eScience in and beyond the classroom

This is a pre-conference space to determine what we'd like to discuss at the workshop on 4th December. Our time allocation is 1 hour 40 minutes and so to maximise that time please do contribute here in advance. Workshop information is here and on the conference website

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Paper Abstracts 3 & 4

Designing a Multipurpose Virtual Laboratory to Support Communities of Practice in Physics
Silvia Gabbrielli, Markus Hodapp*, Roberto Ranon University of Udine *University of Mannheim
Abstract: This paper reports our recent work within the EuroTeV project, aimed at designing a Multipurpose Virtual Laboratory (MVL) to support collaboration among several European institutes, working in the area of physics research. Specifically, we discuss the type of support MVL can provide to knowledge creation and sharing within its community of users. We also highlight how the digital resources available in this environment might be reused by virtual communities of learners, thus helping to bridge the gap between the worlds of eScience work and education.

Identifying Tools to Support Schools’ Collaborative Teaching and Learning
Hilary Smith, Joshua Underwood, Geraldine Fitzpatrick, Rose Luckin*, Danae Stanton Fraser** University of Sussex, *Institute of Education, **University of Bath
Abstract: Integration of e-Science and Grid technologies into curriculum teaching is currently an ambitious aim for teachers and school infrastructures to organise. However, it can expose classroom learners and teachers to a wider community of specialists and interested others, enriching the classroom experience beyond the knowledge of the local teacher. This paper reflects on two practical e-Science projects that utilised mobile hand-held technologies to bring the concepts of collaborative e-Science and the Grid to young scientists. Students engaged in hands-on exploration of their surroundings, and were able to communicate with pollution specialists and with a remote classroom of children who had used similar sensors. Communication and data sharing activities in these sessions exposed a requirement for a suite of tools and technologies not currently accessible to schools. From qualitative analysis of data across these two projects, we present a collection of supporting tools to help achieve this aim and future research direction.

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