. For this reason this paper focuses on the teacher as a manager of the learning situation, in relation to the students’ construction of meaning. A model of teaching which takes into account interactions between teacher, students and computer is outlined. Although the focus of this paper will be on the teacher, the teacher w
Designing for cross-cultural web-based knowledge building
This paper describes the iterative design of a web-based collaborative workspace used in educational practice, called WebReports. The systemâs unique feature is that it allows participants to discuss mathematical and scientific concepts using programmed animated and interactive models of their ideas. Rather than focusing on the specific features of the collaboration tool, we analyze it as part of a constructionist activity system. We describe the context in which the system was developed an
COW, une plate-forme de support d'exécution de scénarios pédagogiques.
Cet article présente un service de support d'exécution de scénarios pédagogiques conçu pour être intégré dans des plates-formes de formation existantes. Dans un premier temps nous prenons un point de vue ingénierie des plates-formes afin d'identifier les processus de conception et d'utilisation ainsi que les acteurs qui y sont associés. Dans un deuxième temps nous présentons les caractéristiques nécessaires que doit offrir notre service afin que les différents acteurs puissent gé
Socrates Mailbox - Rapport de Synthèse
Le projet Mailbox (1996-1998) est un projet d’observation sur deux ans qui s'est déroulé dans le cadre du sousprogramme Enseignement Ouvert et à Distance — Open and Distance Learning (EOD-ODL) du Programme SOCRATES de la Direction Générale XXII de la Commission européenne. Lancé en septembre 1996 ce projet a pour objectif d’étudier par une approche ethnographique l’utilisation des systèmes de communication électronique dans l'enseignement primaire et secondaire. Dix-sept école
Problem-solving and Web resources at tertiary level
We organised two experimental teaching designs involving web resources in two different French universities. In this paper, we describe these experiments and analyse the students' behaviours. Our aim is to observe whether the use of specific online resources favours the development of problem-solving activities.
Students' and teachers' perceptions of motivation and learning through the use in schools of multime
This article is the result of interviews with teachers, students, and school librarians in eight UK secondary schools regarding their use of multimedia encyclopaedias on CD-ROM. It focuses on a content analysis of their comments on how having access to multimedia encyclopaedias changes the way students work and learn in school, how they perceive it enhances their learning, and how it hinders it. Teachers reported that they used multimedia encyclopaedias as an additional information resource, or
Constructing structure in number sequences
This paper reports on a design experiment in the domain of number sequences conducted in the course of the WebLabs project1. In this study, we designed and tested a set of activities in which 13-14 year old students use the ToonTalk programming environment to construct models of sequences and series, and then use the WebReports web-based collaboration system to share these models and their observations about them. We utilise a design pattern (programming method) called "Streams" which enables st
Taking Programming into Kindergartens: Exploratory Research Activities Using ToonTalk
We believe that computers should be introduced in kindergarten education under the same philosophy and methods employed for other elements of modern society. Children should be familiar with computers in general, not just with specific sets of skills. We see computer programming in particular as a way to empower children, allowing them to grasp fundamental computing concepts, and not fearing to use a computer in novel ways; they should be able to approach the computer-tool as an adaptable tool,
ToonTalk in Kindergartens: Field Notes
The emergence of a fully graphical, animated programming language, such as ToonTalk, prompted the question: is computer programming a viable educational activity with kindergarten-aged children? Since May 2000, we have been conducting ToonTalk sessions with 3- to 5-year old children, trying to determine what approaches are more successful, what activities are viable, what issues may arise in the process. From November 2001 to February 2002, the sessions took place regularly in a normal kindergar
Early Career Learning - the LiNEA project. Interim report for Accountancy
This report on the learning and development of trainee accountants covers the first two years of a four-year project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council’s Teaching and Learning Research Programme. Its findings are based on evidence collected from fourteen trainee accountants in their first year of training and from some of their mentors and managers. The main themes have been selected in order to facilitate discussions about the progress of the research with our employer partner
Informal learning in the workplace
This paper focuses mainly on theoretical frameworks for understanding and investigating informal learning in the workplace, which have been developed through a series of large and small scale projects. The main conclusions are included but readers are referred to other publications for more detailed accounts of individual projects. Two types of framework are discussed. The first group seek to deconstruct the “key concepts” of informal learning, learning from experience, tacit knowledge, tran
Technical Paper 4 - The Effective Provision of Pre-School Education (EPPE) Project: Parent, Family a
Information on the characteristics of the parents, families, and children was collected by parental interview at the start of the study. This information was used to describe the sample in terms of the parents (labour market participation, socio-economic characteristics, qualifications, marital status and age), the family (composition, ethnicity and language), the child’s health, development and behaviour, the child’s activities in the home, the use of pre-school provision and childcare hist
Photographs of the College - April 2010
This is a series of photographs taken on the morning of Thursday 15th April 2010 at the end of the rebuilding programme. They show the the E-block and MV block in the process of demolition to make way for a new car park.
Basic Liquid Chromatography
A complete textbook of liquid chromatography by Yuri Kazakevich and Harold McNair on the Web. Extraordinarily comprehensive in its coverage of fundamental chromatographic theory and instrumentation for a website.
Middle School Portal: Math and Science Pathways (MSP2)
The popular Learning Adventures series at DiscoverySchool.com (last mentioned in the March 8, 2002 NSDL Physical Science Report) has a feature on the International Space Station. Its assembly is one of the most ambitious engineering projects ever, and this site explains a few of the details of the multi-year process. In the Mission Basics section, there are specific facts, discussions about various aspects of the station, and virtual tours of some of the stations modules. Astronaut profiles and
Auburn vs. Texas Tech (1953)
"Gator Bowl--Auburn Overpowered--Auburn 13-Texas Tech 35" (Description from the 1954 Glomerata)
Auburn vs. Presbyterian (1944)
"Homecoming game found very little competition in Presbyterian College. Kuykendall and "Wormy" Ballard each scored three times to lead a 59-0 victory." (Description from 1945 Glomerata)
Prince Madoc Memorial Marker, Fort Morgan, Mobile, Alabama
This image is a colorized picture of the Prince Madoc Memorial Marker, at Fort Morgan, near Mobile, Alabama. Prince Madoc was a Welsh explorer who landed on the shores of Mobile Bay in 1170 and taught the Indians there the Welsh language. Postcard text: (back) Genuine Curteich-Chicago "C.T. art-colortone" post card; (handwritten) ETV Field Trip, Fort Gaines in school series, 1958.