The health crisis, an experimental laboratory for new forms of education.

Why is it SPOON compatible? Because it opens horizons towards new pedagogical methods, and technological tools that can be used to save time and interactivity.

Once upon a time, there was a world without Covid, where Spooners partners could still visit each other and share their practices face to face.
In December 2019, we had the opportunity with the rest of the consortium to visit our friends at Boswell Beta of Utrecht University, and we were all very impressed by the discovery of a very innovative pedagogical device:
“The Teaching & Learning Lab (TLL) is the central location at Utrecht University to experiment with and do research into new educational content and methods. The TLL is literally and figuratively a space for educational innovation. The TLL consists of two lecture/experimentation rooms and a studio.”

An ideal place to test the teaching of the future, in face-to-face or distance learning, which was widely acclaimed and used during the crisis. State-of-the-art equipment, designed for ergonomics, collaboration, exchange, proximity, modularity, ease of use, interactivity, these new spaces also allow for more reflective uses of teaching practices by allowing for the filming of courses and classes in order to analyze and test teaching methods for example.

“The large lecture/experimentation room (3.22) of the Teaching & Learning Lab (max. 15 people) is suitable for different educational settings and subject didactical research. The room includes an interactive wall, benches and observation cameras. If desired, the room can be furnished with mobile scrum tables (6-8 people) that are adjustable in height, lightweight two-person tables and chairs. In addition, several interactive whiteboards can be used, a learning table or a 3D printer. “

Of course a service of accompaniment and training in the equipment and uses is also available.
You can imagine that as a training and education actor, this place seemed to us a real amusement park, with multiple possibilities, because in our daily life (before covid) we often asked ourselves how to improve the exchange in our training actions, in order to make the moment alive, interactive, and to make sure that the actor of the trainee teachers in an ergonomic and favourable environment can make emerge numerous ideas and initiatives, that the classic modalities could constrain Of course, it is not a question of saying that the innovative material, makes the quality of the teaching or the training. It is obviously possible to create pedagogical modalities that are very welcoming at a lower cost, depending on the time and the means.

In the second time we could discover the Virtual Classroom and Lighboard Studio. A presentation workshop led by Ralph Meulenbroeks (Ph.D. MSc.).

Discover Ralf YOUTUBE Channel Ralph Meulenbroeks

He combined conservatoire double-bass studies with a university physics degree, graduating ‘cum laude’ in both. He finished his Ph.D. in plasma physics at Eindhoven University of Technology and worked as a researcher at Shell, Oc矇, and FOM (Fundamental Research of Matter).
In 1996 he took up the viola da gamba and rapidly became the most prominent Netherlands ambassador for the seven-stringed instrument. He has been soloist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra with such conductors as Sir Roger Norrington, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Ivan Fischer. He made many cd-recordings and was awarded the Edison classical audience award 2009, the Netherlands’ most prestigious cd award.Since 2011 he combines his musical activities with work as a physics teacher in the field of secondary education. He obtained his Master of Education in 2012 (cum laude). As of 2015, he is working as an associate professor in the field of science education at Utrecht University. He also works as a career coach and has given many keynote and other lectures and workshops on intrinsic motivation.
Ralph has a very broad scope of fascinations ranging from macrobiotic food and t’ai chi to history, astrophysics, and aviation. He recently obtained his private pilot’s license.

This eclectic background shows the creativity of the personage, which pushed us after the demonstration to test the Lightboard, telling in 1 minute our dreams. We realized that drawing and speaking at the same time, while respecting the technical constraints (camera view, positioning, advancement on the board and occupation of the space) was more complicated than it seemed. Nevertheless, it is a powerful, interactive and simple tool.

Do you always use a schoolboard to explain everything to your students, and do you always fill up the board with explanations? Do your students often ask you to explain it one more time, even though you had already clearly explained something? Then make a knowledge clip with the Lightboard To Go!
With the Lightboard To Go you can explain a formula or building block of a molecule to your students fairly easily and quickly. Visualize abstract terms, difficult formulas or complicated concepts with a simple marker.
Recording knowledge clips with the Lightboard To Go has several advantages:
The technology consists of a marker, a cloth and a glass plate to draw on.
As a teacher you are in the picture and you are looking into the camera while you explain, so you have more personal contact and can better transfer the subject matter.
Simple recording with an iPad, a microphone and an app.
No cameraman needed and no difficult editing.
You can use the knowledge clips you make in your classroom, according to the flipping the classroom model. You transfer the knowledge, information or assignment in short videos that students can watch when and where they want. During the contact moments, understanding can be tested and applied in mutual discussions, positions or (group) assignments.

It inspired a SPOONERS! Check out Bojan’s YouTube channel:

Cite this blog post
Elena Iuliani (2021, June 10). The health crisis, an experimental laboratory for new forms of education. SPOON Open Notebook SPOON . Retrieved June 13, 2024, from

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