Learning by creating and exchanging objects: the SCY experience

Ton de Jong*, Wouter R. van Joolingen, Adam Giemza, Isabelle Girault, Ulrich Hoppe, Jörg Kindermann, Anders Kluge, Ard W. Lazonder, Vibeke Vold, Armin Weinberger, Stefan Weinbrenner, Astrid Wichmann, Anjo Anjewierden, Marjolaine Bodin, Lars Bollen, Cédric d'Ham, Jan Dolonen, Jan Engler, Caspar Geraedts, Henrik GrosskreutzTasos Hovardas, Rachel Julien, Judith Lechner, Sten Ludvigsen, Yuri Matteman, Ovind Meistadt, Bjørge Næss, Muriel Ney, Margus Pedaste, Anthony Perritano, Marieke Rinket, Henrik von Schlanbusch, Tago Sarapuu, Florian Schulz, Jakob Sikken, Jim Slotta, Jeremy Toussaint, Alex Verkade, Claire Wajeman, Barbara Wasson, Zacharias C. Zacheria, Martine van der Zanden

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    Science Created by You (SCY) is a project on learning in science and technology domains. SCY uses a pedagogical approach that centres around products, called ‘emerging learning objects’ (ELOs) that are created by students. Students work individually and collaboratively in SCY‐Lab (the general SCY learning environment) on ‘missions’ that are guided by socio‐scientific questions (for example ‘How can we design a CO2‐friendly house?’). Fulfilling SCY missions requires a combination of knowledge from different content areas (eg, physics, mathematics, biology, as well as social sciences). While on a SCY mission, students perform several types of learning activities that can be characterised as productive processes (experiment, game, share, explain, design, etc), they encounter multiple resources, collaborate with varying coalitions of peers and use changing constellations of tools and scaffolds. The configuration of SCY‐Lab is adaptive to the actual learning situation and may provide advice to students on appropriate learning activities, resources, tools and scaffolds, or peer students who can support the learning process. The SCY project aims at students between 12 and 18 years old. In the course of the project, a total of four SCY missions will be developed, of which one is currently available.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)909-921
    JournalBritish journal of educational technology
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 2010


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