‘Objects-to-think-with’ in a Climate Emergency

Papert (1980) created Logo where the computer served as an ‘object-to-think-with’. The basis of this latest work is to explore constructionism in parallel with computational thinking, specifically when children and adults interact with the internet of things. The physical computing device becomes a contemporary ‘object-to-think-with’ and a platform for everyone to further understand connected technologies…

Student slam at the UKLA 55th International Conference

Literacy and Play for All: Improvisation, possibility and imagination I was delighted to contribute to the postgraduate research student slam at UKLA 2019, giving an opportunity to communicate ideas at this early stage of my EdD and experiment with the use of imagery. Learnt so much from peers and the conference workshop programme, with highlights…

The power of imagery to communicate research

Painting a picture worth a thousand words? With what can be thought of as a paradox between physical computing and well-being, it's been important for me to translate initial research questions with the use of imagery. Now with help from the fantastic Buttercrumble team, linking further well-being themes, I'll be using selected artwork created to…

Shining a light on digital talent

The professional nature of my EdD gives an opportunity to reflect on learning theory with planning for FDC maker education programmes and collaborations with teachers in schools. This semester in particular has made me think a lot about what education and curriculum means to different stakeholders, as I've completed a study centred on the philosophical…

Unlocking creative motivations with #The100DayProject

I've signed up to join the brilliant online art project that is #The100DayProject at a time when I know I'll be 'thinking about thinking' and learning experiences most days. Starting on 2nd April, I'll be using creativity to link together the different strands of EdD activities and projects with FDC. This semester has seen me…

An axiological perspective of ‘Walking in the Air’

I reckon there's nothing better than walking the 4 or so miles to university campus on seminar and research days . The time helps me to focus on the next iteration of questioning and I know how much it contributes to my own health and wellbeing. I've got a stack of data to back that…

This Girl Codes: A new ‘Love’s Welcome for Bolsover’ through data science.

Women in Science Day 2019: A perfect time for Junction Arts to share updates about the This Girl Codes education programme in rural Derbyshire. Exploring cultural heritage through creative challenges, its aim over the two academic years was to empower women and girls through art, science and technology. The sessions were open to all abilities…

Cisco thingQbator Manchester

Exciting news for 2019: thingQbator Manchester is to delivered by The Foundation for Digital Creativity at Manchester Met University. It’s the first European university in a worldwide network of IoT (internet of things) innovation spaces funded by Cisco, and launches with a workshop programme on Wednesday 20th February. To find out more: ‘Cisco thingQbator‘ is a network of makerspaces in partner Universities…