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[presentation] Designing a Makerspace for Children – Let’s Do It #makerdays #making #research

Thanks a lot to Maria who did the presentation about our contribution „Designing a Makerspace for Children – Let’s Do It“ at this year edurobotics conference in Rome. Here you can find the slides:

[publication] It’s in your pocket: A MOOC about programming for kids and the role of OER in teaching and learning contexts #imoox #mooc #tugraz

Our publication about „It’s in your pocket: A MOOC about programming for kids and the role of OER in teaching and learning contexts“ at this year Open Education Global Conference in Delft got published right now.


Programming is considered as an essential skill in the 21st century. Visual programming languages and age-appropriate development environments allow an easy entry into this field. Nevertheless, it is very challenging to bring those skills in a very short time frame to schools, to their teachers, and to school children themselves. Therefore, Graz University of Technology started a Massive Open Online Course named “Learning to code: Programming with Pocket Code” which is intended to teach coding skills to school children as well as teachers in a very fast, flexible and effective way. The learning content within the course is published under an open license to allow the reuse, modification and dissemination of the materials in different teaching and learning contexts. In this research work, we will present structure and concept of the MOOC. A special emphasis will be given on how the MOOC can be used in school and on the fact, that the content can be disseminated in a variety of ways.

[Link to article @ ResearchGate]

[Link to article @ Conference Proceeding Database]

Reference: Grandl, M., Ebner, M., Slany, W., Janisch, S. (2018) It’s in your pocket: A MOOC about programming for kids and the role of OER in teaching and learning contexts.In: Conference Proceeding Open Educational Global Conference 2018. p. 9. Delft, Netherlands

[imoox] Start: Learning to Code – Programming with Pocket Code #imoox #pocketcode

Pocket CodeWe are happy, because the first round in englisch language starts today. The MOOC „Learning to Code: Programming with Pocket Code“ is explicitly aimed at schoolchildren. But be aware that we do not want to train the whole world as computer scientists. On the contrary, we simply want people to understand how the world of tomorrow works, so that they can help shape the world of tomorrow. So register and join it for free.

There are many prejudices and fears about programming. With the help of Pocket Code, particularly children will gain initial experience with programming. A simple and visual user interface enables a playful implementation of your own ideas.

The course is designed for children and young people (age group 10-14 years) as well as teachers of all subjects. The main content includes creating your own games, interactive animations and apps with Pocket Code. At first, the structure and functionality of the app get presented. The participants learn how to use basic programming concepts such as conditionals, variables, events or parallelism. It is up to the children whether they take the course on their own or together with their parents.

[Link to the MOOC]

How can you join? Simply at any time, just register at iMOOX for free and go to the course page and join – have fun.

[presentation] It’s in your pocket: A MOOC about programming for kids and the role of OER in teaching and learning contexts #imoox #pocketcode #research

Our presentation about „It’s in your pocket: A MOOC about programming for kids and the role of OER in teaching and learning contexts“ for this year Open Education Global Conference in Delft, Netherland, is now online available. Maybe you are also interested in the MOOC or even you know some children who are, than just join us here for free. We would love to teach them coding 🙂 .

[Link to the PocketCode MOOC for children]

[publication] Learning Analytics and Spelling Acquisition in German – Proof of Concept #TEL #Iderblog

Our second publication at this year HCII 2017 conference was about „Learning Analytics and Spelling Acquisition in German – Proof of Concept“ and describes our IDeRBlog-project.

German orthography is known to be quite difficult to master, especially for primary-school pupils in writing texts [cf. 1]. In order to support children with the acquisition of German orthography, we are developing a web-based platform for German-speaking users based on learning analytics techniques. Our goal is to motivate pupils age 8 to 12 to improve their spelling abilities by writing texts and by the possibility to publish them. Concerning spelling in combination with learning analytics the system provides – in case of an orthographic mistake – a specific feedback that encourages pupils to think about the spelling and to correct it. Based on occurred mistakes the teachers and the students are provided with a qualitative analysis of the mistakes. This analysis shows the problematic orthographic areas and gives suggestions for online and offline exercises as well as online courses that are explaining the orthographic phenomena. The aim of this article is to describe the architecture of the web-based system and a proof of concept by evaluating 60 essays. Furthermore, relevant background information is given in order to gain a better understanding in the complex interdisciplinary development.

