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Monday, October 15, 2007

Futurelab's news October 2007

Report from interactive whiteboards (IWBs) debate
Earlier this year Futurelab and Promethean jointly hosted a debate entitled: Do whiteboards have a future in the UK classroom?
A report originally written as background reading for this debate is now available. This report reviews the research literature, examines some of the key issues, and puts forward some ideas for potential future developments in terms of teaching, training, use and design of IWBs.

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John Howells has been Principal of Leasowes Community College in Dudley for 21 years. In that time, he has introduced some radical changes, including whole days when students focus on a single subject. John outlined his philosophy to Kim Thomas, and explained the role technology plays in helping students take responsibility for their own learning.

This video gives an overview of why Futurelab is interested in computer games for learning, what commercial games offer to the classroom, and how games can be developed specifically with education in mind.

If you couldn't make it to the Futurelab Open House a couple of months ago, you might be interested in this short video from the event, which gives a good overview of our current themes (digital inclusion, teachers and innovations, and learning spaces).

Source: Futurelab