Experimental School Environments - Special Information Workshop
22 October 1997
Centre Borschette, Rue Froissart, 36, 1040 Brussels.

This special information workshop is intended for people interested in responding to the call on Experimental School Environments. The workshop is organised by Esprit Long Term Research, in collaboration with related programmes in DGXXII and DGXIII.

The "i3 Experimental School Environments" initiative was launched as part of the ESPRIT call for proposals of 16 September 1997, with the aim of exploring "new learning paradigms" for children. Specifically, the initiative calls for research on new kinds of IT-based tools or environments designed to enable new approaches to learning. It focuses on learning in young children, typically in the age range of 4 to 8. Working with this age group provides fertile ground for both educational and technological innovation.

The workshop aimed at people that are interested in responding to this call. These are expected to include teachers, schools, educationalists, technologists, IT providers, publishers, toy-makers, designers etc. The workshop will include presentations by European Commission staff, as well as a number of experts in the field. There will also be time for participants to network and identify possible partners. Throughout the day project officers will be on hand for one-on-one discussions.

Tentative Workshop Agenda:

10.00-10.10: Welcome, European Commission
10.10-10.40: Presentation of the Call, Norman Sadeh, European Commission
10.40-11.00: Questions & Answers
11.00-11.15: Coffee Break
11.15-12.45: Visions of Future Learning Environments
                 Speakers: Stephen Heppell, ULTRALAB, AngliaPolytechnic University
                           John Thackara, The Netherlands Design Institute
                           Tormod Askildsen, Lego Dacta
                           Aharon Aviram, Ben-Gurion University
12.45-14.00: Lunch
14.00-15.00: Short 2-minute presentations by prospective proposers
15.00-16.00: Free time to enable participants to network
16.00-16.30: Final Questions & Answers Session

For further information on the workshop, including registration, please contact:
European Commission
DG III - Industry
Ms. Lesley Hayward
200 rue de la Loi
B-1049 Brussels
Fax +32-2-2968390

Further information on the Experimental School Environments call, including an Information Package, can be found at:


In addition, answers to specific questions on the call can be obtained from:
European Commission
DG III - Industry
ESPRIT Long Term Research Unit

Mr. Norman Sadeh
Tel. +32-2-2953287; Fax +32-2-2968390
E-mail: Norman.Sadeh@dg3.cec.be
Mr. Jakub Wejchert
Tel. +32-2-2968032; Fax +32-2-2968390
E-mail: Jakub.Wejchert@dg3.cec.be

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