New researchers and visiting scholars at the Centre for Research in Digital Education
Children and Technology have received a large grant to explore how sensing and interaction technologies can be used to help pre-school children think, learn and communicate about science and technology.
Move2Learn is funded by Wellcome and led in the UK by Andrew Manches in partnership with UCL and the Glasgow Science Centre.
Researchers looking at relationships between children and technology have received funding for two new projects:
Professor Lydia Plowman and a team at Moray House School of Education have been awarded funding by the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) to design, develop and evaluate an eight-week online course on digital play for parents and health workers. They will work in partnership with Playbase, NHS Lothian, and City of Edinburgh Council.
Twelve Edinburgh primary teachers recently attended the first day of a course on computational thinking at Moray House, led by Judy Robertson and Holly Linklater. As the curriculum for computing at primary schools in Scotland is changing (click here to see Education Scotland's computing curriculum), we wanted to work with teachers to help them understand what is required and gather examples of how they put the new guidelines into practice.
Are you a primary teacher in Edinburgh? Do you want to learn more about how to teach children computational thinking? Come to our free CPL course, starting in September 2016.
Andrew Manches, Judy Robertson, Lydia Plowman and other colleagues and students will be running a drop-in workshop on Children and Technology as part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival.
The Digital Education Centre formally launched on 26th November at a party in the Scottish Storytelling Centre on the High Street, Edinburgh.
We had an excellent and well-attended night, and it was great to have so many colleagues, students and friends come and share the celebration.
We celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the MSc in Digital Education at the same time, and with graduation happening the following day, were able to welcome many of our graduands too.
Andrew Manches (with Judy Robertson, Gnanathusharan Rajendran and Peter McKenna) has been awarded a research incentive grant by the Carnegie Trust to investigate the role of embodiment in the way individuals think about basic Computing concepts.
If you teach in the early years, the odds are your classroom is full of physical learning materials. From plastic letters to wooden blocks, these materials provide children with the hands-on experience that is so important for their learning. But why is hands-on experience important for learning? It seems obvious, but this is a question that researchers have spent many decades trying to understand. This question becomes even more troublesome when considering subjects such as Maths.
At the Children and Technology group we are always thinking about how to communicate our research to the public!
In case you missed the Fringe in August, the Children and Technology Group’s Dr Andrew Manches supported the BBC during their Digital Weekend by sharing some computing activities.
We want to contribute ever more to events like this in the future, so if you are interested, keep posted on our news feed for information about upcoming appearances.