Event: Digital technology and the surveillance of schools Print
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Thursday, 17 September 2015

Title of talk:   Big Bother ... digital technology and the surveillance of schools

Speaker name:  Neil Selwyn

Institution:  Monash University, Melbourne

29th October 2015 at the London Knowledge Lab 12:30-13:30 followed by refreshments

London Knowledge Lab
23-29 Emerald Street London WC1N 3QS

Abstract:  As in many areas of society, technology-based surveillance processes and practices are now a common feature of schools. Through technologies such as online monitoring, smart cards, CCTV, tagging and biometric tracking, the monitoring, measurement and control of school populations has increased steadily. Drawing upon in-depth ethnographic studies of three Australian secondary schools, this presentation explores the range of surveillance practices and processes at work within schools. Our findings highlight the range of (often low-level) modes of surveillance in schools - many of which suggestion a gradual shift from ‘panoptic' to ‘post-panoptic' conditions of surveillance.

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Event: Reflections on Divergent and Antagonistic Paradigms in Educational Research Print
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Thursday, 17 September 2015
Do We Have to Choose?: Reflections on Divergent and Antagonistic Paradigms in Educational Research

7th October 2015 at the London Knowledge Lab 12:30-13:30pm followed by  refreshments

London Knowledge Lab
23-29 Emerald Street

London WC1N 3QS

Speaker name:

Andrea A diSessa

Institution: University of California at Berkeley, USA

Abstract: For about three years, I have been engaged in a focused dialectical agenda of trying to engage two different paradigms of research in education that are usually considered distinct, and which are often, in fact, antagonistic. One is situative; the other is cognitive. Via a long and winding road, we have produced a synthetic volume, containing work by teams consisting of members of each paradigm, and reflections on the dialectical task. This will be an informal report of the experience, with potential implications for rapprochement of other antagonistic viewpoints in educational research. I will also briefly describe some of the joint research that was developed in this project.

The book that resulted from this project is: diSessa, A. A., Levin, M., & Brown, N. (in press). Knowledge and Interaction: A synthetic agenda for the learning sciences. New York, New York: Routledge.

"Decades of research in the cognitive and learning sciences have led to a growing recognition of the incredibly multi-faceted nature of human knowing and learning. Up to now, this multifaceted nature has been visible mostly in distinct and often competing communities of researchers. From a purely scientific perspective, ‘siloed' science-where different traditions refuse to speak with one another, or merely ignore one another-is unacceptable. This ambitious volume attempts to kick-start a serious, new line of work that merges, or properly articulates, different traditions with their divergent historical, theoretical, and
methodological commitments that, nonetheless, both focus on the highly detailed analysis of processes of knowing and learning as they unfold in interactional contexts in real time."

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Event: Intelligence Unleashed Print
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Thursday, 17 September 2015
Join Pearson and the London Knowledge Lab for...

Intelligence Unleashed:
How smarter digital tools can improve learning

Join experts from the Artificial Intelligence field for an evening of "mythbusting" about what AI is, what it isn't, and how it can be best leveraged to support teachers in their work to improve outcomes for their learners

Register now:

Drinks @ 6pm, Programme @ 6:30pm
22nd September 2015

80 Strand,
London, WC2R 0RL

Event: What the Research Says Print
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Monday, 07 September 2015


"Education needs to address the 21st-century skills
fully in order to prepare students for the evolving job market" - Technology
can help


Friday, September 25, 2015 from 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM


London Knowledge Lab - 29 Emerald Street London,
England WC1N 3QS GB

The next ‘What the research Says' event will take place on 25 September as usual in the afternoon at the LKL. We will debate the World Economic Forum Report: New Vision for Education: Unlocking the Potential of Technology. I think there is much of interest to our community here, but it needs a bit of unpacking so we will start with some brief presentations about different aspects of the report and will then move into a facilitated discussion and debate. Please join us and make sure your voice is heard.

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Timings for the day

13:30 - 14:15 Presentations

Speakers will include:

A representative from the report authors (online)

Prof Richard Noss on 21st Century Skills

Dr Manolis Mavrikis on Technology to close the gap: Adaptive Systems

Dr  Javiera Atenas on Technology to close the gap: Open Educational resources

Prof Rose Luckin on the Closed Loop Model proposed in the report

14:15 - 14:35 Networking and informal discussion about the strength and weaknesses of
the report

14:35 - 15:35 Facilitated Debate about the potential value of the report

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Monday, 07 September 2015

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Event: When does research evidence count? Print
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Wednesday, 13 May 2015


The 20th What the research says event

Friday 5th June - 13:30 - 16:00
London Knowledge Lab

Excellence in education and in educational technology is critical for the UK to compete globally, and for the success of individual education providers. However there is "Little continuing improvement in the quality of instruction - because there is no consistent basis for building the evidence of what works and what does not."[1] What can we do about this and how can and when should research evidence impact on educational technology design and use?

[1] Morris & Hiebert (2011). Creating Shared Instructional Products : An Alternative Approach to Improving Teaching. Educational Researcher, 40(1), 5-14.


To book your place use the Eventbrite link or go through the London Knowledge Lab Innovations website:


London Knowledge Lab Innovations 


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