Writing Camp 8-10.8.2017

The Textmöten project group is currently working on a proposal for a special issue together with our colleagues Christina Olin-Scheller and Marie Tanner from Uppkopplade klassrum in Karlstad, and Oystein Gilje and Fredrik Rusk from Norway. The papers for this special issue proposal were presented during NERA in Copenhagen earlier this year and now almost all of us had the opportunity to meet in Björköby, Korsholm, Finland for a writing camp!

During this camp we stayed at Kvarkens värdshus, far away from the civilization but with the beautiful Kvarken World Heritage Site around the corner. For those of us who were the only author present for our paper, this camp made it possible for us to focus on writing our papers with an informed colleague to consult only a few steps away! And those who us who were writing together had the time to discuss and plan their paper in a way that is tricky when you are living in different countries.

Apart from working, we also found the time to eat together, go for walks, freshen up in the sauna and enjoy freshly baked buns! After two intense yet very rewarding days together, all of us left feeling a little tired but with a smile on our face.

Matilda

Doctoral student, Textmöten

NERA 2017

Several of the researchers connected to Textmöten research project attended the nordic educational conference NERA in Copenhagen, Denmark. As part of the conference we arranged a symposia with two sessions called “Smartphones and laptops in classrooms: reading, writing and talking in rapidly changing educational spaces”. We invited several researchers to present their perspective on the use of mobile phones in the classroom.

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The first presentation was Antti Paakkari, doctoral student in the Textmöten research project. His presentation, “Tracing movements in the enhanced classroom space. Students’ smartphone use during lessons”, raise an interesting perspective on the relationship between online and offline spaces.

Fritjof Salhström and Verneri Valasmo from the Textmöten research project gave a presentation together with Marie Tanner from the Uppkopplade klassrum research project at Karlstad university. Their presentation focused on “Some interactional consequences of smartphone use during plenary teaching”.

I was the one giving the third presentation with the title “Exploring competencies through interaction with images in social media”, based on visual material from the Textmöten data.


Oystein Gilje, associate professor at the University of Oslo, was giving the fourth presentation and thereby providing the discussion with a Norwegian perspective. The title of his presentation was “Smartphones and laptops as boundary objects in lower secondary classrooms”.

The fifth presenter was Fredrik Rusk, associate professor at Nord University, and the topic of his presentation was “Mobile phones as a resource for co-constructing multilingual identities in monolingually oriented classrooms”. He is planning to write an article based on the Textmöten data on this topic due to his earlier collaboration with the researchers from both research projects.

The final presentation was another joined presentation between the Textmöten research project and the Uppkopplade klassrum research project. This time it was Anna Slotte together with Christina Olin-Scheller and Marie Tanner with the topic “A paperless class- room? Changing literacy practices due to the digitization of Swedish and Finnish up- per secondary schools”.

The discussion during the symposia was fruitful and we can now better position our research in a nordic educational context. Thank you NERA and Aalborg University Copenhagen for having us and arranging a great conference. We wish to thank all our presenters for contributing to a rewarding symposia and we look forward to future forms of collaboration!

Matilda
Doctoral student in the Textmöten research project

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Game based learning in Scotland

A couple of weeks ago, I attended ECGBL 2016 in Paisley, Scottland. The Educational Conference on Game Based Learning or ECGBL, was hosted by ACPI and the University of the West of Scotland, UWS.

Although my research has a focus on game based learning, I am also interested in virtual learning environments in general. In my doctoral thesis I intend to combine theories from game based learning and the data collected by Textmöten. I represented therefore the project during the ECGBL conference with around 200 attendees, including game developers as well as educators. I presented a poster together with my supervisor Hannah Kaihovirta from Åbo Akademi University, and we got a lot of constructive feedback. The conference offered educators interested in games and game developers with an educational interest an opportunity to meet and make new contacts.

I learned a lot during this conference and networked with fascinating people, so I am very happy that Textmöten gave me the opportunity to take part in this conference!

Matilda Ståhl
Doctoral student and research assistant in the Textmöten research project