SynergyNet code has moved and new version with v3.1

As Google Code is no more, the SynergyNet code has moved to a new home on GitHub – see links on the right. Many thanks to James for moving the code. James has also added SynergyNet v3.1 which is a newer version of the framework with a simplified code structure.

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Moving on from SynergyNet

After more than four years the SynergyNet project has come to an end. We’ve learned a huge amount about how learners use multi-touch tables, and about building a multi-touch enabled classroom – thank you to all those who participated in our studies!

We will continue to publish work from this study over the coming months – and will continue to update the publications page.

The work will continue in a number of directions:

To get in touch – see the about us page for updated contact information; for media use of images from this website, please contact Emma Mercier.

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SynergyNet at CSCL

Dr Emma Mercier will be in Madison in June, presenting research comparing interactions on multi-touch tables and paper:

Mercier, E., Higgins, S., & Vourloumi, G. (2012) Idea Development in Multi-touch and Paper-based Collaborative Problem Solving. In N. Rummel, M. Kapur, M. Nathan, & S, Puntambekar, S. (Eds.) To See the World and a Grain of Sand: Learning across Levels of Space, Time, and Scale: CSCL 2013 Conference Proceedings Volume 2, p 313-314.

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New Publication

The SynergyNet team’s newest publication focuses on computer science aspects of the project:

Richardson, T., Burd, L. & Smith, S. (2013) Guidelines for supporting real-time multi-touch applications. Journal of Software: Practice and Experience. DOI: 10.1002/spe.2183


Multi-touch driven user interfaces are becoming increasingly prevalent because of their intuitiveness and because of the reduction in the associated hardware costs. In recognition of this trend, multi-touch software frameworks (MSFs) have begun to emerge. These frameworks abstract the low level issues of multi-touch software development and deployment. MSFs therefore enable software developers who are unfamiliar with the complexities of multi-touch software development to implement and deploy multi-touch applications more easily. However, some multi-touch applications have real-time system requirements, and at present, no MSFs provide support for the development and deployment of such real-time multi-touch applications. The implication of this is that software developers are unable to take advantage of MSFs and, therefore, are forced to handle the complexities of multi-touch and real-time systems development and deployment for themselves in an ad hoc manner. The primary consequence of this is that the multi-touch and/or real-time aspects of the application may not function correctly. In this paper, guidelines are presented for applying real-time system concepts to support the development and deployment of real-time multi-touch applications using MSFs. This serves to increase the probability that the application will meet its timing requirements while also reducing the complexity of the development and deployment process associated with multi-touch applications.

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SynergyNet at AERA

Dr Emma Mercier will be at AERA in San Francisco at the end of April presenting some of our recent work:

Mercier, E. & Higgins, S. (2013, May) Time And Space: Analyzing Multiple Levels of Collaborative Learning Across Time.

Groves, H., Higgins, S. & Mercier, E. (2013, May) Developing Adaptive Expertise through Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning.

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New Publication

SynergyNet’s most recent publication – which was covered extensively in November’s media coverage – describes how within and between group collaboration, facilitated by the multi-touch classroom, can support mathematical flexibility.

Mercier, E.M. & Higgins, S. (2013) Collaborative Learning with Multi-Touch Technology: Developing Adaptive Expertise. Learning and Instruction, 25, 13-23. DOI: 10.1016/j.learninstruc.2012.10.004


Developing fluency and flexibility in mathematics is a key goal of upper primary schooling, however, while fluency can be developed with practice, designing activities that support the development of flexibility is more difficult. Drawing on concepts of adaptive expertise, we developed a task for a multi-touch classroom, NumberNet, that aimed to support both fluency and flexibility. Results from a quasi-experimental study of 86 students (44 using NumberNet, 42 using a paper-based comparison activity) indicated that all students increased in fluency after completing these activities, while students who used NumberNet also increased in flexibility. Video analysis of the NumberNet groups indicate that the opportunity to collaborate, and learn from other groups’ expressions, may have supported this increase in flexibility. The final phase of the task suggests future possibilities for engaging students in mathematical discourse to further support the development of mathematical adaptive expertise.

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SynergyNet Classroom in Use – and Making the News!

Here’s a clip from the recent media day at the SynegyNet lab – the teacher and students worked hard all day, while journalists and photographers came by to see what we’ve been up to.

The day was covered by BBC local TV and radio, and by over 50 news sources. For a complete list see our Media Coverage page.

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SynergyNet at ICCE

Dr Emma Mercier will be at the International Conference on Computers in Education in Singapore presenting a review of the project’s work:

Mercier, E., Higgins, S. & Burd, E. (2012) Tabletops in the Classroom: Reflections on a multi-year project.

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SynergyNet at ITS

Dr Emma Mercier will be at the ACM Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces in Cambridge Nov 11th to 14th presenting a review of the work we’ve been doing in the last few years:

Mercier, E., Higgins, S., Burd, E. & McNaughton, J. (2012)  ITS in the Classroom: Perspectives on Using a Multi-touch Classroom. To Appear in the Proceedings of the ACM Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces Conference.

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SynergyNet at the Royal Society

As part of the recent TEL event on the 6th of November, SynergyNet was showcased at the Royal Society in London. The showcase ran for several hours and allowed 100s of attendees at the event to have a go at using the SynergyNet system.  The display made use of two Samsung SUR40 tables, a SMART 800 series board (kindly rented to us), a Samsung Slate tablet, an iPad and a Microsoft Kinect.  As part of the showcase attendees had a chance to try out our NumberNet application, flick photos of our work between the tables and see our SynergyView annotation software in action displaying footage from our lab.  Updates containing footage, images and outcomes from the event will soon appear on the TEL website.

SynergyNet is also discussed in the new TEL film: Inventing the Future of Learning.

SynergyNet at the Royal Society

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