The project's fourth transnational meeting took place at Hogeschool PXL in Hasselt Belgium on 4 and 5 April 2019. Led by project leader Professor Kevin Burden, partners discussed a range of issues relating to the project’s progress including the follow-up and evaluation of the MOOC, the next steps in the further development of the app, the planning of the academic papers and other dissemination activities. Furthermore we brainstormed on content and procedures during the Learning and Training Event (LTTE) in Cyprus in April next year, discussed how to organise the development and publication of the case studies and the planning of the next editions of the national multiplier events in the second half of 2019.
Thanks to effective chairing and the kind hosting of this event by the local partners Wouter Hustinx and Marie Evens we had a most fruitful and pleasant meeting at the excellent conference facilities of Hogeschool PXL The project team crossing over to the meeting room at the conference centre.
Recent Project Events
Conference papers, workshop and other contributions
DEIMP was well represented at the 5th International MiTE Conference hosted by The University of Technology Sydney on 18 – 19 January 2019 by the Australian, UK & Irish partners and their colleagues.
Project coordinator Kevin Burden (University of HULL) also presented at various other conferences and events these past months.
March, 2019: Mobile Learning Conference e-teach the teachers, Karlsruhe, Germany
In March, 2019 Professor Burden gave one of the keynote presentations at the final multiplier event of the e-Teach the Teachers project, an Erasmus+ school project designed to help teachers in Germany use iPads. The project has used the iPAC framework to underpin its activities and Professor Burden explained, how the DEIMP project was the natural successor to the Mobilising and Transforming Teacher Education Project (MTTEP) which preceded it. Over 100 attendees listened to the presentation including teachers, university academics, school leaders, EU representatives and a number of local and state policy-makers.
April, 2019: 15th International Mobile learning Conference, Utrecht, Netherlands
In April 2019 Professor Burden and Professor Schuck from the University of Hull and the University of Technology, Sydney, presented a paper at the annual m-Learn conference held in Utrecht in the netherlands. The paper, entitled INNOVATIVE MOBILE LEARNING: A SCAN OF THE LITERATURE, focused on the systematic literature review undertaken by the DEIMP team in 2018-2019 and the 21 innovative mobile learning principles have resulted from this review. We were accompanied by Rebecca Kelly, a PhD student at the University of Hull who also gave a presentation on Mobile Assisted Third spaces which she refers to as MATS (see below)
April, 2019: Workshop on iPAC and DEIMP at Metis school, Bergen, Norway
In April, 2019 Professor Burden led a workshop at Metis school in Bergen to share the results of the MTTEP project, to help attendees understand and use the iPAC framework, and to raise awareness about the DEIMP project. Attendees including teachers at the school and academics from the local teacher education university (University of Western Norway Applied Sciences). Attendees were interested in using the forthcoming app and attending the MOOC which which take place in Autumn 2019.
July, 2019: University of Tubingen, Germany
In July, 2019 Professor Burden was invited by Dr. Amanda Naylor to give a presentation to staff and postgraduate students at the University of Tubingen in Germany. The presentation focused on the disruptive use of mobile technologies and explored how the DEIMP project is developing principles and strategies to help teachers design innovative mobile pedagogies. Over 50 students and staff attended the presentation which can be seen below
July, 2019: LTEC conference, University of Salamanca, Spain
In July, 2019 Professor Burden was invited to give a keynote presentation on the DEIMP project at the 8th International Workshop on Learning Technology for Education Challenges (LTEC) conference, held at the University of Salamanca in Zamora, Spain. The presentation was attended by over 150 researchers and academics from universities around the world including Taiwan, China, Chile, Australia, Argentina, and Europe itself. In the presentation Professor Burden explored how the use of futures research methodologies, the subject of a recent book written by himself and colleagues in the University of Technology Sydney and the University of Cambridge (REF), can be used to postulate alternative learning scenarios for innovative mobile learning. The presentation can be found here.
