(PRWEB) March 5, 2006 -- April brings the tulips to Leiden (and Amsterdam) and turns educators' thoughts to a new generation of students. Participants from the UK, Netherlands, Ireland and Scandinavia will be sharing tips on how to cope with the 'Net generation', and tools and games now in use to enhance learning, in the heart of the tulip region at the beautiful Leiden Universiity on 6 and 7 April 2006.
A variety of presenters and facilitators from five countries will do their best to rival the colours of the Dutch spring blooms. The conference on Thursday will focus on three themes:
- Tools for lifelong learning: identity, movement and standards;
- Emerging technologies and the 'Net generation'; and
- Digital games: play and simulation.
Keynote speaker Professor Robert-Jan Simons, of Utrecht On University, will explore the theme of 'Are our students changing and what does that mean for ICT in education
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?' Professor Angela MacFarlane, University of Bristol, will examine the case for digital games in her keynote, 'Alone together; community learning and digital games'. They will be joined by educational experts from five countries, who will lead discussion on the three themes. A wiki has been set up to support discussion of the themes at http://altspring.jot.com/WikiHome
On Friday 7 April a smaller group of researchers will focus on the production of a white paper, to be distributed later in the summer. Places are limited for this popular seminar.
Bookings for both days close on 23 March - go to
The Spring Conference is supported by SURF in the Netherlands (www.surf.nl
) and ILTA in Ireland (www.ilta.net
For more information about the Association for Learning Technology go to http://www.alt.ac.uk