Dr Phillip A. Towndrow Invited as a Guest Speaker at Kanda University of International Studies, Japan
Friday, 19 December 2014
Senior Research Scientist, Dr Phillip A. Towndrow, has been invited as a guest speaker on the use of new media in education at Kanda University of International Studies (KUIS), Chiba, Japan, from 12-16 January 2015. He will give a talk and conduct a workshop with the following details:
Talk: Growing in digital maturity: Students and their computers in an academic laptop programme in Singapore
Research into one-to-one laptop computing has tended to focus on what teachers and students do with their devices rather than on how or why ubiquitous, mobile teaching and learning is apt and appropriate for mainstream subject-based curricula. While it’s undeniably useful to showcase exemplary practices at the intersection of teaching, learning and digital technology, what might happen when digital potential--for whatever--reason outstrips practice? Using data collected through two focus group interviews with learners in Singapore, this talk attempts to show that students can still learn valuable lessons from their laptop-mediated experiences both in and beyond the classroom despite (or because of?) restrictive and limiting instructional agendas and standardised testing. The genius of this approach lies in understanding the nature of how students can grow in digital maturity.
Workshop: Designing tasks for collaborative learning outputs and outcomes
Educational policy-makers, curriculum planners and teachers place much emphasis nowadays on collaborative learning as a desirable and worthy attribute of 21st century learners. But what exactly is collaboration and how does it differ from cooperation or other forms of group work? In this workshop we will consider some of the essential features of collaboration and move on to design tasks showing how these are realisable in classroom learning contexts.
He will share findings from the project "Multimodal Literacy in English Language and Literature Teaching: The Design, Implementation and Evaluation of a One-to-One Wireless Laptop Programme in a Singapore High School"
For more information on the project, please visit: http://www.nie.edu.sg/research-projects/multimodal-literacy-english-language-and-literature-teaching-design-implementation-and-evaluation-a-one-to-one