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D&T Curriculum at Learning Forward Conference 2016

screen-shot-2016-12-05-at-4-16-01-pmCongrats to the Paula MacDowell & Rachel Ralph for an excellent presentation on Design & Technology Curriculum: Integration, Implementation, and Assessment.

This session was an introduction to a variety of maker education activities for K-12 classrooms and creative pedagogical approaches for integrating applied design, skills, and technology into your current teaching practices. Explore what design and technology curricula are capable of, why they matter, how they contribute to makerspaces, and innovative strategies for assessment. Become versed in a variety of makerspace concepts, including how to turn your current space into a makerspace.

Click here to download our myth slides PDF

Watch our makerspace myths:

Myth #1: You need lots of money to create a makerspace

Myth #2: You need a permanent lab in your school

Myth #3: There’s no way to assess the learning

Myth #4: Makerspaces are for the high-tech guys & hackers

NAEd/Spencer Fellowship

National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program in Education Research
The NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. These $27,500 fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world. Fellows will also attend professional development retreats and receive mentorship from NAEd members and other senior scholars in their field. This highly competitive program aims to identify the most talented emerging researchers conducting dissertation research related to education. The Dissertation Fellowship program receives many more applications than it can fund. This year, up to 600 applications are anticipated and up to 35 fellowships will be awarded. Additional guidelines and the fellowship application form are available on our website.
Deadline to apply: October 1, 2015

How We Learn in Virtual

How We Learn lab is in virtual now – this is the welcome centre


Kid’s Centre


HWL School Zone


HWL Conference Room


EdMedia Final Call for Participation

The EdMedia World Conference on Educational Media and Technology is an international conference, organized by the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). This annual conference serves as a multi-disciplinary forum for the discussion and exchange of information on the research, development, and applications on all topics related to multimedia, hypermedia and telecommunications/distance education.

This is a final call for proposal submission. The submissions deadline is April 29, 2015. The conference is on June 22 – 25, 2015 – Montréal, Québec, Canada.

Here is the link to the conference website:

Call for Papers : International Journal Of Advanced Computer Science and Applications (IJACSA)

Dear Colleague,

Hope you are doing well today.

We invite you to submit your papers for International Journal of Advanced Computer Science and Applications (IJACSA); and please feel free to circulate this information among your colleagues and students.

IJACSA publishes carefully refereed research, review and survey papers which offer a significant contribution to the computer science literature, and which are of interest to a wide audience. Coverage extends to all main-stream branches of computer science and related applications. IJACSA is an Open Access Journal and all past issues are available freely at the Archives section.

You may submit your research/review/survey results as per the following schedule:

Volume 5 No 12 December 2014
Paper Submission Due: 01 December 2014
Review Notification: 15 December 2014
Publication Date: 01 January 2015

Journal Overview:
Call For Papers: (Papers can be submitted online or by email.)

All papers published in IJACSA are assigned individual DOI’s. The DOI information for each article is available at the respective webpage of that article. Each published paper also has a dedicated webpage with all information about the paper that is linked to the respective DOI.

All published papers are indexed in various International databases and University Libraries. Some of the indexes include INSPEC, DOAJ, Google Scholar, Microsoft Academic, EBSCO Host and many more.

Looking forward to your submission(s).

Managing Editor
International Journal of Advanced Computer Science and Applications (IJACSA)
The Science and Information (SAI) Organization

BERA BJET Fellowship 2015

Applications are now invited from BERA members for the 2015 Fellowship.


The Fellowship will last for one year and the award of £5000 will be made available to an individual with the most compelling proposal for a piece of research in the field of educational technology. There are no restrictions as to age or experience: applications are welcome from all those working in the field.

The Fellow and their work is also used an opportunity to promote the work of the Journal.

It is expected that a progress report on the research will be presented at the BERA 2015 Conference and should lead to the submission of an academic paper to BJET in early 2016.

2015 Theme

The theme for submissions this year is “How can educational technology use support or increase inclusion and participation of all learners?” Some examples of research topics that might fit under this theme are listed below. Applicants may also submit applications on other topics that are clearly related to the above theme.
• What impact has use of learning technology had in the UK (or ‘your home country’) since 2012 on one of a) children or adults with disabilities, b) pre-school children from disadvantaged backgrounds, c) children or adults living in remote or rural areas?
• How can educational technology help to increase participation of more learners in schooling in developing countries? Can it help to reach children who are not in school, especially those in rural areas?
• How can mobile technology help to support or increase inclusion and participation (in UK or any country)?
• How do Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) schemes help to increase access to technology in schooling, and what challenges arise? How can we ensure that children from disadvantaged families can participate equitably in BYOD schemes?


The Fellowship is awarded to an individual with the most compelling proposal for a piece of research in the field of educational technology. There are no restrictions as to age or experience: applications are welcome from all those working in the field.

As a condition of the award the Fellow must provide BERA with a brief report at the end of the Fellowship period. It is expected that work undertaken in connection with the Fellowship suitable for publication, should be submitted to BET in the first instance.


1. The BERA BJET Fellowship may be made biennially.
2. Proposals should be for work up to a year.
3. Candidates for the award must be members of BERA at the time of nomination and remain so through the life of the Fellowship.

