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The Learning from Starlight project: experencing mobile technologies to improve education and outreach of Astrophysics Serena Pastore INAF (National Institute.

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1 The Learning from Starlight project: experencing mobile technologies to improve education and outreach of Astrophysics Serena Pastore INAF (National Institute of Astrophysics) – Padova – ITALY

2 m-ICTE20059th June 05, Caceres, Spain2 Could wireless tecnologies and mobile devices improve learning and teaching of Astrophysics as a science based on observations? The Project and its goals 1.HP granted to INAF a package of mobile equipment suitable for building an e-class 2. INAF (the Astronomical Observatory of Padova) has experienced mobile tecnology involving three classrooms of three different stages in Italian education A more strict integration between research and educational environments

3 m-ICTE20059th June 05, Caceres, Spain3 Students and teachers package WLAN and e-class package Hardware equipment -iPAQ Pocket PC (Wi-Fi/Bluetooth) with 256 MB memory (26); - HP Tablet Docking Station with DVD/CDRW (14+2); -HP Tablet PC (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Ethernet) – 26+2; -HP Access Point (4); -HP Officejet 6100 (2); -HP Digital projectors (2);

4 m-ICTE20059th June 05, Caceres, Spain4 Scuola Elementare Tempesta Bologna Primary school; 8-years-old pupils Didactic design by: Angela Turricchia of Planetario – Settore Istruzione Comune di Bologna and Maria Antonietta Carrozza of Liceo Scientifico Fracastoro Verona Involved School and primary goal Scuola Media Pepoli Bologna secondary school; 13- years-old pupils Liceo Scientifico Fracastoro – Verona – high school; 18-years-old students Students of each class should attend an astronomy course about the observation and analysis of astrophysical phenomena divided into two phases (in classroom and research institute context)

5 m-ICTE20059th June 05, Caceres, Spain5 Mobile learning (m-learning) as tecnology supported learning: any educational provision where the dominant tecnologies are heldheld devices (including mobile phones, PDAs, tablets and and wireless devices) The Mobile learning paradigm Deployment of a wireless network infrastructure for the delivery of programmed activities m-learning e-learning tablets laptop PDA smartphone PC Mobile devices and wireless connectivity enables teachers and students in learning-related activities in several physical locations enhancing the sharing of multimedia content

6 m-ICTE20059th June 05, Caceres, Spain6 - Digitized contents in several formats (text, animation, slides, web pages, presentation, on-line quizzes and so on) to be provided both in classroom context and outside (for example at home); - each student had to partecipate in individual and group based activities sharing her/his work with others; - teacher could assist and should monitor them; - all actors should be able to read and write contents of all the types General requirements and constraints On the other hand: - Locations without avaibility of internet connection; - Preferably use of open source software (for example instead of the well-known Microsoft Office);

7 m-ICTE20059th June 05, Caceres, Spain7 Classroom context: use of palms and tablets in an intranet network to follow the astronomical course INAF-Padova context: a full day with astronomers. Use of palms and tablets wireless connected to the institute network and to Internet to follow a specific module of the course Final module until the end of the school 7 th January – 18 th April 2005 31 th March 2005 28 th April 2005 29 th April 2005 29 th April – 10 th June 05 Project phases

8 m-ICTE20059th June 05, Caceres, Spain8 Use of an ad-hoc wireless network of tablets and iPAQs to realize an information system implementing an hybrid Peer-to-Peer architecture Course module: how to discover the difference between a luminous and not-luminous celestial body with the observation of its physical parameters Classroom context (intranet)

9 m-ICTE20059th June 05, Caceres, Spain9 - wireless ad-hoc network using Wi-Fi connection (using Windows XP operating system network functionalities); - Client-server architecture between teachers tablet (equipped with web server) and students devices -Peer-to-peer system between students palms and tablets in order to exchange multimedia content The intranet wireless LAN for each classroom

10 m-ICTE20059th June 05, Caceres, Spain10 INAF-Padova context (internet) W-LAN integrated with INAF wired infrastructure to allow internet connection and a more wide wireless range Course module: Mars – how to know and classify this celestial body of our solar system

11 m-ICTE20059th June 05, Caceres, Spain11 - W-LAN integrated into the institute wireless LAN (same SSID) -Use of all access point to extende wireless range in all the rooms; - use of institute web services (web and ftp server, etc) - Wireless LAN connected to wired infrastructure and by the network of italian research and university institution (GARR) to internet Extended W-LAN with internet connection

12 m-ICTE20059th June 05, Caceres, Spain12 Several activities concerning the knowledge of Mars A typical day experience at INAF- Padova Morning activities intensive use of iPAQs to take notes, make calculation and explore content on the web Afternoon activities use of iPAQs and tablets to work in group: pupils had to make a presentation to the whole audience about a list of subjects

13 m-ICTE20059th June 05, Caceres, Spain13 Calculate Mars distance Morning activities Interviews with astronomers Knowledge of Mars in the past

14 m-ICTE20059th June 05, Caceres, Spain14 Write about an argument Afternoon activities Presentations of the work to others

15 m-ICTE20059th June 05, Caceres, Spain15 Efficacy of wireless network environment Issues Content delivered Initial problem with the little knowledge of computers especially in the first phase of the project, then students were happy to use these tools for learning - Some problems only in the classroom context - Limited software and technical problems in exchancing files between iPAQs and tablets Handheld devices - Specific content developed for palm devices

16 m-ICTE20059th June 05, Caceres, Spain16 - Students was excited to use these computers for doing their lessons and they also continued the learning process outside (at home for example) - Course material used with palms and tablets indifferently; -Wireless network in INAF-Padova successfully used for all activities (limitation only due to network band); Initial results

17 m-ICTE20059th June 05, Caceres, Spain17 - Specific user interface should be developed in order to exploit iPAQs in learning/teaching activities Further development This experience encourages the use of wireless tecnology and mobile devices to improve education and outreach.

18 m-ICTE20059th June 05, Caceres, Spain18 Website of the entire project (on development) Thanks! {pastore, boccato, nobili, lazzaretto,benacchio}

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