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Almost 100 participants at the Block Magic Final Conference: a successful closing event for an exciting project

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The final Block Magic conference was organised by the consortium as a final closing event on November 30, 2013 in the Università Pontificia Salesiana in Rome. The event was attended by almost 100 participants, mainly from Italy. The welcoming speech was given by Prof. Zbigneiw Formella, Director of the Psychology Institute of the Università Pontificia Salesiana. The sessions were moderated by Prof. Carlo Ricci, Professor of Psychology of disability and rehabilitation in the hosting university. From the Block Magic consortium presentations

The fifth Block Magic consortium meeting: preparing for successful project end

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The fifth and final Block Magic consortium meeting took place in Rome, in the premises of the coordinator’s institution (ISTC-CNR). All project partners were present and took part of a very productive session. The overview of the project work was done by Raffaele di Fuccio, who reviewed the project status, including deliverables and final works to be done after the end of the project. These include project final reporting, both in terms of scientific work and financial information. Furthermore, the latest

Seminar “Smart Objects Technology and school learning” held in Ancona


 Seminar “Smart Objects Technology and school learning” Speakers: O. Miglino – M.M. Coppa  The Seminar, held at the Polytechnic University of Marche of Ancona, showed some applications developed with STELT (Technologies to Enhance Learning and Teaching), a platform that enables the creation of environments IOT based on NFC and RFID-systems Artificial Adaptive Tutoring. In particular, you have been shown and discussed: a) Block-Magic, a technologically improved version with some teaching material (Blocks Logic and Set) currently used in kindergarten and

Hands-on workshop with Block Magic for Spanish pre-service teachers

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  A Block Magic workshop for pre-service teachers was organised by the project members from the University of Barcelona on November 14. 2013. The 24 participants were given a short presentation about the project in general, the development of the various prototypes and the different cycles of evaluation. The participants tried out the newest release of Block Magic in groups of 4-5 people. They used the system first as students playing the various exercises. They were asked to discuss what competences each

Second cycle of Block Magic trials in the Greek primary school


A second implementation of Block Magic was realized on October-November 2013 in which 178 students with no special needs from Primary School executed Block Magic learning activities. Among them, there was a group of children that the year before attended Kindergarten and had tested Block Magic learning activities in lower level of difficulty during the first implementation. The researchers were allowed to observe the differences in students’ performance as the first implementation took place at the beginning of the school

Presentation of Magic Block at the workshop ““Early intervention programs AVA-VB in autism spectrum disorders supported by assistive technology”


Magic Block project and its results were presented at the workshop n. 69 “Early intervention programs AVA-VB in autism spectrum disorders supported by assistive technology” during the Inside the workshop M.M. Coppa (LDFO) has presented the Block Magic Project and the results. In particular, he showed the studies of applications of Smart Objects Technology with one case of the Rehabilitation Centre of the Lega del Filo d’Oro involved in the program of activities of the project Block Magic. During the

Block Magic was present at the Smart EDUcation & TECHnology days in Naples


The 10th October 2013, in the framework of Smart EDUcation &TECHnology days (in Italian “3 giorni per la scuola”) in thebuildings of Città della Scienza in Naples, Orazio Miglino and Raffaele Di Fuccio presented BlockMagic. The workshop was called “How some traditional psyco-pedagogical technics could be enhanced using the Smart Technologies: the Block Magic project” and the BlockMagic team noted interests in the kit. An important number of participants after the workshop asked more information about the device and future opportunities.   Tweet

Block Magic was presented to 70 people at the University of Dresden


The 21th October 2013 Professor Wolfgang Donsbach and Anna Brüsehaber presented the Block Magic project in Dresden in the Technical University of Dresden. The BlockMagic Partner involved doctors, professors and students of different faculties, e.g. educational technologies, media education, science of educations or lectureship, in order to discuss about the contents, achievements and potentialities of the project. The total number of the attendances were about 70, and at the end of the speeches they had the chance to ask questions

In October 2013, teachers tested and evaluated Block Magic in Greece


Block Magic was presented by Dimitra Dimitrakopoulou in two workshops that took place in Ellinogermaniki Agogi School in Greece on October 2013. The participants were educators who teach in Kindergarten and Primary school and they are interested in incorporating Block Magic in their teaching methods. Teachers tested Block Magic with view to familiarize themselves with its technology and methodology. The objectives, the pedagogical framework and the possibilities of the educational tool were discussed and at the end of the workshops

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