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Seminar by Paul Warwick (University of Cambridge) 'Digitalised Dialogues Across the Curriculum (DiDiAC): Enhancing classroom dialogue by using Talkwall to 'Think Together''

Research demonstrates that the adoption of a dialogic pedagogy stimulates the development of students’ critical thinking, reasoning and self-regulated learning skills. There is also evidence indicating that the quality of classroom talk has a measurable

The DiDiAC research considers how a microblogging tool might affect interactions in ‘dialogic classrooms’. Developed by the University of Oslo, Talkwall is a free micro-blogging tool for engaging students in collective classroom interaction. Using Talkwall, an individual (e.g. a teacher) formulates a question or a challenge before participants (e.g. students), individually or in groups, post messages to a shared ‘wall’ (e.g. large screen/projector). Underpinned by a Vygotskian sociocultural framework, which views learning as a social process mediated by tools, this seminar will report on research in Norwegian (n=5) and British (n=2) secondary schools investigating: i. the potential of Talkwall to enhance existing/promote new forms of classroom dialogue and provide a visualisation of ‘interthinking’ amongst students; ii. how microblog-supported classroom dialogue may contribute to the development of students’ collaboration and critical thinking skills; iii. the skills that need to be attained for students to master digitalised communicative contexts, and how teachers can support this mastery through their pedagogy. Using a design-based approach with teachers working as co-researchers, approximately 400 students are involved. Data collection includes quantitative (e.g. metadata, measuring collaboration/critical thinking, social network/semantic analysis) and qualitative (e.g. observations, video, interviews) approaches. Details of the theoretical underpinning for the research, the strategy for data collection and analysis, and latest project developments (e.g. the outcomes of several teacher-researcher workshops), will also be discussed. During the seminar, participants will have the opportunity to experience using Talkwall using their own mobile/computing devices.

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Paul Warwick is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. He is engaged in a range of research and teaching activities that link directly with his interests in dialogue in teaching and learning, primary science education, the uses of technology in teaching and learning, and the professional development of trainee and beginning teachers. He is currently engaged as Principal UK Investigator on the Digitalised Dialogues Across the Curriculum (DiDiAC) project, funded by the Research Council of Norway and in collaboration with the University of Oslo; the DiDiAC research will develop new knowledge that helps us to understand how students learn in contemporary digitalized schools and across three key knowledge domains – language, social science and natural science.

A recording of this seminar can be found on the Student Intranet, under Postgraduate Research - Research Training and Skills - College Level Seminar Recordings

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