Article "After smartphone : Towards a new digital education artefact" published in Revue Enfance

10.10.2019 / AE491010, Paris; DOI:

Article "After smartphone : Towards a new digital education artefact" is now made available by Revue Enfance, one of the most oldest (est. 1948) continental scientific journals in the field of developmental psychology and published by renowned publishing house "Presses Universitaires de France".

The article is a part of an issue 3/2019 dedicated to "Cognitive technologies for childhood" edited by Jacqueline Nadel & Charles Tijus. Its abstract being as follows:

"Non-moderate smartphone usage may induce diverse pathological states and behaviors which may potentially result in an array of syndromes and illnesses. Digital devices built for education rather than consumption and entertainment should not neglect intricacies of human physiology, ergonomy and cognition. For this reason, we present first four properties of an idealized “digital primer” artefact which could maximize the human and cultural potential of a normal elementary school pupil by means of holistic, semi-supervised interaction. Properties addressed and defined in this article are: “speech-based”, “narrative”, “circa-temporal” and “habit-disrupting”."

In its appendix, the article is also a 1st scientific publication contains a list of 23 characteristics of a digital primer, as proposed since 2016 on

Fulltext is available here for a 5 € fee.

Invited talk at Campus-Innovation conference

10.8.2019 / AE491008, Berlin

As a follow-up to article about circadian and eutark artefacts, I have been invited to Campus-Innovation conference at Hamburg in order to hold a talk: "CO2-Neutrality and Digital School: can we align them?".

List of other conference participants here.

Make Your Own Device (MYOD) to be introduced at

12.9.2019 / AE490912, Berlin

Happy to announce that presentation ""Make Your Own Device": When Digital Education Marries Reform Pedagogy" shall be presented on 29th November to attendees of the conference as part of the Teaching Skills and Competences for Tech-enabled Futures Starts at School: the New Digital Literacy Curriculum panel.

Full program of conference is available here.

Podcast about Digital Primer broadcasted @ SWR2 Radio

21.8.2019 / AE490821, Berlin

Brief description of the digital Primer ("digitale Fibel") project in its earliest stage + some other remarks concerning the usage of AIs in education + an excerpt from a RaspberryPi TTS-synthetized variant of an old Slovak fairy-tale, all this and some more was part of the program "Lerning in the robotic era" broadcast by SWR2. You can download the podcast variant which You can download here. Article summarizing the Podcast is available here.

Thanks the SWR2 journalist Ms. Silvia Plahl for an agreeable interview.

First batch of digital artefacts presented at UdK's Rundgang

12.7.2019 / AE490712, Berlin

Less then one year after introduction of Digital education at Berlin University of the Arts (UdK), we have already managed to present some working artefacts to wider audience during UdK's event of the year, a so-called Rundgang.

Main exhibits included: Avatar0 (created in collaboration with Christian Schmidts) communicating with visual installation In Praise of Void by Akif Sari; PappeFibel0 (the core prototype of the project); touchless musik instruments Schale (physical setup by Kohei Kimura), Ukulele (Nik Kapanadze, Anna Petzer); drumming plants Cyberplant0 and Cyberplant1 and binaural headphones sonic by Nik Kapanadze.

Consistently with the "Make Your Own Device" (MYOD) philosophy, majority of artefacts hereby introduced is based on Raspberry PI hardware, GNU/Linux operating system and tend to include at least one upcycled component.

First participation at Berlin's Long Night of the Sciences 2019

15.6.2019 / AE490615, Berlin

Artefacts PappeFibel0 and Cyberplant0 were presented during the event "Long Night of the Sciences" at Einstein Center Digital Future (sometimes also known as "House of digitalization"). A more elaborate report about the event is available here.

Article "Circadian and eutark reduction of energy trace of a digital school" accepted for publication

5.3.2019 / AE490305, Berlin / Hamburg

Article thematizing two properties (circadian and eutark*) of digital yet sustainable digital education devices has been just accepted for publication in 7th volume of "Fachmagazin für Digitalisierung in der Lehr Synergie". Publication date is 22 May 2019 (AE490522).

*word "eutark" is not a typo but a neologism meaning "energy-autark", i.e. "able to produce energy necessary for own operation"

Summary of the workshop "Bildung/Ausbildung in der digitalisierten Welt" published in proceedings of UdK2030 Zukunftstag

15.2.2019 / AE490215, Medienhaus

Prolegomena students organize 0th edition of "The futurological congress AE100"

14.2.2019 / AE490214, Faculty of Design of Berlin University of the Arts

The zeroth edition of the course "Digital Culture :: Prolegomena to Educatio Digitale :: Historical Context" finished by a "congress" organized by students and for students. Congress interventions included: presentation of a string&pulley-based logical gates (NOT, AND, NAND, XOR, OR, buffer); Digi-Comp2 paper-based replica; video about a somewhat unhappy cyborg; unveiling of the Pygmallion tableau and referats about Ada Lovelace and digital sounds in everyday life.

Prolegomena students meet prof. Zuse

13.12.2018 / AE481213, Technisches Museum Berlin

Prof. Horst Zuse - son of the author of first digital computer prof. Konrad Zuse - has personally presented a replica of the Z3 computer to students of "Prolegomena to Educatio Digitale :: Historical context" course.

Vivisection of digital infrastructure of UdK's Medienhaus

29.11.2018 / AE481129, Symposium Digitalisierung UdK Berlin /// Eine Anatomie, UdK, Berlin

Presentation of the talk "Vivisection of digital infrastructure of UdK's Medienhaus, as executed by an ex-IT-Admin" is now available in the Kastalia Knowledge Management System und is accessible here.

To BYOD or not to BYOD in an elementary school ?

22.11.2018 / AE481122, Hybrid Platform TU / UdK, Berlin

Should elementary school pupils bring their own devices into school or not ? Some pro- and contra- arguments, as well as an answer to this highly actual question have been presented at the 33rd Hybrid Talk dedicated to "Learning". An impress.js presentation is available here.

Core of Fibel's speech recognition engine compiled on an embedded-system

18.11.2018 / AE481115, Faculty of Design of Berlin University of the Arts

Happy to announce that the state-of-the-art Kaldi Automatic Speech Recognition system has been just successfully compiled on an embedded Rock64 platform.

First evaluations of the Prolegomena series

15.11.2018 / AE481115, Faculty of Design of Berlin University of the Arts

First sessions of the course "Prolegomena to Educatio Digitale :: Historical context" have presented the role of machines and computation in mythology, antiquity and medieval periods. Students have been asked to evaluate their course impressions by means od a 3-question methodology (i.e. "What do I like?", "What do I not like?", "What would I like to learn?") and the results are highly encouraging!

Prolegomena to Educatio Digitale initiated

25.10.2018 / AE481025, Faculty of Design of Berlin University of the Arts

A Studium Generale course "Prolegomena to Educatio Digitale :: Historical context" has been just initiated with its 0th edition. You can see the presentation here.

UdK Wintersemester 2018/2019 courses

15.10.2018 / AE481510, Faculty of Design, Berlin University of the Arts

Overview of WiSe2018/2019 courses proposed by prof. Hromada in association with ECDF Digital Education professorship and Berlin University of the Arts is available here.

Presentation @ ECDF 2018 Industry Forum

10.10.2018 / AE481010, Einstein Center Digital Future, Berlin

A short presentation "Digital Primer :: Speech-technologic fostering of literacy in dyslectic children" presented at ECDF's 1st Industry Forum is available here.

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