Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

3-G mobiles to help school learning

30.11.2005


Recent research suggests that most children spend more time ‘gaming’ than doing homework.

So what if gaming were homework or at least ‘out of class work’?

A European-funded project at Manchester Metropolitan University aims to show how games and mobile technologies can be combined to give new learning experiences for schoolchildren, particularly in their own time.



The eMapps.com Project aims to support the design of games which teachers are willing to adopt for pedagogic purposes and to therefore contribute to new teaching methodologies through multimedia.

New generation

SMS, GPS, the Internet and the new generation of 3G mobile technologies will provide the tools for a new form of training using games that can be played at anytime or in any place.

Geoff Butters, a researcher in MMU’s Centre for Research in Library & Information Management (CERLIM) said: “Many of the skills valuable for successful game play, and recognised by both teachers and parents, are as yet only implicitly valued within a school and curriculum context.

“In future, learning will move increasingly from the classroom into the learner’s environments, both real and virtual.”

Learn through GPS

Schools across Europe, will develop learning games for 9-12-year-olds for use on handheld devices, piloting the idea first in history and geography, using Global Positioning System (GPS) technology.

The €2.8 million project is funded under the EC’s Information Society Technologies 6th Framework Programme and concentrates initially on eight of the new member states – Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Poland, Hungary, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania.

The project will deliver local training courses to teachers, provide a multi-lingual handbook for training and a web-based training platform.

Added Geoff: “On a cognitive level, play encourages the development of our concepts about the world. The challenge is to design new learning games where teachers set the theme and the player can then explore whatever permutations of that theme he or she desires.”

Gareth Hollyman | alfa
Further information:
http://www.mmu.ac.uk/news/news_item.php?id=356
http://www.mmu.ac.uk

More articles from Science Education:

nachricht Decision-making research in children: Rules of thumb are learned with time
19.10.2016 | Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung

nachricht Young people discover the "Learning Center"
20.09.2016 | Research Center Pharmaceutical Engineering GmbH

All articles from Science Education >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Traffic jam in empty space

New success for Konstanz physicists in studying the quantum vacuum

An important step towards a completely new experimental access to quantum physics has been made at University of Konstanz. The team of scientists headed by...

Im Focus: How gut bacteria can make us ill

HZI researchers decipher infection mechanisms of Yersinia and immune responses of the host

Yersiniae cause severe intestinal infections. Studies using Yersinia pseudotuberculosis as a model organism aim to elucidate the infection mechanisms of these...

Im Focus: Interfacial Superconductivity: Magnetic and superconducting order revealed simultaneously

Researchers from the University of Hamburg in Germany, in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Aarhus in Denmark, have synthesized a new superconducting material by growing a few layers of an antiferromagnetic transition-metal chalcogenide on a bismuth-based topological insulator, both being non-superconducting materials.

While superconductivity and magnetism are generally believed to be mutually exclusive, surprisingly, in this new material, superconducting correlations...

Im Focus: Studying fundamental particles in materials

Laser-driving of semimetals allows creating novel quasiparticle states within condensed matter systems and switching between different states on ultrafast time scales

Studying properties of fundamental particles in condensed matter systems is a promising approach to quantum field theory. Quasiparticles offer the opportunity...

Im Focus: Designing Architecture with Solar Building Envelopes

Among the general public, solar thermal energy is currently associated with dark blue, rectangular collectors on building roofs. Technologies are needed for aesthetically high quality architecture which offer the architect more room for manoeuvre when it comes to low- and plus-energy buildings. With the “ArKol” project, researchers at Fraunhofer ISE together with partners are currently developing two façade collectors for solar thermal energy generation, which permit a high degree of design flexibility: a strip collector for opaque façade sections and a solar thermal blind for transparent sections. The current state of the two developments will be presented at the BAU 2017 trade fair.

As part of the “ArKol – development of architecturally highly integrated façade collectors with heat pipes” project, Fraunhofer ISE together with its partners...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Sustainable Water use in Agriculture in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

19.01.2017 | Event News

12V, 48V, high-voltage – trends in E/E automotive architecture

10.01.2017 | Event News

2nd Conference on Non-Textual Information on 10 and 11 May 2017 in Hannover

09.01.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

Helmholtz International Fellow Award for Sarah Amalia Teichmann

20.01.2017 | Awards Funding

An innovative high-performance material: biofibers made from green lacewing silk

20.01.2017 | Materials Sciences

Ion treatments for cardiac arrhythmia — Non-invasive alternative to catheter-based surgery

20.01.2017 | Life Sciences

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>