Nomination process

Individuals or teams can self-nominate. The application should be compelling: length is not a particular virtue! Submissions should include the following:

I. Applicant’s name, title and BERA membership number;
II. Title / theme of proposed research;
III. Brief (600 words maximum) outline of proposed research, and its relevance to the stated purposes of the Fellowship (see above);
IV. Why you want to do this work.
V. The aim, design, methods and anticipated outcomes of the research.
VI. The timescale of the work.
VII. How the Fellowship award will be spent.
VIII. Amount of grant requested (£5000 maximum) and how this will be used over the life of the Fellowship;
IX. A short CV;
X. The date when the work would commence and the date when a brief report (1-2 sides of A4) would be submitted to the BERA office, outlining the achievement of the research, accounting for expenditure, listing any publications arising from the work, and summarising where it is hoped it leads;
XI. Signature of applicant / date;
XII. Signature of institutional authority responsible for administering the grant (if applicable).

Selection process

The judging panel will consider the nominations and make a recommendation for the Award to the Academic Publications Committee. All nominees will be notified of the outcome.

The awarding of the fellowship is made by judging the content of the proposal alongside the following criteria:
* Relevance e.g. to the aims of BERA and promotion of educational research; relevance to the theme for this year’s submissions
* Clarity e.g. of research question(s); of focus of research; of proposal, etc.
* Quality e.g. is the research robust, ethical, well designed etc.
* Significance e. g. will the research make a contribution to knowledge, theory building, practice or policy etc.


Applications must be made by 5th January 2015. If necessary, interviews of the shortlisted candidates will take place (probably via Skype) in January 2015, and the successful applicant will take up their Fellowship on 1st February 2015.

Prize details

The winner will receive:
• Up to £5,000, depending upon the detail of their application.
• The opportunity to have a summary of their research published in summary in either Insights or Research Intelligence.

All nominations and enquiries should be made to


APIs: Is Code/Coding subject to copyright?

Can code/coding be itself subject to copyright? The answer to that question has broad implications for the unfolding of new technologies. With the binary code that underlies the infrastructure of modernity- for which presently, only a select few are able to understand, decode, or debug, the code that is used to regulate transactions of daily functions progressively moving, from desktops to portables, tablets and mobile devices- is there also a need to further define, that which is subject to copyright protection at the level of APIs running our mobile devices? The US Court of Appeal apparently thinks so; in a recent decision adjudicating competing claims by Oracle and Google. with Oracle alleging that the Android mobile operating system violated seven different Java patents. even though Judge William Alsup of the U.S. District Court had ruled differently, in 2012.

Critical Mass September 28, 2007

Hi folks, critical mass was a great success this year. It was amazing fun! We went over almost every bridge attached to downtown, which was very satisfying. I felt like I was in a swarm during the ride. It is quite fascinating how the swarm moves. Sometimes individuals from the swarm stop at the intersections and in various necessary places along the way. Other members of the swarm thank those individuals for stopping. This stopping is called: blocking or corking. As the swarm moves, the stopped members are swept back up by the moving mass.

Critical Mass CM


New Book: Gamer Theory

A recent book, Gamer Theory by McKenzie Wark:
Besides contents, the online version of Gamer Theory looks very appealing in terms of a new way of designing e-book. In particular, it provides a collection of visualization of the texts using “Textarc”  It’s quite fun to play with:

Uselessness and Pain

pasta and vinegar reports on the uselessness of robotic pets.

Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning reports on a virtual version of The Milgram Experiment.

Community Building or Digital Surveillance?

Digital neighbourhood watch plan

New Orleans

A community research grid could have helped the Katrina relief effort

A neighbourhood watch for the digital age, utilising the power of social networking, has been proposed. Two lecturers in the US have suggested creating a network of Community Response Grids (CRG) in conjunction with the emergency services.

Citizens could leave text, video and photos on the site of emergencies, natural disasters and terror attacks.

ASIMO falls down the stairs

From MAKE magazine this morning, a Google video of ASIMO falling down the stairs.


Internet Researcher 8.0: Let's play

This conference would be of your interest since it is going to be held in Vancouver, the deadline is too soon though.

Internet Researcher 8.0: Let’s play
October 17 – 20, 2007

The annual conference of the Association of Internet Researchers is one of the premier opportunities for scholars and researchers of all things Internet, as well as related new media technologies and practices. It is a forum to meet, present research, network and share ideas in a cooperative, multidisciplinary environment.

Let’s Play, the 8th annual Internet Research meeting, will be held this October in Vancouver, Canada.

for more information… 

Sherry Turkle finds human-machine love unsettling

Does anyone else think that this came out of nowhere?

In the face of techno-doomsday punditry, Sherry Turkle has long been a proponent of the positive. In her books, “The Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit” and “Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet,” Turkle has explored the relationship between human and machine and found much to ponder and even praise.

But now the director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self has a confession: “I have finally met technology that upsets and concerns me.”

For more information, check out the MIT news office report (which mentions AIBO) and Dr. Turkle’s article, A Nascent Robotics Culture: New Complicities for Companionship.

The Emotion Machine

From International Herald Tribune:

Life and love in the age of artificial intelligence

Marvin Minsky, a computer science professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is known for feats that range from inventing the ultrahigh-resolution confocal microscope to helping found the field of artificial intelligence, which aims to create computers that mimic the human mind.

After 20 years of publishing silence, he has just come out with a new book. Called “The Emotion Machine,” it argues that, contrary to popular conception, emotions aren’t distinct from rational thought; rather, they are simply another way of thinking, one that computers could perform. He spoke with Carey Goldberg, a reporter for the Boston Globe.