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Innovative Playful Learning Environments
     Playful Learning Environment Smartus -
         playground (

 •   play is considered as a meaningful
     learning activity
 •   physical activitity is supported
 •   creativity and imagination are
 •   collaboration and emotionality are
     considered important
Aim of the study: to investigate and develop
 Smartus playgrounds as a formal learning environments
 Pedagogical models for playful learning environment
 Theoretical framework for playful learning

   Research Period (10.9.-12.10.):
• University of Lapland Teacher Training School, Rovaniemi
  (3 groups)
• Muurola school, Rovaniemi (3 groups)
• De Bongerd, Oldenzaal, Hollanti (10 cgroups)

• quantitative and qualitative methods (tests, questionnaires, digital diary, interviews, video material)
Playful Learning Process (PLP)
- provides theoretical and practical framework, methods and tools to integrate
classroom teaching with playground activities in the school context

    Idea of the process
    and planning                Activities on the      Collecting, reflecting, what
    Various working methods     playground             has been done and learnt
    (in the classroom)          -Playing               Continuum of the process
                                Developing the         Various working methods (in
    Getting familiar with the   games                  the classroom)
    subject to be learned:
    researching, drawing,
    writing, discussing
    - Planning and inventing
    games concerning the
Research period 10.9. -12.10.2007 - about 15 hours

- Orienting to the theme (2-3 hours)
- Studying LinkIt with the children (2 hours)
- Making games in small groups: (4-6 hours)
          - working on LinkIT
          - seeking more information (books, internet etc.)
          - presenting games to the classmates

- Playing the games on the iGrid (2-4 hours)
         - developing the games further
         - playing the games of the classmates

- Assessing the learning processes (1-2 hours)
         - What has been done?
         - What has been learned?
                              Week 37 (10.9.-14.9)

• LinkIT training for the teachers – done!
• Questionnaire for children – done!

• Visiting in the classrooms (Pirkko and Marjaana)
    – brief presentation of the research

• Questionnaire for teachers (20 mins)
• Teacher’s Digital Diary (in weblog)
   – Subject?
   – Timetable?
   – Logging in the weblog

                                                     Daily at the school:
                                                     Pirkko & Marjaana
                        Week 38 (17.9.-21.9.)

• Pretest for children (about the topic)
• Orienting to the topic
   – Teaching, reading, art and etc.
   – Seeking information
   – Creating the image gallery of the topic
       (digital camera, PaintShop)
• LinkIt training for the children 20.9.-21.9.
   – in their own classrooms
   – Traineers: the teacher, Marjaana, Pirkko, Leena, and Ellaveera

• Teacher’s Digital Diary (in weblog)
                                                Daily at the school:
                                                Pirkko & Marjaana
                                                (Leena & Ellaveera)
                 Week 39 (24.9.-28.9)

• Creating games and making image gallery
   – Presenting the games to the classmates
   – Testing the games
   – Seeking more information
   – Developing the games further

• Teacher’s Digital Diary (in weblog)
• Brief interviews during the process
  (Leena & Ellaveera)

                                        Daily at the school:
                                        Leena and Ellaveera
                Week 40 (1.10.-5.10.)

• Playing the games on the iGrid
   – Own games
   – The games made by the classmates
• Developing the games further

• Play, act, jump, enjoy! 

                                        Daily at the school:
                                        Leena and Ellaveera
                                               Week 41 (8.10.-11.10.)

• Elaboration and assessment:
   – What has been done?
   – What has been learned?

• Questionnaires (for the children and for the teachers)
• Post test (Leena & Ellaveera)
• Interviews in groups of two or three teachers (Leena & Ellaveera):
      –      Agnes
      –      Francis
      –      Esther/ Dana
      –      Ingrid
      –      Joske
      –      Lucia
      –      Monica
      –      Peter
      –      Tamara
      –      Tom                                                        Daily at the school:
                                                                        Leena and Ellaveera
•   Questionnaire – final week
•   Post test (about the topic) – final week

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