At CIL, we believe that technology enables the design of constructivist learning environments and implementation of such pedagogy. In line with this philosophy, in 2011, CIL undertook the transformation of a traditional university classroom into a technology-rich teaching space, so called the Interaction and Technology Lab(EAT).
In EAT we teach a number of university courses, in which students use affordable technologies to engage in problem based learning. EAT is equipped with smart devices (e.g., tablets, ipods, smartphones), and technological gadgets (e.g., SenseCam, pen-readers) charging in secured cabinets, two multitouch interactive tabletops, downward-pointing projectors powered by MAC mini computers, noise control mechanisms for better group work, and classroom response systems.
We also encourage the use of Web 2.0 tools to extend learners’ collaboration and interaction beyond the classroom walls. Orchestrating problem-based learning within a technology-enhanced and networked classroom is a complex task, but also an exciting and rewarding educational experience for both educators and learners. Through the project “Creative Information Spaces for Problem Based Learning” (funded by the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation), CIL has promoted EAT as a future learning space for university instructors and K-12 educators in Cyprus.
At CIL, we believe that playful learning is enacted around interactive surfaces and spaces. We use interactive tabletops and interactive walls and floors to create fun and engaging learning experiences for learners of all ages.