Category Archives: RESULTS

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

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

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

Block Magic evaluation during the TRANSIt summer school 2013

A workshop on Block Magic was organised within the international summer school TRANSIT ( Comenius – Grundtvig Reference Number : GR-2013-233-001) that focused on transversal key competences for lifelong learning. The summer school took place in Crete (Greece) from June 30 to July 5, 2013. It was attended by 17 in-service teachers from six EU countries (Austria, Greece, Ireland, Netherlands, Romania and Spain). They participated in the Block Magic hands-on sessions as a best example of technology enhanced manipulatives that

In Barcelona 45 children participated in the Block Magic Summative Evaluation

University of Barcelona has finalized the Block Magic classroom implementation, as part of the Summative Evaluation stage. In total, 45 children from a primary school in Barcelona played in individual and group manner the Block Magic exercises. Each child participated in four distinct sessions in different days. The researchers’ visit allowed to collect evidence of the childres and teachers’ motivation. Furthermore, the UB team was able to observe the independent and collaborative learning. The school staff (four teachers and the school

Large scale Block Magic trials in Greece

In Greece, 212 children with no special needs from the Kindergarten and Primary School of Ellinogermaniki Agogi tested Block Magic Kit on May 2013. The testing was performed in regular classes, because children felt comfortable as they are used to perform all their tasks in their classes. Block Magic equipment and laptops were placed in their desks. The teachers assisted and guided the children to resolve Block Magic activities. The children executed Block Magic learning activities both as individual and social game scenarios and were

November 1, 2012: The new Block Magic prototype available for download

The new prototype of the Block Magic system was released on November 1, 2012. The new software contains four types of learning activities: Treasure Hunt, Missing a Piece, Logic Train and Group Selection exercises. The user can select between the six languages supported by this release – Catalan, English, German, Greek, Italian, and Spanish. The software and its educational exercises can be used with or without the Block Magic suitcase. To test it without the physical logic blocks and the

May 2012, The first Block Magic prototype is ready for testing

The first prototype of the Magic Blocks has been finalized during May 2012 and all partners have received a suitcase ready for testing. With this, Block Magic consortium is ready to start the first evaluation phase. The Block Magic teaching kit consists of a set of magic blocks and a magic wand.  In a typical scenario, the class is divided into groups and provided with a suitcase of magic blocks and a magic wand. The teacher sets a task (e.g. order