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One week just thinking…

Last day in Amsterdam after a week listening to my colleagues, sharing ideas, entering discussions and observing the general feel. The best I take from all I’ve seen and heard are new possibilities presentations like Diane and Thomas Wilcox’s opened to me. I don’t teach chemistry, but I could see how I could use OpenSim, which my research group ARGET has used before, to help high complexity schools in Tarragona. The workshop, the first day of the congress too, was just amazing. I can’t wait to try MakeyMakey and Pocket code.

Something however I have to say is that it was a bit disappointing to find so few people with critical ideas on the uses of technology. The fact that there are moral and emotional implications in the uses we give to tools, particularly but not exclusively, talking about early education, was never mentioned. Even the economy behind tools, I mean, there are companies there, making profit, using our data, using our social media presence… And we not often reflect on the consequences of that.

Besides, I’m progressively tanking a more “ecological”, “Integral” take on education and the roles technology and multimodal resources should play there… I will be the editor of a special number of our faculty journal: “Multimodal Discourses on Education: Reflections on Contemporary Practices of Creation and Interchange of Meaning” – UT. I hope I will be able to set an agenda in my editorial. I am very conscious I’m nobody to put forward an agenda for multimodal pedagogy… But I feel like doing it, anyway. And, from what I have seen in EdMedia2018, I think it is necessary.

I will leave you with a pick from yesterday night at the beach of Amsterdam at, wauuu, 10:30pm. It was a perfect sunset. I will be going home now with mind and heart full of ideas, happy for having met interesting people and for having spent a whole week just thinking… Yes, I enjoy that and I have to thank EdMedia2018 for having been the scenario for all the things I have realized this week.

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By the way, here is the information on the call for UT, in case anyone out there is interested:

Deadline for manuscripts reception: 05/October/2018

The UT Journal: Universitas Tarraconensis – Journal of Educational Sciences is published by the Department of Pedagogy of the Rovira i Virgili University. It is biannual (two issues are published every year: June and December) and until 2015 it is published on paper and as of this year it is published in exclusively digital format. This call is for one special number. The monograph “Multimodal Discourses on Education: Reflections on Contemporary Practices of Creation and Interchange of Meaning” aims to explore, through scientific review, the multiple ways through which the educational landscape transforms and is potentially transformed by semiotic practices. With this monograph, we address the question of how representative and communicative resources change the educational landscape, as well as the political, social and cultural implications of these processes. As Editors, we expect a variety of topics at the intersection of social semiotics, digital ethnography and pedagogy. This monograph tries to bring together work related to the contemporary changing educational and communicative demands.

We welcome the presentation of unpublished manuscripts. They can be empirical or theoretical research studies. UT uses an electronic platform “Open Journal System” to manage the peer-review process. If you have not submitted a paper to this journal before, you will need to create an account. All manuscripts must be sent through this electronic platform.

Manuscripts can be written in Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, French and English and must be original. Only those that have not been published previously, nor submitted for review to other scientific journals will be accepted for publication. Authors who send a manuscript to UT are invited to include their professional data and to add their ORCID identifier. ( Please find enclosed instructions for the authors.

We invite you to send us your work.


June 29, 2018 at 9:12 am Leave a comment

Digital literacy to make a better world

I’m attending EdMedia 2018 this year and it opened with two parallel workshops. I decided to attend “Making with kids in Europe – to foster digital literacy, to make a better world, and to build a new entrepreneurship education”. It was so inspiring. The team began presenting the ideas that underline their practice: the maker movement and the implications of new digital gadgets, fabrication tools and spaces for creative learning and teaching.

Than, just to wam up, we did the marshmallow challenge. We organized in groups. in fifteen minutes, teams must build the tallest free-standing structure out of 20 sticks of spaghetti, one yard of tape, one yard of string, and one marshmallow. The marshmallow needs to be on top. And my group won it =) I have to say we did really well, collaborating to create the best structure and then building it. It’s all about working together and being able to try things out. It was fun, but just the beginning.

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What came next was demonstrations of many different activities that would introduce kids to really complicated themes in a fun way through the mediation of technology. What I liked the most about it was the whole number of possibilities it opened my mind to. I mean, my student teachers explore digital tools in our multimodal literacy classes at the university, but I really never dared anything in the field of programming, robotics or 3D printing. The thing is that as I don’t feel qualified in these fields, I felt I couldn’t guide my students there. But in fact I can, cause it is not about what I can do. It should be about what my students can imagine and do.

In the workshop we had some  hands-on experiences with simple maker tools and projects with children for beginners and insights into diverse European approaches and experiences with maker education. We saw some experimental projects from the European initiative DOIT , we saw how we could program educational games in Scratch, and we played with a dough piano and with conductivity using a MaKeyMaKey set.

I will begging by buying my Makeymakey kit and plying with my 2,5 year old kid. Then I will think how I can bring it into my teaching and how I can make a better world with all that. I still don’t know exactly what will come out of it, but I wanted to share the links and the joy of this morning with you.

June 25, 2018 at 1:18 pm Leave a comment

Future Educators’ Explaning Voices

So that future educators are able to elaborate a professional identity which encompasses the pedagogical uses of technology among their range of ordinary duties, their educators should provide them with an environment that favors enough flexibility to self expression and serve as a meta-exercise, through which future educators can elaborate new appreciations of the role of teachers and the purposes of education in the digital age. Guiding students in the understanding of their own voices can be an exercise that leads to the development of a more critical and reflexive professional identity.

Higher education professionals and researchers should not take for granted that as students live surrounded by technology, using them on a daily basis, they should have favorable perceptions on their educational use. Whatever level of familiarity future educators have with technology when they come to the university, they also bring some preconceptions and misconceptions on what literacy means and on what are the means of literacy. It is important to bridge students’ previous knowledge, which is both technical but also philosophical, regarding technologies to richer levels of understanding of the role of twentieth first century educators. Podcasts seem to offer a tool just as good to build such a bridge.

de Oliveira, J., Buenestado, P. & Camacho, M. (2013). Future Educators’ Explaning Voices. In Proceedings of IADS Mobiles Learning. (pp. 143-147). Lisboa: IADIS.

March 25, 2013 at 7:21 pm Leave a comment

Get ready for what is coming up!

December 13, 2007 at 8:22 am Leave a comment

The Aston University Postgraduate Conference

On June 6th and 7th the Aston University organized a postgraduate conference on CDA. We were around 70 people, 25 of us presenting papers. I really had a very good time there and would specially like to thank professors Carmen and Malcolm for the kind welcome. I was glad to have the opportunity of meeting people working on their CDA Phds. It felt really cool having researchers like Norman, Teun and Ruth listening to us, there making questions and participating with young researchers. I took my camera with me and made a video. Please keep in mind it was the first time I used the camera and the first video I edited. I wish I had been able to have us all included, but that was what i could do with my expertise. Hope you enjoy it!

Also check Daniel’s pics. A precious perspective on those intensive days 🙂

June 13, 2007 at 11:34 pm 4 comments


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