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Making, Thinking and Learning in the Digital Age

Day/Session Time Room Content

Registration from 12 noon in the Computer Science Atrium

Lunch 12.30


Principles and Practices

Thursday 1


13.30 - 14.00 CS104

Welcome and Introduction (Mike Joy, Meurig Beynon, Steve Russ and the CONSTRUIT! Team)

Thursday 2


14.00 - 14.50 CS104
Matti Tedre (UEF)
Many Paths to Computational Thinking

Abstract | Biography

Tea Break

Thursday 3


15.15 - 17.25 CS104
Programming and Making Construals

Construals for computational reasoning (Errol Thompson)

Hangman in Python (Duncan Maidens)

In honour of Seymour Papert : "Empirical Modelling" of Logo in Forth (Hans-Joachim Petsche)

Program traces as things-to-think-with (Andrew Kay)

Which way to assess computational thinking? (Andrew Csizmadia, Helen Boulton and Gren Ireson)

An Intended Use Makes Programming Hard (Nick Pope)

Thursday 4


17.30 - 18.15 CS104
Richard Cartwright (CTO and Founder, StreamPunk Media Ltd)
The modern software development process is making construals?

Abstract | Biography



Open Educational Resources

Teachers' Day

Friday 1


09.00 - 10.00 CS104

Introduction (Steve Russ)

Daniel K. Schneider (TECFA, University of Geneva)
Making for Teachers: a New Chance for Simple Physical Learning Objects

Abstract | Biography

Coffee Break

Friday 2


10.20 - 12.45






Introducing the CONSTRUIT 2017 laboratory (The CONSTRUIT team)

Workshop Round Robin A

Computer Aided Design and 3D Printing (Diane Burton & Margaret Low, WMG / Warwick)

SHIVA: Virtual sculpting and 3D printing for SEN children (Oleg Fryazinov, NCCA / Bournemouth)

Art of Programming: Turning Human Solutions into Program Solutions (Dave White, UCL)

Introducing the Environment for Making Construals (The CONSTRUIT team)

Lunch Break

Friday 3


13.45 - 15.10




Workshop Round Robin B

Making construals as part of digital handcrafts at secondary schools: the eCraft2Learn project (Ilkka Jormanainen & Tapani Toivonen, UEF, Finland)

An Internal Combustion Engine construal (Nick Pope & Steve Russ)

Making Music with JS-EDEN (Elizabeth Hudnott & Jonny Foss)

Tea Break

Friday 4


15.40 - 17.00 CS104
Making and Teaching

How to Improve Your Students' Results with Maker Spaces (Dave Catlin, Valiant Technology)

Supporting the transition from block to text based programming languages (Andrew Csizmadia and Mark Dorling)

Interactive Historical Map (Angeliki Theodosi)

Piloting the JS-Eden environment for “making construals” with Greek teachers (Rene Alimisi, Emmanouil Zoulias and Dimitris Alimisis)

Friday 5


17.00 - 18.00 CS104
Richard Windle, Mike Taylor (The HELM Team, Nottingham)
Synergies between Construals and open educational resources in health
Abstract | Biography


Broader Educational Context ... in parallel with ... The CONSTRUIT 2017 Laboratory*

Saturday 1


09.00 - 10.15 CS104

Learning Empirical Modelling: Computational Thinking or Constructionism? (Antony Harfield)

Charles Crook (LSRI, Nottingham)
On making a video lecture – and other digital expositions
Abstract | Biography
Coffee Break

Saturday 2


10.45 - 12.00 CS104
Mathematics and Music

Graphical / textual translation in algebra (Anders Kluge and Ellef Fange Gjellestad)

Construing and building resilience: a case study of the use of Grid Algebra (Sue Johnston-Wilder)

Learning to play musical instruments through construal of the Artiphon, a digital musical instrument (Jonny Foss)

Lunch Break

Saturday 3


13.00 - 15.00 CS104
Humanities Computing
Willard McCarty (KCL)
Construing with the Machine

Abstract | Biography

Thinking with Things Made of Metal: A Case Study in Natural Knowledge Construction (John Laudun, Louisiana University)

Artcasting as a thing-to-think-with: inventive digital education methods (Jen Ross and Hamish Macleod)

What happens when Creative Technologists bring a Researcher into their team? (Sarah Eagle)

Tea Break

Saturday 4


15.30 - 17.10 CS104
Piet Kommers (Helix5) and Hamish Macleod (University of Edinburgh)
Playfulness as Genre in Constructivist Learning

Designing toys for teaching about systems (Hamish Todd)

Transmedia Digital Storytelling - Let's build our story! (Vanda Sousa)

Towards Distant Reading of Translations: Chasing the Sound Wave of Repetitions across Languages in Resistance to the Flat Logic of Text Analysis (Gabriele Salciute Civiliene)

Saturday 5


17.15 - 18.00 CS104
Frank James (Royal Institution and UCL)
Construing Humphry Davy

