The Open Knowledge Foundation will hold its biggest open data and open knowledge event to date, the Open Knowledge Festival 2014. It will be global, inclusive and participatory, bringing together over 1000 participants from more than 60 countries.
To create societies where everyone has both access to key information and the ability to use it to understand and shape their lives, we must build knowledge into the heart of all of our activities. This is a big task which requires not just a global shift in mindset, but also that we build the tools and communities to make such a society possible. We invite you to join us from 15-17 July in Berlin for OKFestival 2014 as we consider how to translate Open Minds to Open Action.
OKFestival 2014 will be a shared, immersive experience - you can learn, listen, brainstorm, make, hack, watch and explore. The festival aims to engage and inspire attendees, and in turn your active participation will shape the event and its outcomes. The festival is a place for learning and dialogue, and it is these conversations which will act as the catalysts that enable us to make progress together on the things we care about.
This year, these conversations will be based around three narrative streams: Knowledge, Tools and Society. Visit the conference website to see the full programme.
The TPACK (Technology, Pedagogy and Content Knowledge) model presents the three types of knowledge that are necessary to implement a successful technology-based educational activity.
It highlights how the intersections between TPK (Technological Pedagogical Knowledge), PCK (Pedagogical Content Knowledge) and TCK (Technological Content Knowledge) are not a sheer sum up of their components but new types of knowledge. This paper focuses on TPK, the intersection between technology knowledge and pedagogy knowledge – a crucial field of investigation. Actually, technology in education is not just an add-on but is literally reshaping teaching/learning paradigms. Technology modifies pedagogy and pedagogy dictates requirements to technology.
In order to pursue this research, an empirical approach was taken, building a repository (back-end) and a portal (front-end) of about 300 real-life educational experiences run at school. Educational portals are not new, but they generally emphasise content. Instead, in our portal, technology and pedagogy take centre stage. Experiences are classified according to more than 30 categories (‘facets’) and more than 200 facet values, all revolving around the pedagogical implementation and the technology used.
The portal (an innovative piece of technology) supports sophisticated ‘exploratory’ sessions of use, targeted at researchers (investigating the TPK intersection), teachers (looking for inspiration in their daily jobs) and decision makers (making decisions about the introduction of technology into schools).
FIET 2014 is a meeting space where internationally renowned figures from the world of Education and Technology can reflect and make proposals regarding their transformative role in a digital context.
The event will consists of more than 100 international expert speakers, 11 themes, lectures, presentations, workshops, and an exhibition of technology and education. It is aimed at the entire society and technologists specializing in education, culture and technology, teachers, students, families and the general public.
The main objective of the event is to showcase the bank of knowledge and experience amassed in Catalonia in the fields of Education, Culture and Technology and compare it with the knowledge and experience of the best specialists in the world with the intention to generate future environments in these areas.
This broad objective will be fulfilled through the analysis, debate and construction of education proposals for new learning environments from a technological and transformational perspective. Find out more on the FIET website and use the hashtag #FIET2014 to get the latest updates on Twitter.
Gdańsk University of Technology (Poland) is hosting a conference on e-Technologies in Engineering Education to popularize good practices, methodologies, and the latest technologies in the field.
The conference will blend the academic and private sectors to offer a rich cross-section of research and best practices. From the academic arena, university faculty, high school teachers, and students in technical fields are invited to join the conference. In the private sector, the event will include representatives of companies working in e-technology, e-learning platform administrators, and topic experts in related fields.
A selection of the papers presented at the conference will be published in the academic journals The Journal of Electronic Education "EduAkcja" or The Research Bulletin of the Faculty of Electrical and Control Engineering at the Gdańsk University of Technology.
Nominations are now open for the ALT Learning Technologist of the Year Award. The award recognises individual educators or teams who demonstrate outstanding achievement in the use of technology to support learning.
In addition to celebrating excellent practices, the award also aims to promote the effective use of learning technologies on a national level (UK).
The prizes are:
- 1st prize: £1000
- 2nd prize: £500
- 3rd prize: £250
ALT will also award one Special Award for Learners to a student or group of students who have made an extraordinary contribution to the use of technology for learning. The award includes free attendance for up to 2 people at ALT's national conference.
The winners will be selected based on the following four areas of evaluation:
- A clear description of the actions taken to develop and support the achievement.
- Clear, credible, statement of the applicant's approach to the technological, and/or methodological, and/or managerial, and/or teaching and learning choices made by the applicant during the period covered by the application.
- Major and beneficial impact on practices within the applicant's or team's organisation, community, or sphere of influence.
- Outstanding overall contribution in managing, researching, supporting or enabling learning with the use of learning technology.
The deadline to enter is 23 May, 2014. The competition is open to anyone in the UK and all ALT members outside of the UK. For more information on how to enter, please visit the ALT website.
Authors are invited to submit original research papers (up to 6 pages) for a special session on Quality in Education Technologies at the Panhellenic Conference on Informatics. The deadline to submit a paper is April 23.
- Learning Management Systems
- Synchronous and asynchronous educational Tools
- Web 2.0 in distance education
- Virtual classroom
- Educational software quality
- HCI in educational technologies
All papers submitted to PCI 2014 should be formatted according to the ACM SIG Proceedings style templates. At least one author from every submission accepted for publication in the proceedings needs to register and attend the conference.
About the conference
PCI 2014 gives room for scientists, experts and professionals in computer science and the emerging fields of informatics to present original research results, to share experience and to exchange ideas. The conference provides a unique opportunity for presenting methodological approaches to describe, explain, predict, and design information and communication models, architectures, and systems for the business environment. To find out more, please visit the conference website.
This is an online course to help you understand better how to use technology to enhance your teaching practice. The course is aimed primarily at people teaching at Higher Education level, whether in Higher Education Institutions or Further Education Colleges. The course is now over, but the materials will remain available for the next few months.
The eLearning Industry is appealing for participants to take their Quality Evaluation Survey of Learning Management Systems (LMSs).
The survey has been launched with the aim of developing a New Evaluation Framework for LMSs (the platforms that handle the management, delivery and tracking of the learning process in on-line learning environments).
The survey will evaluate the quality of LMSs from the perspective of learners, instructors and administrators. Organisers are optimistic that this will be the largest survey into LMSs ever conducted, and are hoping for responses from over 500 participants.
For more information, including details of how to take the survey, please visit the official website. The survey will remain open until May 10th 2014.