On Friday 28th June, Australian school PLC made a presentation with project members Schuck and Kearney in the Researching and Engaging with Schools day at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).
The photo shows PLC teacher Sree Raniga presenting at the seminar.
The School of Education NUI Galway facilitated 5 information workshops in April and May on 'Innovative Methodologies for the use of iPads in the Classroom’.
These workshops were attended by 113 teachers and here held in Clare Education Centre, Mayo Education Centre & Galway Education Centre in conjunction with CompuB.
The participants have expressed an interest in further training which we hope will take the form of a short course in Mobile Learning.
The MGO (An Máistir Gairmiúil san Oideachas / Professional Master of Education) Initial Teacher Education Programme congratulates our 2016-2018 cohort who recently completed the programme. All 25 of the class also completed their Apple Teacher Certification for iPad & Mac. Best of luck in your teaching careers!
NL Partner INholland:Developing a learning community with the DEIMP-partnerschools
Jeroen Bottema and Marjan Faber of Inholland University of Applied Sciences presented the DEIMP-project at the Velon-conference for teacher educators in the Netherlands (March 18-19, Breda) with a special focus on the collaboration between five primary schools, and the researchers and teacher educators of the teacher education institute.
The aim of the collaboration is developing a learning community on the topic of innovative mobile pedagogies. This development is not always self-evident, certainly when it comes to involving students in research as part of their education. At the Velon-conference we discussed the development of a learning community of researchers, teachers, teacher educators and student-teachers, in the context of the DEIMP-project: what are barriers and succesfactors?
* How do the teachers of five Dutch schools implement mobile technologies for teaching and learning?
Jeroen Bottema of Inholland University of Applied Sciences presented the results of exploratory research into the pedagogic deployment mobile technology of the teachers of the five Dutch DEIMP-partnerschools at the Dutch/Flemish Educational Research Days on June 26-2s, organised by the Open University in Heerlen, The Netherlands.
The purpose of the exploratory research is to gain insight into the current pedagogic use of mobile technology by teachers at the schools, their wishes for future use and what support teachers experience and need. On the basis of this exploration, informed decisions can be made with regard to designing, implementing and evaluating the innovative pedagogical use of mobile technology in schools.
The results show that mobile technology is mainly used for adaptive learning materials for the core subjects of mathematics, language and spelling, linked to the current teaching method software with digital assignments. Teachers hardly use the pedagogic affordances of mobile technology, collaboration, personalization and authenticity, but they do see opportunities and wish to develop their teaching methods in this direction.
Teachers identify supporting factors: sufficient devices and a working infrastructure, more and better teaching materials, a clear vision of the school regarding the use of mobile technology, sufficient knowledge and skills of teachers, and informal exchange of knowledge between teachers.
Supporting factors: sufficient devices and a working infrastructure, more and better teaching materials, a clear vision of the school regarding the use of mobile technology, sufficient knowledge and skills of teachers, and informal exchange of knowledge between teachers.
On behalf of DEIMP project partner TELLConsultTon Koenraad was in Cracow (Poland) as invited speaker to the bi-annual PL-CALL Conference and contributed a workshop on mobile learning introducing the key outputs of the TABLIO and DEIMP projects.
Then in June 2019 TELLConsult contributed both a paper presentation and a DEIMP workshop as invited speaker to REDESIGN's final conference “The Implementation of Technology in Second/Foreign Language Learning: Past, Current and Future Ventures” at the University of Cyprus.
These and more related activities were also shared with TELLConsult’s network through its newsletter which can be downloaded here.
The DEIMP Output #1 result (the scoping study / systematic literature review), availabe since early 2019, has also resulted in the paper 'Investigating the use of innovative mobile pedagogies for school-aged students: A systematic literature review' published in the Computers & Education journal. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2019.04.008
(Alas no longer freely available for download)
DEIMP colleagues are guest editing a special issue of the journal TechTrends on mobile technology in teacher education. Currently in the final stages of production, this special issue features articles from the DEIMP Project as well as contributions following an open call to the global mobile learning and educational technology community.
