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[presentation] German Language Training App for Primary School Children #tugraz #LearningAnalytics #edil18 #InnovateLearning

At this year ED-Media conference in Amsterdam we present our publication „German Language Training App for Primary School Children“ and describe our research about an iphone application to assist the IDeRblog-project. Here you can find the slides:

[presentation] German Language Training Apps for Primary School Children #tugraz

Alexander Schwaiger defended successfully his master thesis about an innovative app for the IdERblog project. Find here his slides:

[publication] 1×1 Trainer with Handwriting Recognition

Our publication about „1×1 Trainer with Handwriting Recognition“ got published in the International Journal of Interactive Mobile Technologies (iJIM). We described our successful app, which has been firstly announced already here.


Nowadays, computers and mobile devices play a huge role in our daily routines; they are used at work, for private purposes and even at school. Moreover, they are used as support for different kinds of activities and task, like for example, learning applications. The interaction of these applications with a computer is based on predefined input methods, whereas a touchscreen facilitates direct input via handwriting by using a finger or a pen. This paper deals with the invention of a mobile learning application, which is supposed to facilitate children’s learning of simple multiplication. The aim of this paper is to collect the data of children’ experiences using interactive handwriting on mobile devices. In order to gain this data, a school class of the school “Graz-Hirten” was tested and afterwards for evaluational purposes interviewed. The results of these usability tests have shown that children perceived handwriting via finger on screen as quite positive.

[Full text @ ResearchGate]

[Full text @ iJIM]

Reference: Rabko, M., Ebner, M. (2018) 1×1 Trainer with Handwriting Recognition. International Journal of Mobile Technologies (iJIM). 12/2. pp. 69-79. https://doi.org/10.3991/ijim.v12i2.7714

[app] 1×1 Trainer reward #app #mobileLearning #android

Nach zahlreichen iOS-Apps gibt es nun wieder eine neue Version des 1×1-Trainers für Android mit dem klingenden Namen „1×1 Trainer reward“. Durch ein paar Gamification-Elemente hoffen wir, dass Kinder Spaß am Lernen haben.

Mit dem 1×1 Trainer lernst du leicht das Einmaleins! Schalte Tier für Tier frei, indem du die Aufgaben löst.
Der 1×1 Trainer bringt Kinder spielerisch an das Einmaleins heran. Durch das Freischalten von neuen Tieren und Hintergründen wird Kindern eine Aufgabe gestellt, die Spaß am Lernen von Multiplikationen machen soll.
Es kann sowohl online als auch offline gespielt werden. Die Statistiken aller Herausforderungen können auch eingesehen werden, wodurch man sieht was noch fehlt um ein bestimmtes Tier freizuschalten.

[Link zur App]

[Link zum 1×1 Trainer]

[presentation] 1×1 Trainer mit Handschrifterkennung #tugraz #ios #research

Im Rahmen seiner Masterarbeit hat sich Michael mit der Handschrifterkennung beschäftigt und zwar für den 1×1-Trainer. Damit ist es nun möglich die Zahlen mit dem Finger/Stift einzugeben.

[Link zur App]

Hier die Folen seiner erfolgreichen Verteidigung der Masterarbeit:

[publication] Mobile Applications for Encyclopedias #AustriaForum #mobileLearning

Paul developed within his master thesis mobile applications for the Austria Forum. We summarized this work in a chapter about „Mobile Applications for Encyclopedias“ within the book „Mobile and Ubiquitous Learning. Perspectives on Rethinking and Reforming Education“.


In this research work a survey of tested mobile applications will be summarized, which were selected by a few defined prerequisites, and a brief overview is given of what is available in the corresponding stores. It will also be shown how the individual mobile applications for encyclopedias are presenting and providing information to users. This cover its visual representation and the manner in how information is retrieved. Additionally a new smart way will be introduced in which we can deal with information with a special focus to encyclopedias and mobile devices. The prototyped application carries out special features, which makes usage of mobile devices capabilities. The presented approach follows a slightly more aggressive way on how to bring information to users. For example it requires the permission of user and tells him/ her actively that there is an interesting piece of information close by his/ her location. Communication between the device and users is done using the notification system. To satisfy the needs of users a set of options will be presented so that they can customize time and number of notifications. Those settings shall also prevent the battery from draining to fast and give the user control about it. The outcome is a a prototype with a set of features which allows users to retrieve information based on their mood and their willingness of spending effort. If he/ she is eager to learn the application provides ways to support that. If he/ she just want some quick information there are ways to get it. And if he/ she wants a new way of information retrieval via mobile applications for encyclopedias the prototype offers the above mentioned possibility to do so