[Publication @ Springer]

[Draft @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Ebner M., Edtstadler K., Ebner M. (2017) Learning Analytics and Spelling Acquisition in German – Proof of Concept. In: Zaphiris P., Ioannou A. (eds) Learning and Collaboration Technologies. Technology in Education. LCT 2017. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 10296. pp. 257-268. Springer, Cham

[publication] Mobile Phones and Learning Perceptions of Austrian Students, aged 11 to 14 Years

Our publication about „Mobile Phones and Learning Perceptions of Austrian Students, aged 11 to 14 Years“ at this year ED-Media conference is now online available. The presentation slides have been published right here.


This article aims to report on the findings of a study of perception for using mobile phones for learning in Austria. Surveys were conducted to examine the ownership and usage of mobile phones of eight to 14 year old pupils. Findings indicate that gathered data show a lack of perceptions for benefits of mobile phones for learning. Issues based on the research in 2013 and 2014 are discussed with regard to demands and challenges for education. Using their own mobile phones for various learning activities could build a bridge between students‘ practice in everyday life and school learning, and developing indispensable 21 st century skills.

[Full publication @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Grimus, M. & Ebner, M. (2016). Mobile Phones and Learning – Perceptions of Austrian Students aged from 11 to 14 Years. In Proceedings of EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2016 (pp. 106-115). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

[publication] Programmieren für Kinder #imoox

Im Herbst startet eine neuer Online-Kurs „Learning to Code: Programmieren mit Pocket Code“ und man kann sich bereits jetzt dafür anmelden [Link zur Anmeldung]. In LA-Multimedia Magazin haben wir hierzu einen kleinen Artikel veröffenlticht.

Das „Maker Movement“ erlebt derzeit einen großen Aufschwung. Dies liegt einerseits am Aufkommen von FabLabs, Makerspaces und andererseits an immer günstiger werdender Hardware und zunehmender Digitalität innerhalb der Gesellschaft:
Do It Yourself – einfach Machen lautet die Devise.

[Artikel bei ResearchGate]

Zitation: Janisch, S., Slany, W., Ebner, M. (2016) Programmieren für Kinder. L.A. Multimedia 2016 (2). S. 40-41

[presentation] Mobile Phones and Learning Perceptions of Austrian Students, aged 11 to 14 Years #edmediaconf #tugraz

Our presentation at this year ED-Media Conference in Vancouver about „Mobile Phones and Learning – Perceptions of Austrian Students, aged 11 to 14 Years“ is now online available. Here are the slides:

[making] Die ersten Häppchen des Making-Handbuchs gehen online – im Praxisblog Medienpädagogik #maker

Teilnehmer/innen des kostenlosen Online-Kurses werden die Projektbeschreibungen bekannt vorkommen. Zusammen mit Sandra Schön und Kristin Narr haben wir die Beschreibungen von Projekten zu Making-Aktivitäten mit Kindern und Jugendlichen noch ergänzt – und herauskommt nun am 1.3.2016 das frei lizenzierte Handbuch zum Making mit Kindern und Jugendlichen (online/print). Und peu à peu gibt’s die Beiträge ab sofort im Praxisblog Medienpädagogik, später auch bei „Medien in die Schule“ vom fsm e.V. – als html, damit das Copy/Paste auch leicht fällt. Viel Spaß mit dem ersten Beitrag!

Schon jetzt vielen lieben Dank an all die Making-Enthusiasten, OER-Unterstützer/innen und beteiligten Einrichtungen für das kreative, unbürokratische und kooperative Miteinander!


Heute starten die Makerdays for Kids #makerdays

Heute um 10.30 öffnet die offene digitale Werkstatt für Jugendliche zwischen 10 und 14 Jahren, die „Maker Days for Kids“ im Haus der Jugend von Bad Reichenhall die Türen. Im Vorfeld hat auch die österreichische Presseagentur APA bereits einen tollen Artikel dazu veröffentlicht!

(C) APA - Source: https://science.apa.at/rubrik/natur_und_technik/Maker-Werkstatt_fuer_Kinder_soll_Lust_auf_MINT_machen/SCI_20150403_SCI39391351422988428

(C) APA – Source: https://science.apa.at/rubrik/natur_und_technik/Maker-Werkstatt_fuer_Kinder_soll_Lust_auf_MINT_machen/SCI_20150403_SCI39391351422988428

Wir sind alle gespannt, wie die erste offene digitale Werkstatt im deutschsprachigen Raum ankommt. Berichte wird es auf der Homepage geben, auch werden wir über Twitter (Hashtag = #makerdays) live berichten, sofern es unsere Zeit zulässt 🙂