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Talk Miguel Nussbaum

Monday, October 18, Room INM202,  at 16:15.


Can a class of students control a single computer with 30 mice?

Miguel Nussbaum mn@ing.puc.cl
Computer Science Department, School of Engineering, Universidad Catolica de Chile

Single Display Groupware (SDG) allows multiple people, in the same physical space, to interact simultaneously over a single communal display, through individual input devices that work on the same machine. In this seminar we show how SDG implemented through a computer, a projector, and one mouse per child can be used inside the classroom. We show two experiences. In the first, a participatory approach that makes use of formative assessment for teaching arithmetic’s. Each student must solve a series of mathematical exercises, generated according to their performance through a set of pedagogical rules incorporated into the system. We established statistically relevant results and observed that the software proved most beneficial for the students with the lowest initial results. This happens because the system adapts to the students’ needs, reinforcing the content they most need to work on, thus generating a personalized learning process. In the second experience, making use of the same implementation of SDG, we propose a Computer Supported Collaborative Learning model for big groups within the classroom. The model the work was based on was a Multiple Classification Matrix and the application we built was for learning language (Spanish). The basic collaboration mechanism the model is based on is Silent Collaboration, in which students –through suggestions and exchanges- must compare their ideas to their classmates’. In both approaches the teacher has an active mediating role supported by technology.

Miguel Nussbaum, Doktor der Technischen Wissenschaften, 'Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule' (ETHZ), 1988, is full professor for Computer Science at the School of Engineering of the Pontificia Universidad Catolica Chile. His research is focused in how to transform the classroom experience from the classical teacher oriented to one where students are active learners with projects in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Guatemala, India, United Kingdom and the United States, and are endorsed by UNESCO. He has published almost 60 journal papers of the ISI catalogue and won the best conference paper award at CSCL 2009.

Posted by David Bréchet at 8:53
Autumn program for Teacher Training workshops

The Autumn program for Teacher Training workshops,

organized in collaboration with the University of Geneva, Lausanne, Neuchâtel  and Fribourg

is now available on-line.

The courses soon to take place are:

·  Trucs et combines pour bien donner son cours, 31 August, morning

·  Planifier et organiser son enseignement,  7 September, morning

·  Apprivoisier son trac, 14 September, morning

·  Moi j'enseigne mais eux apprennent-ils-elles, 24 September, morning

·  Effective lecturing, 30 September, 9 am to 5 pm

Posted by Jean-Louis Ricci at 8:19
Open-Source Robotics for Education.
Think Globally, Build Locally: a Technological Platform for Low-Cost,Open-Source Robotics for Education
	Paulo Blikstein, Stanford University
August 23 (this Monday), at 16:15, in room BC129
“Programmable bricks” are microcontroller-based devices that can be used in various educational projects, such as robotic prototypes, environmental sensing, and interactive art. They have been used in educational settings for many years, but particularly in public schools their penetration has been limited due either to unavailability or prohibitive cost. In this talk, we discuss recent work on the GoGo Board, an open-source, extensible, low-cost programmable brick mainly designed for educational use, especially in low-income areas. We discuss the board’s main design principles, which were based on our extensive fieldwork in several countries such as Brazil, Mexico, and Thailand, as well as implication for learning activities, the use of low-cost materials, and local construction of boards.
Paulo Blikstein is an Assistant Professor at the School of Education and (by courtesy) at the Computer Science Department. He holds a MSc. from the MIT Media Lab and a PhD. from the School of Education at Northwestern University. Blikstein’s research focuses on the design of expressive technologies for mathematics and science learning, especially in for underprivileged populations, in the US and abroad. His research interests also include cognitive modeling and the applications of complexity sciences in education.
Posted by Pierre Dillenbourg at 17:18
Talk Wendy E. Mackay

Wendy E. Mackay, INRIA

July 5th at 16:15 Room BC 329

Interactive Paper: From creative expression to computational power. The 'myth of the paperless office' has been shown to be just that, a myth. We have been studying users who have strong needs for both physical documents and on-line computation, from air traffic controllers to biologists to composers of contempory music. We are exploring the sometimes surprising role of physical paper with respect to digital documents and have developed a series of field-tested augmented paper systems that let users benefit from the creative, open-ended use of paper and embed interaction into the act of writing.

Posted by David Bréchet at 15:21
Talk Michel Beaudouin-Lafon

Michel Beaudouin-Lafon, Université Paris-Sud

July 6th at 15:15, room BC 329

Interaction beyond computation. We are currently witnessing a shift in computer science from classical, closed computer systems to open, interactive systems whose components harness each other's power. This is particularly true in Human-Computer Interaction, where research has shifted from user interfaces for controlling computational processes to large-scale mediated communication tools, such as the Web, and mixed reality environments that foster creativity. In this talk I will explore the notion of _interactive computation_[1]  in the context of Human-Computer Interaction. I will emphasize the need to create novel models, tools and interaction techniques that leverage interaction and treat it as a first-class object. I will illustrate this approach with some of our work at the InSitu lab, in particular instrumental interaction, multi-scale interfaces and reflective, reconfigurable tools.

Posted by Florence Colomb at 10:28
Talk Sara Price

Sara Price, London Knowledge Lab

July 5th at 15:15 Room BC 329
Tangible technologies: New tools for learning? Drawing on work from the ‘Designing Tangibles for Learning’ project this talk will critically explore recent insight into the effectiveness of physical-digital interfaces for learning interaction. In particular, it will look at questions around representation design (in terms of input/output coupling; physical properties of objects and meaning attribution; and collaborative learning. In light of this, key research challenges, and future research directions will be proposed.

Posted by Florence Colomb at 10:25
Talk Prof Adrian Bangerter, University of Neuchâtel
10/06/2010 @ 13:15 room BC 01
Managing interruptions of collaborative tasks

Interruptions are ubiquitous in everyday life. This talk will first review research on how often they occur, what effects they have and what types exist. Then, solutions for managing interruptions in human-computer interaction will be discussed before presenting the author’s own work on how people manage interruptions of collaborative tasks through conversation. The talk will end with a discussion of the challenges for modelling and managing constraints of parallel collaborative activities.


Posted by Florence Colomb at 10:33
2009 activities report

The activities from CRAFT in 2009.
Here is the repport (click on the image).

Rapport activités 2009

Posted by David Bréchet at 10:38
Slides from EPFL Bootsrap
Here are the slides used to introduce new profs to the EPFL system.
Posted by Pierre Dillenbourg at 14:20
CRAFT offices have moved

On Feb. 3rd, CRAFT moved to the Rolex Learning Center. The building will be open to the EPFL community on Feb 22nd. If you want to meet us before that date, please contat us and we'll meet somewhere else on campus.

Posted by Pierre Dillenbourg at 8:34
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