LKL Lunch Time Seminar: Exploring Constructionism in Virtual Worlds Print
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Monday, 15 September 2014

thumb-news_04.pngLKL Lunch Time Seminar: Exploring Constructionism in Virtual Worlds
Date and Time: Friday 7th November, 12:30 - 14:00
Location: LKL's Large Seminar
SLurtle Soup: Exploring Constructionism in Virtual Worlds



Carina Girvan; School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University
Over the past decade, non-goal orientated virtual worlds have gained interest from educators and researchers interested in leveraging the perceived educational affordances of the technology to provide new opportunities for learning; however learning experiences tend to replicate traditional praxis and lack pedagogical underpinning. Virtual worlds such as Second Life, provide learners with tools for the construction and programming of complex artefacts in a simulated 3D environment and may thus facilitate opportunities for learners to engage in constructionist learning experiences. However, the construction tools available present learners with a significant barrier (or ‘high-floor') for the novice to first master. SLurtles (programmable turtles in Second Life) are designed as easy-to-use, programmable construction tools to enable learners to engage in the construction of artefacts as they explore, test and extend their understanding of programming in a virtual world. In this talk I will demonstrate SLurtles in action, describe the learning experience at the heart of my research and show some of the artefacts created by learners.

The 'simple' outline of a cube created by programming a SLurtle.
The research focuses on learners' experiences of engaging in the constructionist learning experience in a virtual world. This talk will focus on the findings of an exploratory case study with 24 postgraduate learners and discusses their perceptions of collaborating, learning to programme, the learning environment and the features of the technology. Finally I will discuss some of the barriers to constructionist learning and discuss some of the opportunities to engage young learners in distributed constructionist learning activities in virtual worlds.

CARINA GIRVAN is a lecturer in Education in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University. She recently completed her PhD at Trinity College Dublin, where she was a member of the Centre for Research in IT in Education and involved in the evaluation of the Bridge21 initiative in Irish secondary schools.

We look forward to seeing you there!



Bloomsbury Hack Day Print
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Thursday, 04 September 2014
thumb-events_03.pngThe inaugural Bloomsbury Hack Day on July 16, jointly hosted by Birkbeck, University of London, UCL and the Institute of Education, University of London, saw children from three schools participate with a programme of different lab-based activities designed and guided by three top London universities located in Bloomsbury. Alongside UCL Academy, Watford Grammar School for Boys and Townlee Grammar School (Girls) learned about programming during the hands-on activities. Read on for a video report.
16th What The Research Says Event Print
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Wednesday, 03 September 2014

thumb-events_04.pngThe 16th What The Research Says event has the title: The Potential and Impact of TEL on Teaching and Learning and runs on Friday 26th September 1.30-4pm at the London Knowledge Lab. Read more details and sign up for the event!

LKL at ALT-C 2014 Print
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Monday, 01 September 2014
alt-logo2014.pngAs in previous years, the LKL shows again a strong presence at ALT-C, the annual conference of the Association for Learning Technology. After one year as Chair of ALT, Diana Laurillard takes over as President, and LKL researchers are running a total of four sessions. Read on for details.
2nd Global Education and Technology Health Summit Print
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Monday, 01 September 2014
LogoThe LKL is pleased to be a partner of the 2nd Global Education and Technology Health Summit, talking place in Dublin on November 13-14 2014. The summit brings together Governments, NGOs, Education and the digital and IT sectors to address the global health worker shortage, through the use of digital media and ICTs. The LKL will be presenting the latest research from the ESRC/DFID-funded mobile community health worker project, contributing to advancing knowledge on effective approaches to health worker training in low resource settings.
HRH Princess Anne visits the London Knowledge Lab Print
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Tuesday, 13 May 2014

HRH Princess Anne at the London Knowledge Lab On Thursday, 8th May, the Chancellor of the University of London, The Princess Royal, HRH Princess Anne, visited the London Knowledge Lab. She was accompanied by the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Sir Adrian Smith, and the Director of the Institute of Education, University of London, Chris Husbands.

The Chancellor was introduced to the work of the Lab and was shown a selection of LKL projects. The visit marks the LKL's tenth anniversary, Prof Richard Noss, Co-Director of the LKL, ended the visit by inviting Her Royal Highness to the twentieth anniversary - when the time comes!

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