Posts tagged ‘Workshop’

Virtual Voices – Event in Bristol

Futurelab is running a workshop on Create-A-Scape at this event, which is organised by South West Screen

10 July 2008
Watershed, Bristol

How can we develop young people’s voices so they become the content creators and storytellers of the future? Virtual Voices brings the media industry together with young media makers and their teachers or tutors to attempt to answer this question and many others…

What will it be like?

The event will include inspiring speakers, involving workshops (including one on Create-A-Scape run by Futurelab) and hands-on activities. See for more information as the programme is finalised, or sign up to the Virtual Voices e-mailing list by e-mailing

Author: FutureLab, 7th April 2008

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Digital Inclusion at Futurelab Research Day

The Futurelab Research Day was hard work, and all the better for it. The sessions shared experiences of projects, discussion papers and research reviews, and posed difficult questions to an audience more than prepared to offer their perspectives from a wide range of different communities. The day was thought-provoking, and I went away with ideas, not only about the topics addressed, but also about what we might need to do to prepare ourselves adequately for the tasks of planning for the future of education. I was reminded of Ted Wragg’s call for ‘intelligent action’.

Author: Avril Loveless, Flux Blog, 30th March 2008

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4th Annual Innovations in e-Learning Symposium (June 3,4,5)

(seriously, Sid Meier is a keynoter and it only cost $250 for the whole conference!)The George Mason University Instructional Technology Program and the Defense Acquisition University invite you to attend the 4th Annual Innovations in e-Learning Symposium to be held on June 3, 4 & 5, 2008 in the Johnson Center on the Fairfax Campus of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
The topics for this year’s symposium are:
* Mobile Learning and Gaming
* Web 2.0 and Cyber-infrastructure
* Innovation Design and Research Partnerships
* Collaboration in a Virtual World

Author: Mark Oehlert, e-Clippings Blog, 18th March 2008

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CUE 2008 Workshop Wikis

Though I missed the EduBloggercCon-West on March 5th (to help Eva with Clark – and to get some writing done), I was thrilled to spend most of the past weekend presenting at the 2008 CUE conference in Palm Springs. Below are links to the wikis for each workshop or sesison that I lead. Each wiki includes the session agenda, hotlinks to anything I mentioned, and any slides, videos, or handouts I shared. Please feel free to leave a comment or contact me if you have any questions or feedback.

Author: Mark Wagner, Educational Technology and Life Blog, 10th March 2008

Full article available here.

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Be An Edublogger

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Be An Edublogger: Tools and Tips for Joining A Global Learning Community
This is the wiki for today’s workshop. Check it out.
Author: Mark Wagner, Educational Technology and Life Blog, 8th March 2008

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Building schools right now, very quickly, without thinking about the future too much

A few days ago there was yet another blow for the Building Schools for the Future programme with press reports claiming that only 9 new schools are open instead of the 100 that are supposed to have been completed by now. Surely it shouldn’t just be a numbers game. OK so only 9 schools have been built, but what of those 9 schools? Have they transformed learning like they were supposed to? There are other, arguably much more fundamental and important questions we should be asking — for starters, who and what schools are for? — instead of just churning out new buildings for the sake of it.

The BSF programme could and should be such a massive opportunity — to rethink education and to transform learning for so many people for who education didn’t work or isn’t working for. I really worry sometimes that we’re going to miss our chance and make many of the old mistakes again. I’m sure many people involved in the process are well intentioned, but whether these good intentions and big visions are making an impact on the buildings that are being designed, commissioned and built right now is questionable.

Workshop at Futurelab

Last week we held a small half-day workshop here at Futurelab to begin to explore the some of the issues around personalisation and the design of learning spaces. We had representatives from a variety of fields including: architecture, policy, teaching, construction/design and technology. One of the activities was to think about the key issues that might underpin a ‘design brief’- for a learning space for a) one single group or class; b) a ‘year group’ and c) a whole school. There were probably more questions than answers but there were some really interesting issues raised.

No one knows exactly what the future holds but surely we shouldn’t just wait for it to happen to us and then lament that our buildings aren’t right – surely we should at least endeavour to pre-empt what changes lie ahead – and maybe shape them even?

Perhaps some of the questions that arose out of the workshop last week might stimulate debate and creative thinking for those embarking on redesigning their learning spaces.

The design process

  • Why do students seem to be largely if not totally excluded from the process – after all they are the ultimate consumer?
  • Shouldn’t the design/re-design itself be seen as a valuable learning experience?
  • Do teachers and students really know what technologies are available now or possible in the near future?
  • How can we help/support schools to think more radically and longer term in their designs?

The spaces/buildings

  • Can we develop a ‘learning building’. In other words where the structure and infrastructure, walls, floors ceiling and outside spaces are actually artefacts from which we can learn?
  • Can we develop more ‘intelligent’ and reactive, sustainable and flexible buildings?
  • Do we need fixed internal walls? Do we need fixed spaces?
  • Does a learning space have to be just one site?


  • Should schools become places the whole community can use equally or regularly?
  • Does everyone have to be there all the time?
  • Can anyone use the facilities for learning purposes?
  • Should we think in terms of ‘a community’ rather than classes when we design learning spaces?
  • Are schools currently under-used – should they be multi-use, multi-function spaces?
  • How much space can be personalised by learners – and what exactly does that mean?


  • Shouldn’t there be more focus on the technologies, such as video and teleconferencing or tools that allow greater collaboration that allow these links rather than using fixed ‘walled’ technologies largely used as one way content delivery technologies?
  • How will locative technologies, GPS, cell technology and so forth change our view of where and what learning takes place?
  • What are the possibilities in terms of touch screen technologies and how might we consider the tactile and multi-sensory stimulation that they afford as part of the design in learning spaces?
  • Can/should learners use their own devices?
  • Should technology be like a ‘utility’?

A full write up of the workshop will be available soon from the Futurelab website.

Author: Tash Lee, Flux, 14th February 2008

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