LWF11 – Day 2

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Continuing on from the Sunday Service I was ready for some more exciting and innovative thinking at Learning Without Frontiers – Day 2. The day kicked off with a Welcome & Introduction by Graham Brown-Martin, where he introduced a variety of speakers. There was an interesting talk from Iris Lapinski, who runs Apps for Good, a programme where young people learn to create apps. The talk was mainly focusing around themes of problem solving and making people’s lives easier. Iris called upon a student to come and talk about an Oyster Card App where users can check the amount of money left on their card. The app also gave people the option of depositing more money if they were low. The app was made because they identified a problem many people were experiencing, to back this up many people in the room agreed that they too had come across this problem and had caused them to me late for work/meetings/appointments.

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LWF11 – Continuing with Sunday Service

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After Jason Bradbury’s Dot Robot Show, there was a mix of sessions including EduPunk, Pecha Kucha, Industry Talks and ‘Teachers with Tech’ sessions where International teachers displayed their best practice in Game Based Learning and Handheld Learning. This gave me the opportunity to see various speakers displaying some good practice mostly in the classroom.

Firstly I saw a very interesting talk from Mark Sutton from Soar Valley College in Leicester. Mark was taking a personalised learning approach with PSPs in the classroom. Using the camera attachment and Second Sight (a program used with the camera), pupils would explore a physical area with their PSPs to simply find files for the topic they were learning. Student feedback was positive as they commented on the fact it was better than a laptop due to the speed of discovery. Mark then went on to using the PSP with Augmented Reality, where the pupils were learning about the Solar System. Again by using the Second Sight software, pupils would move around an environment and discover semi-codes (symbols much like QR codes). By placing the camera over a symbol, a planet would then appear where they could discover facts and see the planets spinning over the top of the camera image. One very interesting point was discovered when finding an autistic pupil who rarely interacted with other pupils really opened up and got involved in discussion when introducing the technology.

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Learning Without Frontiers (LWF11)

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My next few posts will be documentation from my time in London when I visited the Learning Without Frontiers Festival & Conference earlier this month.

The conference began with sunday service and it was a great start to the event with Jason Bradbury presenting his Dot Robot Show. Delivering 90 minutes on how technology has allowed him to create a series of characters for his book series. Although all the characters of his book are his creation, they are all based on science and current technologies that is either available now or are being experimented with for future uses. Jason was talking about robots with A.I. and programmed to achieve certain tasks and incorporating subjects such as augmented reality in his characters. Some of the concepts were demonstrated through current toys/gadgets such as a Dancing Robot and the AR Drone.

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New Plymouth e-Learning Conference website and flyer

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It’s that time of year again and the time has come for me to deliver a new design for the Plymouth e-Learning Conference website and flyer. The site has always remained consistent in terms of structure but each year I try to freshen up the style by adapting the graphics to match the theme. This years theme is Digital Futures: Learning in a Connected World, so the thing that intermediately jumped out at me was the map idea and making connections. I tried to keep it really simple this year and not use any bizarre metaphors that people wouldn’t understand, not this time, a really simple design with pleasant colours (lovely shades of blue) that will hopefully draw you in to the content.

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Plymouth e-Learning Conference 2010

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The Plymouth e-Learning Conference for 2010 came to a close on Friday and it was a very well organised and informative 2 day conference. There was a nice blend of technical and theory based papers and it shows there is some good work going on out there. As usual I liked the technical papers and got the chance to sit in on a session discussing issues such as user-generated content and battling copyright issues and IPR, this is a topic I am becoming more and more interested in. It is a serious issue in education and its interesting to hear people’s ideas and possible solutions.

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PeLC10 Website

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The website for the 2010 Plymouth e-Learning Conference has now gone live. The conference title for 2010 is ‘Learning without limits: Facing the Challenges’.

I was gain tasked with coming up with the site design and theme for the conference. I draw upon last years success of the website and flyer designs and evolved the format and structure of both. The 2009 website had a whole new design, the structure of the site has a good layout so this year is was all about redesigning with new art work (which I’ll discuss in a later post) and add new content.

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PeLC09 Flyer

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Going back in time a little now, but I never did blog about the flyer produced for the Plymouth eLearning Conference back in April. Basically this was the first time I became involved with the organisation of the conference and to top it off I was given complete reign on the design direction for the marketing materials, this included both the flyer and the website (for those who haven’t seen the website, refer to an earlier post). Although I wanted to keep the design for both the website and the flyer consistent, I did want to make the flyer much more colourful, vibrant and eye catching.

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