About the Author: Admin

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

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Arduino core developer visits EDGE Lab

November 1st, 2011

Tom Igoe from NYU, and core developer of the Arduino open hardware project blogged about his visit to the EDGE Lab this week. He loved vlad’s work, and our adaptive design work. It was great to meet him and we want to go down to NYC for a future visit.

Click on the photo to go to the blog.

Button Masher

October 31st, 2011

Check out Lab research assistant Button Masher design that he produced for TIFF Nexus Locative Media Innovation Day this past week. Great videos and howTo.

Edgelab alumnus doing Adaptive Design in NYC

October 28th, 2011

From Adaptive Design in NYC:

Sisters Sarah and Kristy Tan spent Monday in our workshop getting hands-on experience with cardboard carpentry with the help of our staff. Sarah is an EDGE Lab affiliate and early childhood education major, who worked with Professor Jason Nolan at Ryerson early on to make adaptations for young Zoe. Kristy, a business technology management major, appreciated the process of creating an adaptation and gladly participated.

Noah Updates his Blog :)

October 28th, 2011

Lab RA and researcher in his own right, Noah Kenneally has updated his blog, talking about his research over the summer at the edge lab. He’s always up to interesting stuff.

AoIR2011 digital natives presentation

October 17th, 2011

Torontoist EDGE Lab Democratizes Accessible Design

October 7th, 2011

EDGE Lab Democratizes Accessible Design

Noah Kenneally, a member of the adaptive design team and student of Jason Nolan, has been helping extensively in this process. After watching an in-class video about the Adaptive Design Association—whose New York storefront was Nolan’s introduction to the cardboard revolution—Kenneally approached his professor with an offer of assistance. With a background as a community artist, Kenneally has been “building stuff out of cardboard for years” and jokes that “cardboard has chased me into academia.” The skill-set has proven useful.

“I got a grant this past summer from the university’s office of the vice-provost for research and innovation to run my own research project, which I decided to run in conjunction with the stuff that I’ve been doing with Jason,” Kenneally explains. The project, which tests models of learning based on hands-on interaction, allows Kenneally to run workshops to test his curriculum theories in addition to passing along design techniques.

“It’s such an important part of what’s going on in adaptive design,” he says of the information-exchange process. “It’s really a collaborative process between the designers and the folks who are building, and the people for whom the objects are being made. They’re really involved in the process, which forces specific people to meet specific needs. So, the learning of those skills becomes a relational, face-to-face thing.”

Edgelabers Noah and Alison featured at Career Mash

October 7th, 2011

Edgelabers Noah and Alison featured in an article on Career Mash recently. Here’s a youtube video of it as well.

Arduino Keyboard Emulator

September 20th, 2011

Check out EDGE Lab RA’s post on his update to the Arduino Keyboard Emulator project he’s working on for us. As well as the youtube video about it.

Welcome New EDGE Lab Collaborators

August 17th, 2011

Jaime Woo is a writer, game designer, and co-founder of Gamercamp, Toronto’s festival celebrating the art, creativity, and fun in games. Gamercamp is now in its third year and has recently spun off Gamercamp Jr, an experimental project to help guide the next generation of game designers and developers. Jaime’s first game Gargoyles premiered at Toronto’s Recess.TO meet-up and was featured in the magazine Grid. Jaime has spoken about his love of video games on television programs Electric Program and interSPACE and on the CBC radio program Metro Morning. In addition to a passion for video games, Jaime has a deep interest in how technology affects culture and his work has been published in Financial Post, Vancouver Sun, Now Magazine, Torontoist, and Xtra. He has been a speaker on technology and social media at the prestigious SXSW Interactive and NXNE Interactive conferences, and for the Rotman School of Business.


Danny Bakan‘s research is focused on music education, song, social networking and technology. He has an interest in arts-based research and a/r/tographical methodologies. Danny holds an MA in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning from OISE/UT, has taught music and creative arts pedagogy at Ryerson University’s School of Early Childhood Education, been a lecturer at the Royal Conservatory of Music, and has taught music, theatre and creative arts to children and adults in school and non-school settings for over 20 years. Danny is holds a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship and is working towards his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Pedaogy at the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columba in Vancouver. Danny is also a songwriter, banjoist and performer. His artistic portfolio includes two albums of original songs, performances across North America, and appearances on CBC and NPR. (htp://www.dannybakan.com)

Edgy adaptive design

August 1st, 2011

Here’s an article we just came across from the summer edition of Abilities magazine about the Adaptive Design lab.

Edgy adaptive design