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Supporting learning of social-emotional competencies with technology

Start: Sep 26, 2018 12:30 PM
End: Sep 26, 2018 01:30 PM

Location: UCL Knowledge Lab, 23-29 Emerald St, London WC1N 3QS

Pupils at Graveney School using Digimap for Schools. Department for Communities and Local Government (CC BY-ND 2.0)

In this seminar, Petr Slovak will speak about his work on supporting the development of social-emotional skills that underpin resilience---such as self-regulation, coping with stress, or conflict resolution---in real-world contexts.

Technologies have already found an important role in education as well as in treatment of mental health difficulties for children and youth. However, much less is known about applying technology within prevention approaches, where at-school training programs aim to promote resilience of those at risk and mitigate the occurrence of mental illness later in life.

The emphasis will be on two multi-year projects done in collaboration with Committee for Children, developers of a prevention program used in 30% of US schools. The first explores the potential of physical computing and smart textiles for physical interventions. The second examines the opportunities for helping children develop constructive conflict resolution strategies in digital multiplayer worlds, where children spend more and more time while encountering many interpersonal challenges arising from gameplay.

He will hope to discuss with the audience what the future of technology-enabled prevention interventions may be; and how the existing scholarship around technology-enabled learning in education more broadly might translate to the this emerging domain.

About the speaker

Petr Slovak is an Honorary Research Fellow at UCL, funded by the Schroedinger Fellowship from Austrian Science Fund; he also holds a Visiting Researcher position at Oxford University.

Registration

This event is free and open to all. Registration is required for those external to UCL: please email Michelle Cannon (m.cannon@ucl.ac.uk).

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Michelle Cannon

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  • Pupils at Graveney School using Digimap for Schools. Department for Communities and Local Government (CC BY-ND 2.0)