DEIMP and MiTE colleagues at NUI Galway have a chapter appearing in a new book on Transforming Teacher Education Through Mobile Technologies, edited by Prof. Kevin Burden and Dr. Amanda Naylor, and published by Bloomsbury, London.
The chapter, 'Mobilising Teacher Education in Ireland: Infrastructuring the MiTE Ecosystem for Learning by Collaborative Design', outlines the shared impact of DEIMP and the MiTE Conference, alongside the Irish medium teacher education programme at NUI Galway, the MGO, on mobile learning innovation in Ireland and beyond.
NUI Galway and DEIMP colleagues will guest edit and publish a special issue of the International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning (IJMBL) on the topic: 'Innovation in Mobile Learning'. This special issue will feature articles from the EU DEIMP Project as well as international submissions from the wider mobile learning community.
Update on other DEIMP Output developments
DEIMP Online Course
We did a first pilot of our online course (MOOC) in February – April. A community of around 30 participants and 18 coaches worked together on creating innovative mobile learning scenarios. It was an enriching experience for both groups. Afterwards we evaluated the course by means of questionnaires for participants and coaches. Based on their feedback we are now working on a second version of the course, that will be launched in October 2019. The course will be open to all teachers who want to learn about innovative use of mobile technology. Keep an eye on our website and social media to find out how to subscribe for the course.
DEIMP Mobile Application
The DEIMP partners are working closely with mobile application developers, designers and educators at CARDET to publish the new version of the DEIMP Mobile Application. The DEIMP app will serve as a useful tool that will support educators and pre-service teachers in designing and evaluating creative and innovative learning episodes for their students. The project team uses a design-based research methodology to design and construct the app over three iterative cycles.
We will soon announce the publication of the DEIMP Mobile App for IOs and Android devices!
News from DEIMP's associate schoolnetwork
Delegates of the first pilot of DEIMP's MOOC also included members of most of the school teams participating in the DEIMP project. Invited to reflect on their experiences one of the teachers in the Dutch schoolnetwork, Katinka Koster (teacher primary education at De Triangel), also send in a report on the piloting of her design task result:
'Teacher outcome of the MOOC: innovative spelling practice'
The spelling achievements of my students were low. That's why I looked at how I could improve the spelling instruction. By using the Seesaw app, I gave four 30-minute spelling lessons in an innovative way by using the following steps:
1. In groups of 4 children, they used the Seesaw app to record a video in which they briefly explained what a spelling category (e.g. difference between s/z) meant and how to apply it. 2. After reviewing their own video, they took pictures of objects related to their chosen spelling category. 3. By sharing the video and the pictures, they could rate the videos and pictures of other student groups. 4. Each group looked again at the (improved) videos of the other groups and then wrote the right word with the right spelling rule under each picture. 5. The work was shared with parents.
My class has spent four lessons intensively working on various spelling categories. The involvement was very high. The children themselves also enjoyed being involved with spelling in this way. In a survey they indicated to have learned a lot from it, and to enjoy spelling much more in this way. In the assessment that followed I saw the achievements of the children improve! I will certainly use the app Seesaw more often in various courses.
Another (visual) contribution to this newsletter documents 2 moments of the first job-shadowing experience between an Irish and a Dutch primary network school.
Erasmus+ Exchange: teachers from Ireland teaching Dutch students
Professor Burden (UK) and Associate Professor Matthew Kearney (Australia) are due to run a half day workshop at the 15th International Conference on Mobile Learning in Delft on 16th September, 2019. The workshop will focus on innovation in mobile learning and will build on the work of the DEIMP project over the past two years. To find out more about the workshop andto register for it click here.
Join the project team at one of the upcoming FREE National Multiplier Events, e.g. Friday 16th August for Australian Project schools. Check out the related Events sectionon our website for dates in other project countries.
The next DEIMP transnational project Meeting will be hosted by INholland University of Applied sciences and will take place in The Hague on 26-27 September 2019.