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Profile: Director of the RE/Lab & EDGE Lab and associate professor in the School of Early Childhood Education.

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Congratulations Professor Alison Gaston

July 5th, 2012

EDGE Lab Alumnus Alison Gaston (MA Early Childhood Studies, Ryerson University 2011) has just been appointed full time professor in ECE at Sheridan College | Institute for Advanced Learning and Technology starting in August. When she’s gotten comfortable with her new digs we hope she will be help us to build new connections with Sheridan, collaborating on both Play and Adaptive Design research projects.

 

 

 

New projects in the @EDGElab, audio synth and assistive walking device

June 28th, 2012

Lab RA Noah Kenneally 2011 recipient URO Scholarship

June 26th, 2012

Noah Kenneally, a 2011 recipient of an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program Award

Noah Kenneally, a 4th year full-time student in the Early Childhood Education program, was one of the recipients of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Scholars Program, an initiative of the Office of the Vice President of Research and Innovations. For three months, Noah coordinated his own research project, fitting within existing research being done by ECE Faculty Professor Jason Nolan and Alumni Alison Gaston.

Community Living Toronto Early Childhood Services came to the Studio to learn Adaptive Design techniques and provided professional feedback to the workshop curriculum design. Nancy Hendy, Manager of Early Childhood Services is pictured here with Noah, learning how to make a rocker seat.

His project, entitled “Researching Skills Development in Adaptive Design and the Creation of Objects for Children with Disabilities”, involved inquiry into how to best support development of the skills of Adaptive Design. Adaptive Design is a philosophy of inclusion and a suite of skills and techniques used in the creation of “assistive devices” – objects that respond to specific needs and that improve the lives of people (primarily children) with disabilities, allowing them to be more autonomous and independent.

Painting an adaptive design corner seat, or jig. The Studio Interns developed a fruit theme for the seats built last summer – including a pineapple, a kiwi, and a watermelon.

By researching various curricula of experiential learning and hands-on education, Noah was able to explore how combining theoretical and practical knowledge work together to effectively construct meaningful and personal knowledge, skills and learning opportunities.

A fully functioning test cardboard computer keyboard. The different modules test different aspects of the design, but can all be connected to a computer to provide adapted word processing capabilities.

Noah spoke about his project and his URO experience to assembled guests and fellow undergraduate researchers at Celebrating Research Excellence, the URO Scholars Celebration event on October 6th, 2011.

excited to paint my sideways ‘longboard’ #stimmy rocker tomorrow. btw it rocks!

June 17th, 2012

Melanie McBride, EDGE Lab Research Assistant and graduate student in the Communications and Culture program at York University, is completing her first Adaptive Design build in our Adaptive Design this week, as part of her studies.

 

Preparing Students to Learn Without Us

February 1st, 2012

Will Richardson’s post Preparing Students to Learn Without Us features EDGELab’s grad student Melanie and her thoughts on autonomous learning.

Melanie McBride, a Toronto-based educator and researcher with Ryerson University’s Experiential Design and Gaming Environments lab, echoes that sentiment.

Personal and autonomous learning is self-directed and self-selected according to the learner’s own needs, preferences, and learning arrangements … Truly autonomous and personal learning means making our own choices about what we wish to play or learn with, whom we wish to learn with or from, where we want to do this learning, when we prefer to learn or play, and how we want to learn. (personal communication, October 3, 2011).

BTW, we have just published a paper on the topic of children and autonomy:
The Stranger Danger: Exploring Surveillance, Autonomy, and Privacy in Children’s Use of Social Media

Lab RA Noah Kenneally profiled

December 21st, 2011

EDGE Lab RA Noah Kenneally was recently profiled on the School of Early Childhood Education’s web site for his work in Adaptive Design funded by Ryerson’s URO scholars program.

Original Cyborgs: Disability and Technology

November 13th, 2011

Original Cyborgs: Disability and Technology: The Exploration of the Cyborg is a new article by EDGE Lab external collaborator and Gimp Girl Community founder/director Jen Cole. Jen refers to past lab grad student, and now external collaborator Alison Gaston‘s research into disability and technology.

It is great how she ‘owns’ the cyborg from a disability perspective. Don’t miss it.

November 11th, 2011


Here are some pictures of EDGE Lab at Digifest featuring Vlad Cazan, Richard Lachman, Melanie Mcbride and Jason Nolan. 

EDGE Lab Crew Fall 2011

November 3rd, 2011


Daniel, Mel, & Jaime talking games in the EDGE Lab.

Adaptive Design in the Blog

November 1st, 2011

Sara over at Ablerism made a nice post referencing our work on Adaptive Design. Thanks for helping to get the word out.