Entries in future (5)


Learners Y Factor - London - 2011

Hosted as part of the LWF Festival's Sunday Service the Learners Y Factor is a showcase of young UK talent using affordable technologies from mobile to video games and social media to improve their learning and develop skills that prepares them for a successful future.


The Digital Orchestra is a multimedia, interactive, performance. Pupils, teachers from local schools along with dance and performance specialists and artists and technology consultants from Wandsworth City Learning Centre have collaborated to create a series of unique multimedia performances based on a range of curriculum themes. Participants use various touch devices as part of their performance to create a "live" media scape environment within which additional performers and audience members interact.

The performances utilise video, music, lighting and other stage effects controlled by various touch controllers and interfaces. The performances feature a mixture of dancers, musicians, technicians and audience participation. The basis of the project are the touch controllers? i.e. iPad, iPhone, iTouch and Android phones as well as a cluster of computers running each area such as the video, music and lighting. The pupils have designed the touch interfaces as well as creating the media to trigger both the musical and visual elements. Each controller is deployed to a specific task decided by the students. The students have designed specific controller graphic user interfaces (GUI?s) to their taste in the preparatory sessions as well as creating the musical and video elements as well as choreographing and directing the movement.



Since September 2010, 19 girls between 13-18 years have been working hard to come up with problems they want to see solved through mobile apps in their communities. In teams of 2-5 they have been working through critical thinking, market research, design, technical feasibility, UI design and business models to make it happen. Apps for Good is a program by education charity CDI Europe that is delivered in partnership with Central Foundation Girls School in Tower Hamlets.



We are a group of students who love games based learning but want to help younger students solve problems and their anxiety of the transition from primary to secondary school through the enjoyment of playing games. We without doubt as a group and our project have the Y Factor.

We are currently designing a game that will be played on the Xbox and on PC's, we are using the free Microsoft game making tool XNA to create a video game that younger students in our community can play to learn more about our school so that when they chose to attend this secondary school they are less anxious about moving from their smaller primary school. We have currently programmed the platform of the game, the layout of the school and all images and the next phase of our development is the construction of the content and the game play.



Robot Club began as an after-school club organised for children in Years 3-6 at Loughton School, a junior school in Milton Keynes. One of the school governors, an expert in robotics, set up the club, which met after school once a week. The club was very successful and, in 2008, sent a Year Six team to China to participate in the world RoboCup Finals.

This Y Factor entry is from a group of four children who left Loughton School and moved up to secondary school this year. They were inspired to keep working on building and developing robots. The Robot Club meet at each other's houses and have built a variety of robots inspired by constructions they have found on the Internet and viewed on YouTube.



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In November 2010 representatives from three London schools visited the Creativity World Forum in Oklahoma to collaborate with their American peers on creating a Pop Up School.

We hoped to demonstrate the ability of young learners to disrupt traditional notions of what a school could be. Rather than a bricks and mortar establishment, we set about generating social capital online in the months prior to the conference through a variety of social networks and blogs. We conceived and planned our Pop Up School collaboratively. We held Skype conference calls to get to know each other better. We created a website to host our investigations at the conference and we made a presentation to 1500 delegates about how learning is changing.



We are class 6 from St Mary's RC Primary School in Stoke on Trent and we are looking at the Anglo-Saxons because we have the famous Staffordshire Hoard that we can go and visit in our Museum.

We are using Augmented Reality with a program called Second Sight and Sony PSPs. We have been creating media to put on the PSPs so that when the cameras see a semacode (which is a bit like a crossword) the things we have chosen will be triggered on the PSP and then people will get extra information. This lets us provide extra facts about the pieces of treasure in the hoard, making the hoard more exciting!


Q&A with Jimmy Wales & Lord Puttnam, closing session LWF11

A unique audience question and answer session to bring the London 2011 LWF Festival to a close with Lord David Puttnam and Jimmy Wales discussing learning and technology.

Facilitated by Learning Without Frontiers founder, Graham Brown-Martin


Lord David Puttnam, LWF Talk, London 2011

Embracing disruption for a better learning future

Lord David Puttnam of Queensgate spent thirty years as an independent film producer with many award winning films including Chariots of Fire, Bugsy Malone, Midnight Express and the Memphis Belle. Retiring from film production in 1998 he has focused his work in education and the environment.

In this inspiring talk Lord Puttnam discusses the future of the creative and digital industries, the importance of ensuring  our learners are equipped for this future and makes a call to action for a positive new disruption that leads to radically improved learning and global access.


Stephen Heppell, LWF Talk, London 2011

The purpose of learning, the challenges of the future

Stephen Heppell is a globally renowned learning consultant and visionary. In this talk he reminds us of why we learn, the purpose, objective and how we may leverage the abundant technologies of the 21st century to drive positive improvements and new practice across the whole of society.


Keri Facer, MMU, LWF Talk, London 2011

Beyond the horizon for learning

Keri Facer is Professor of Education at the Education and Social Research Institute and the Manchester Metropolitan University where she specialises in digital cultures, social justice and radical educational change. In her talk she discusses where she believes education maybe heading and the challenges it faces to meet the future needs of its learners.

Formerly Research Director at Futurelab, Keri led the Beyond Current Horizons Programme for the UK government looking at long term socio-technical change and its implications for education. Keri’s new book 'Learning Futures: Education, technology and social change' will be published in March 2011. She is now working on co-operative education models and digital technologies with a view to rethinking the economic model underlying education.