Abstract | Biography


*The 'Broader Educational Context' programme for Saturday July 16th will run in parallel with a range of 'CONSTRUIT 2017 Laboratory' activities to be organised in the laboratories bordering the Computer Science Atrium. These activities will be oriented towards illustrating and exploring the potential of 'making construals' as a way of developing open educational resources in relation to other approaches. They will include workshops for schoolteachers and pupils, demonstrations of things-to-think-with and construals contributed by delegates and members of the CONSTRUIT! project team, discussions of specalist topics led by project team members and opportunities for open-ended informal interactions with the project team. The resources to be used in CONSTRUIT 2017 Laboratory activities will draw on the contributions listed in the table below, on additional resources proposed by delegates before or during the conference and on other resources identified in the Topic Groups construal that is to be further developed as appropriate in the coming weeks. The nature and scheduling of the CONSTRUIT 2017 Laboratory activities will be set out in broad terms in advance of the conference but will always retain some flexibility to take account of the interests of delegates as they emerge.

The CONSTRUIT 2017 Laboratory

OERs, exhibits, posters, and construals


Workshops for schoolteachers and pupils (Russell Boyatt & Chris Hall)

To be given at 10.15-12.00, 13.15-15.00, 15.45-17.30: see further information on schedule, topics and registration


Splinter group discussions on selected topics: see the The Topic Groups construal

These sessions willl feature short informal presentations and demos to be organised to promote discussion.

Programs and Construals (10.45 - 12.00)

Comparing the process of creating and using little interactive things-to-think-with (Peter Tomcsanyi & Michal Winczer)

Digital Reality, Design and 3D printing (13.00 - 15.00)

Digital Sculpting: Modelling, Animation and 3D Printing (Valery Adzhiev)

Learning in Digital Reality Environments – Benefits of Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality (Devon Allcoat, Freeha Azmat & Kim Stansfield)

Educational Robotics (15.30 - 17.10)

How to Engage Students by Making Robot Movies (Dave Catlin)

Other resources contributed by delegates for demonstration and discussion:
A digital portrait of Seymour Papert (Tim Smithers)
Experimenting on Regular Polygons in Primary School through programming (Angeliki Theodosi)
Implementation of a trigonometric circle construal combined with physical computing (Emmanouil Zoulias, Rene Alimisi and Dimitris Alimisis)
Representing Digit by Digit Algorithms (Ellef Fange Gjelstad)
The 'oscilloscope' construal (Eemil Tarnanen)
Riga Schools Making, Thinking and Learning in the Digital Age (Lasma Lancmane & Lolita Meza)
Dancing Roamers (Dave Catlin)


Looking to the Future

Sunday 1


09.00 - 11.00 CS104

Review and Prospects

Future directions: making construals to evaluate and inform government policy (Karl King)

Brexit EM Construal (Soha Maad)

Tree-based Neural Network for Educational Data Mining and Cluster Analysis: Construit Approach (Tapani Toivonen, Ilkka Jormanainen and Markku Tukianen)

Web-Based Knowledge Sharing Adoption Among Academics in Saudi Arabian Higher Education Institutions (Nouf Almujally & Mike Joy)

Coffee Break

Sunday 2


11.30 - 13.00 CS104
Closing session


Group Photo

Further information about the provisional programme

There will be three kinds of contribution:

A: Presentations including invited keynotes and contributed talks of 20 minutes with additional time where appropriate for discussion and demonstration

B: Workshops, where practical activities for smaller subgroups will be organised on a round-robin basis

C: OERs, exhibits, posters, and construals to be displayed, demonstrated and informally discussed in the context of The CONSTRUIT 2017 Laboratory

The audience for the conference will have the CONSTRUIT! project team as its core. This team is a blend of practical educators with experience of working with schools, pedagogists with and without computing expertise with interests in online learning and educational theories, experts in educational technology and specialists in all aspects of 'making construals'. The rest of the target audience will be primarily people engaged in education in a practical way, where the emphasis is on teaching and learning rather than research: they will comprise school teachers and pupils, educational consultants, academic technologists, HE students, some PG students in education as well as the more research focused people with specialisms in learning and technology.

There will be some differentiation in the kind of audience day-by-day. Broadly, Thursday will focus on computational thinking and principles and practices for making things-to-think-with; Friday will be a schools-facing day targeted at school teachers (and potentially pupils) as well as those involved as consultants and enablers for school education, where OERs is a central theme; Saturday will be concerned with the broader educational context, and so be more focused on the bigger picture -- logistic, psychological, political and social aspects of learning. The Saturday sessions will run in parallel with practical laboratory style sessions and discussions devoted to illustrating, comparing and exploring the role of making construals in relation to other ways of making, thinking and learning. Sunday, which will be part of the project team final Transnational Project Meeting, will assess the future prospects for making construals in education.