SMILE: The Creation of Space for Interaction
Through Blended Digital Technology
Rose Luckin, Diane Brewster, Darren
Pearce, Richard Siddons-Corby and Benedict
Interactive Learning Environments at Sussex University is a course
in which students are given mobile devices (XDAs) with PDA functionality
and full Internet access for the duration of the term. They are
challenged to design and evaluate learning experiences, both running
and evaluating learning sessions that involve a blend of technologies.
Data on technology usage was collected via backups, e-mail and web-site
logging as well as video and still photography of student-led sessions.
Initial analysis indicates that large amounts of technical support,
solid pedagogical underpinning and a flexible approach to both delivery
context and medium are essential.
Keywords: XDA, Pedagogy, conversational framework