Echoes in radio broadcast

TEL’s Echoes project was recently featured in a broadcast from Topcliffe School in Birmingham by Lars Bevanger of German radio station DW. Listen to the . . . → Read More: Echoes in radio broadcast

Technology use in the classroom helps autistic children communicate

A new video and press release from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) on 29th November highlights the work of the Echoes project, breaking new ground by using technology to help pupils with autism communicate more effectively.

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TEL at the Royal Society

Over 200 educators, students, policymakers, IT industry representatives, academics and general public members attended TEL’s final dissemination event on 6th Nov at Royal Society, London. The event featured:

demos of the eight TEL projects’ hardware and software
keynote from Minister of State for Universities and Science David Willetts
premiere of TEL commissioned film ‘Inventing the Future of Learning‘
expert panel . . . → Read More: TEL at the Royal Society

Using Innovative Technologies in the Classroom event

Following last year’s successful event, Topcliffe Primary School in Birmingham hosted a day of hands-on experiences of ‘Using Innovative Technologies in the Classroom’ featuring input from the TEL Echoes project team.

Researchers presented work undertaken in five different schools. The process of digital story creation and web portals was presented and participants had the opportunity to get . . . → Read More: Using Innovative Technologies in the Classroom event

Pre-register for free Royal Society event

Registration is open for our final public event – 6th November at the Royal Society.

The event will feature:

exhibitions/demos of the TEL projects and thematic work
panel debate and Q&A with leading figures in the field
first chance to view TEL programme film
and much more in a prestigious and historical location.

The event forms part of the ESRC Festival of . . . → Read More: Pre-register for free Royal Society event

Echoes Indian links

TEL’s Echoes project has gone global thanks to the visit of a researcher.

Ravi Agarwal, a PhD student from the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad, spent May to July 2012 fine-tuning Echoes’ virtual touch-screen garden and the virtual character, ‘Andy’.

The project’s AI garden environment for large touch-screens uses gaze-tracking technology and a responsive character (Andy) to . . . → Read More: Echoes Indian links

TEL stories available

#edtech #tel A new set of leaflets summarising the work of the eight TEL projects is now available. Entitled ‘TEL stories: Evidence from the TEL Research Programme’, the documents aim to show in accessible style the practical impact the programme’s research . . . → Read More: TEL stories available

TEL report: System Upgrade

#tel A report summarising the findings of the TEL programme in the wider context of technology-enhanced learning and offering recommendations for future strategy launched on 13th June at the House of Lords to a group of policymakers, technologists and practitioners chaired by Lord Knight.

The report – a major outcome of the programme – is written by . . . → Read More: TEL report: System Upgrade

Echoes follow on funding

The TEL Echoes project forms part of a group of projects that received follow-on funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to further investigate the possibilities for using technology to support autism spectrum children with communication.

The ‘Shaping the future of technology use in the classroom’ grant will run from 31st May 2012 to 31st . . . → Read More: Echoes follow on funding

Echoes in action

New video available. The Echoes project’s work using AI virtual characters, touch screen and gaze tracking technology to look at developing social skils in typically developing and ASD children can now be seen first hand.

The video shows children interacting with Andy, the virutal ‘agent’ as researchers note their reactions. The host school’s headteacher is also featured, . . . → Read More: Echoes in action