After 4.5 years of hard work, memorable moments and exciting discoveries the iRead project will shortly be coming to an end on 30 June. In advance of our final newsletter we wanted to share with you the details of an upcoming special online event hosted by the UCL team and Learnus which will reflect on … Continue reading End of Project Special Event: Children’s learning in digital games – The theory and the practice
Roger Gilabert Guerrero and Judit Serra Technology has been increasingly used for educational purposes. Nowadays, schools are equipped with diverse technological devices, such as computers, tablets, digital panels, educative robots… Teachers find themselves struggling to incorporate them in their lessons and seek to take advantage of the alleged technological perks: motivating students, personalisation and learning … Continue reading Can iRead’s algorithm help learners to read better than the teacher?
Theophano Christou Homeschooling has just finished, and students went back to school. Students in most schools used the apps at home, and they were pleased about it! We helped them by talking on the phone with them, their parents, or teachers. Researchers provided help to teachers by assigning games! Use of iRead at home Going … Continue reading News from Greece: Playing Navigo at school again, and the importance of dissemination
Last week we sat down with Mark Breuker from EDIA, who is a specialist in language technologies for education. Mark's work has been an integral part of the iRead project - he has collaborated with the project through developing models with which to classify texts based on their difficulty. Thanks for speaking with us today, … Continue reading Collaboration Between the European Language Grid and iRead
Leona Bunting, University of Gothenburg As spring term started here in Sweden, we needed to recruit some new schools for the evaluation. Most of the schools we had begun the evaluation with had already had the iRead apps for a year and were ready to return the tablets. But how to go about the recruiting … Continue reading Using social media to recruit schools
Minna Orvokki Nygren A well-known supportive strategy with struggling readers is to highlight specific phonemes (parts of a word) within a text by colour-coding them. Specialist teachers do this all the time: using a coloured pencil they may circle tricky vowel combinations on a piece of paper. Coloured letters can help in developing accuracy and fluency, foundational skills in reading. An accurate and fluent reader is someone who can read a text without the need to stop creating a “bridge” between the words and comprehension. However, the effectiveness of … Continue reading Why Studying Children’s Responses to Colour-Coded Letters on E-Readers Really Matters?
By Emma Sumner - UCL-IOE, Department of Psychology and Human Development Rachel Finapiri was a placement student from University of Surrey working with Emma Sumner and Elisabeth Herbert at UCL-IOE (Department of Psychology and Human Development) between February and July 2019. Rachel was on the Masters (MSc) in Developmental Psychology programme at Surrey and was … Continue reading Placement student Rachel Finapiri shares her experiences on the iRead project
By Leona Bunting (University of Gothenburg) On June 18 the University of Gothenburg (UGOT) team participated in PopUpDig19. PopUpDig is a one-day conference about learning and digitalization for teachers, IT pedagogues and library staff organized by the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. This was the third year it was held, and it was fully booked well … Continue reading iRead @ PopUpDig19
By Laura Benton (UCL Knowledge Lab) This month the UCL iRead team returned to the CHI conference (2019 Conference of Human Factors in Computing Systems) to present some follow-up research focused on the instructional design within existing reading games for children and also to demonstrate the latest version of the Navigo game. These submissions were … Continue reading iRead @ CHI 2019
By Roger Gilabert (University of Barcelona) On April 10th Roger Gilabert from the University of Barcelona presented a paper co-authored with Kay Berkling from the University of DHBW Karlsruhe at the GamiFIN Conference in Levi, Finland. The title of the talk was: " Designing a comprehensive evaluation method for learning games: a general approach with … Continue reading iRead Researchers present work at GamiFIN conference