Although we are in favor of real field studies, we have found that some of the required formalities for working directly in schools, might undermine the value of novel media technologies:
As a matter of fact, the employment of novel media technologies in schools usually requires a significant change in infrastructure and practices, which creates an irregularity to the natural rhythms of the school.
We have selected to set-up our lab in a location that resembles a real school lab, as well as the school setting, at least with regard to local schools on the island of Corfu.
Please find bellow some additional benefits of our school computer lab in comparison with the real school lab:
Most university or industrial research labs have the respective atmosphere which might not be suitable for students, especially for primary education ones, who are accustomed to a smaller scale. We have set-up a PC lab that is very close to the look and feel (layout, size, equipment) of a typical PC lab in primary and secondary education. Moreover, we have selected to locate the lab in a small room, which is part of a small complex of buildings with ample open space. Finally, we have access to an additional room, which is used for piloting remote sessions, as well as for doing between-groups experiments. Please find bellow some photos of the location and the lab.