[Full article @ Springer]

[Draft @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Neuhold P., Ebner M., Maurer H. (2018) Mobile Applications for Encyclopedias. In: Yu S., Ally M., Tsinakos A. (eds) Mobile and Ubiquitous Learning. Perspectives on Rethinking and Reforming Education. Springer, Singapore. pp. 229-247 https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-981-10-6144-8_14

[app] IDeRBlog App für iOS #LearningAnalytics

Wir haben nun für unser IDeRBlog-Projekt ein iOS-App entwickelt, damit man nicht nur über das Webinterface sondern gleich direkt am iPad die Texte eintippen kann. Damit soll die User-Experience, vor allem also die Eingabe, nochmals deutlich verbessert werden.

Hallo, schön, dass Du dich für IDeRBlog interessierst. Um die App benutzen zu können, muss Dein Lehrer einen Account für Dich anlegen. Wenn Deine Schule noch nicht beim IDeRBlog Projekt mitmacht, kannst sich Dein Lehrer auf IDeRBlog.eu informieren.

[Link zur App im App Store]

Wir freuen uns auf alle Fälle über Rückmeldungen 🙂

[iphone, app] OER-License App for Picture #iOS #OER #tugraz #Android

Im Rahmen einer Projektarbeit ist die „LicenseApp“ für das Open Education Austria Projekt entstanden. Die Idee ist dabei relative simpel – Bilder die mit dem Mobiltelefon aufgenommen wurden, können schnell mit einer CC-Lizenz versehen werden als eine Art Wasserzeichen. Danach kann das Bild wieder abgespeichert werden und entsprechend geteilt. Die App ist als hybride App umgesetzt worden, steht daher sowohl für Android als auch iOS zu Verfügung

Mit dieser App kannst du ganz einfach deine Bilder mit einem Wasserzeichen in Form eines CreativeCommons-Lizenzlogos versehen und das entstandene Bild via Mail, Facebook, Twitter und Co. teilen.

  • Wähle aus den 7 verschiedenen CreativeCommons-Lizenzen
  • Füge deinen Namen zum Bild hinzu
  • Verändere Größe und Eigenschaften des Wasserzeichens

[Link to the App @ iTunes Store]

[Link to the Google Play Store]

[master] Implementation and Evaluation of a Virtual Reality Learning Game for Mathematics #tugraz

Christof did his masterthesis about „Implementation and Evaluation of a Virtual Reality Learning Game for Mathematics“ and he developed a game, which can also be downloaded at the Google Play Store. Here you can find the slides of his defense – great work 🙂

[publication] Game Based Learning Through Near Field Communication #NFC #research #tugraz

Our publication about „Game Based Learning Through Near Field Communication“ is now published in the book Game-Based Learning: Theory, Strategies and Performance Outcomes.


Near Field Communication (NFC) is a technology mainly known from the payment and ticketing sector. Due to its availability on smartphones NFC provides a far untapped potential for a variety of different applications. As part of researches regarding NFC and its usability in educational areas, the operational capability of NFC has been tested in the field of game based learning. The result was an Android-based quiz application (“NFCQuiz”) working in multiplayer mode, meaning that several players can exchange their answers through the use of NFC during the game. The application provides educators the possibility to store his/her own questions and answers on a tag. During the game one player reads the tag and can send the contained information to multiple players over Android Beam. The exchange of the given answers and the calculation of the leader board are in turn done over a NFC connection.
Such an application is expected to bring different benefits. Both, question generation and data exchange are handled over NFC. As a result no internet access is needed for participating in the game. Since the used tags are re-writable there are basically no limits in term of reuse. Another benefit resulting from the usage of tags is that parents/teachers can control the used questions and answers. A NFC-based game is also supposed to give players an additional interactive effect by holding the phones for synchronization, which in turn keeps the participants interested.
This research work gives an overview of the “NFCQuiz” application regarding its functionality and implementation. Moreover we discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the app with respect to similar games and the overall potential of NFC in the educational sector.

[Draft article @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Lamija, D., Ebner, M. (2017) Game Based Learning Through Near Field Communication. Game-Based Learning Theory, Strategies and Performance Outcomes. Youngkyun B. (ed.). Nova publisher. pp. 295-322