June 2010 pupils and teachers
at primary school De Barkentijn
had the opportunity to try out a Surface unit with over 30 educational multitouch Onwijs
A novelty with this pilot was that pupils could create their own TipTile
-presentation and can view it on the Surface.
for a video impression.
Primary school De Trampoline
in Leidschendam is the first Dutch school with their own Surface unit.
It will be used in a project where several innovatieve technologies will be tested en compared. Three groups (1st and 2nd grade) will each get a different device to try out.
For this purpose Onwijs
developed a set of Surface-applications, partly in cooperation with students of Hogeschool Rotterdam
With exercises like WordCloud, CombinationGame or FormPuzzle pupils can train their language and logical skills.
In March 2010 children from the 6th, 7th and 8th grade of primary sschool de Schakel
get the chance to work with several new technological innovations, among which is a Surface unit.
This is part of a project Leren van de toekomst
(Learning of the future),which is an initiative of SURFNet/Kennisnet, an educational organisation funded by the Dutch government.
participated in this project and created a series of Surface-applications about a part of the math curriculum: fractions, decimals and percentages.
There are five exercises with names such as ProblemGame, FractionTrain and DuoFraction (roughly translated).
In a menu application pupils can use objects to pick an exercise and identify the participants. The chosen application will use this info to adapt to the level of the group.
Video impressions of the whole project can be found at
and Editie NL
On November 20th primary school De Clipper
in Rotterdam opened their new media centre.
To help celebrate this Onwijs
demonstrated one of the newest type of media: the Surface.
Special guests for the festivities were Dutch writer Hans Hagen
and his partner and tv-presenter Monique Hagen
To honour the guests Onwijs
created two presentations on their work on the Surface.
There were also a couple of Surface applications that were made especially for this occasion (with drawings of the Clipper pupils) and a number of educational programs and some demo's by nsquared
The Surface unit was intended to stay at the school for a week, but this was extended to a period of three weeks.
Both for the pupils and teachers as for us this was a great first opportunity to see how a Surface could function in a school and it gave us a lot of new insights.
The event got a lot of attention, not just from the kids, but also from the media (radio, television and newspapers).
is a short impression, made for television.
Play Together, Learn Together
is the catch phrase for a project where Onwijs
will introduce Surface technology in (primary) schools.
The plan is to make a tour with a Surface unit and a collection of demo applications and give teachers and children a peek at the future of education.
For the 2010 edition of the national manifestation Nederland Leest
made an new presentation for the Microsoft Surface. This year the subject was a book called The big ward
by Jacoba van Velde.
also made a short film impression about the author.
on the manifestation included a short view of the Surface application.
features a web version of the presentation, along with the film impression.
On May 17 it´s been 70 years ago that a great part of the city Middelburg was destroyed by German bombs.
Het Zeeuws Archief, the Gemeente Middelburg and the Adriaan van Westreenen Foundation organized a grand memorial.
is one of the sponsors and developed 2 Surface applications for the exposition at City Hall.
These will reflect Middelburg before the war, the bombing and the reconstruction, using historic photographs and movies and eye witness reports.
also made a documentary on eye witness Mr. C.J.P. van Westreenen.
October 23d was the starting date of a national manifestation called Nederland Leest
The purpose of this project is to get more people to read (books). All activities revolve around one single book, which is freely distributed.
For the VOB
, an organisation of Dutch
created a Surface-application about this year's selected book (Oeroeg) and it's author (Hella S. Haasse).
The application made a tour, visiting a number of libraries all through the country.
As a bonus, we created an online version (obviously with less functionality), which can be seen at www.oeroeg.nl
As part of the project Beelden voor de Toekomst
(Images for the Future)
developed a MultiMediaQuiz, in cooperation with Logica
The application has a section aimed at the general public, with video fragments on a certain subject.
For children there is an (educational) quiz segment which shows short movie clips with quiz question.
Source material comes from several regional and national archives and is organised in four themes that have a bearing on
Zeeland (the province) and are somehow related with the general subject 'water'.
There is also a web based single user version
which gives an impression of the material and functionality.