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The Teaching Machine, updated

In the course of the School Science project we have discovered that an increasing number of schools are bringing iPads into the classroom, either as mobile ‘class sets’ of devices to be used as and when required, or by giving one to each student to use as and when required in lessons and for homework. … Continue reading

Autokitty: out in the wild

We’re getting towards the end of our ‘Linked Data for School Science’ project now, and we’ve been taking the tablet-compatibile version of Autokitty out and about, into the partner schools who helped us with the development and beyond. One of the teachers made this video, now on their YouTube channel, about their perceptions of the … Continue reading

And stop purring at the back

On Thursday Kate and Simon spent an enjoyable couple of hours giving AutoKitty a trial in the classroom. The class of roughly a couple of dozen pupils used PCs and iPads to complete a partially created project about electrical circuits, created by their¬†dynamic and unflappable teacher. Although the software was designed with adult users in … Continue reading

The kitten starts school in January….

As a follow-up to our session with PGCE students (reported here), we have now been to two quite different schools – one a relatively new academy, another a specialist sports college with an interest in developing able pupils in all curriculum areas – to investigate the potential uses of linked data web applications in school … Continue reading

W3C Publish Case Study on Dance/ViPER

The World Wide Web Consortium, the body responsible for web standards, has published a case study about the Ensemble dance settings — the technology underpinning ViPER. The W3C employs case studies and use cases to explain and promote the Semantic Web to non-technical audiences, such as project managers. Although the new case study is predominately … Continue reading

TEL stories event at the Royal Society

Last week Simon and Kate joined Patrick at the final TEL event at the Royal Society to talk about the work done during Ensemble and our follow-on projects. The exhibition was busy throughout the afternoon and evening and there were lots of visitors to the Ensemble stand. It was a great opportunity to make some … Continue reading

Lessons Learnt

During the ‘Developing Linked Data Approaches to OERs’ project we came across a few points that we thought it would be useful to comment on here: Design. We go for substance first over style! Some people are good at looking past very plain designs to the functionality of the tool itself, but for others, the … Continue reading

Developing Linked Data Approaches to OERs – where next?

In our last group workshop, some scenarios for use emerged which we hope to explore in the coming months. In Higher Education teaching and learning settings these can be summarised as: A means for academic and teaching staff to structure learning activities for distance learning students, or students being guided through self-study tasks. A way … Continue reading

Exhibit workshop with PGCE science students

To get our Linked Data For Secondary Science project off to a start we met with the PGCE science trainees before they went on placements. We hoped that they would have some good ideas for development, and we weren’t disappointed! We started off with Simon showing a new demonstrator, which builds on the integration of … Continue reading

Collaborative working with Exhibit

One of the use cases for our semantic web tools, something the ensemble@ljmu team has been asked for on quite a few occasions, is to somehow have students crowd-source the Exhibit data.¬† We developed FELIX as a structured tool for inputting data, but the team never developed a way of storing the resulting data, such … Continue reading

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