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Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham
October 2016
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The aim of ITAG is to bring together academics, developers, beneficiaries and practitioners to explore interactive technologies and innovate within the areas of Education, Health and Disability. ITAG will consist of 5 strands:

- Academic conference: We have a particular focus on the use of gaming hardware and software to implement accessible solutions, interaction design using new input/output devices and the increasing impact of ubiquitous computing on our everyday well-being. We especially want to bring together practitioners with researchers, for their mutual benefit; you don’t have to be a technical expert to benefit from this conference! The conference provides an excellent opportunity to showcase practice and to mainstream research ideas and outcomes. It introduces a wider audience to key findings and products from research and illustrates how practice feeds back into and informs research. The conference creates a forum for two-way communication between the academic and practitioner communities.

- Community partner afternoon: engaging sessions from local practitioners demonstrating the impact of academic research on areas such as stroke rehabilitation, special education, mental health, clinicians, physical rehabilitation and accessibility.

- Practical workshops: workshops will be organised to explore various games, creating an interactive experience with the originators/developers.

- Exhibition: An exhibition space will be available for demonstrations and posters, and will be embedded in the conference and workshops area.

- Hackathon: several teams consisting of developers, designers and special education trainers will compete with each other to use various technologies (Android based games, Flash Games, Games Mods, XNA) to develop an educational application in just two days. The winner will take home a £250 prize award.
Scope
As guidance to participants on scope of papers and activities we state that: ‘Education’ includes both compulsory and post-compulsory education; ‘Disability’ includes physical, sensory and cognitive impairment; and the impact of interactive technologies and games on health and well-being is also a focus of this conference.  An emphasis is placed on practical applications and guides to where currently available training resources and tools can be found and used.  A selection of papers will be published electronically in full and presentations will be limited to 20 minutes for the key findings allowing time for questions from the floor.
Proceedings and Publication opportunities
Authors of successful ITAG15 papers can choose to submit to one of the following publications:

1. Journal of Assistive Technologies
The Journal of Assistive Technologies is published by Emerald. The journal is abstracted and indexed in: CINAHL, CPA’s AgeInfo, CPA’s New Literature on Old Age, EBSCO Abstracts in Social Gerontology, EBSCO Academic Search alumni/Complete/Elite/ Premier, Illustrata, Social Care Online, and Scopus.
If ITAG delegates choose to submit a paper to the Journal of Assistive Technologies (JAT), they should do so using ScholarOne Manuscripts at the Journal article submission site: Journal article submission site

Those submitting should pay particular attention to the Author Guidelines linked from this page, in order to ensure that papers meet the requirements regarding maximum length, referencing style and other issues. All papers submitted to JAT are double-blind peer-reviewed. Any further questions can be answered by the Editor: Chris Abbott – chris.abbott@kcl.ac.uk.

2. IEEE-XploreTM
A digital library which delivers full text access to the world’s highest quality technical literature in engineering and technology. The papers will be reviewed for technical merit and content and the accepted papers will appear in the proceedings, to be published by CPS. Publication templates are available for LaTeX and MS Word.

Authors will be informed of how to submit to the above publications in the acceptance notifications sent in July.
Previous special issues and publications have included:
• Journal of Assistive Technologies – Volume 3, issue 2, June 2009 (ITAG 2008 selected papers)
• Computers and Education – Volume 56, issue 1 (ITAG 2009 selected papers)
• International Journal of Games Based Learning – Volume 1, issue 4, 2011 (ITAG 2010 selected papers)
• Journal of Assistive Technologies – Volume 6 issue 3 (ITAG 2011 selected papers)
• International Journal of Game-Based Learning (ITAG12 selected papers)
• Journal of Assistive Technologies (ITAG13 selected papers)
• IEEE-XploreTM (ITAG14 selected papers)
• IEEE-XploreTM (ITAG15 selected papers)

Themes and topics

The conference encourages multidisciplinary papers and examples of themes and topics include (but don’t let this restrict you):

The conference encourages multidisciplinary papers. Examples of themes and topics include (but don’t let this restrict you):

Games and Education
• Serious Games for health scenarios
• Learning and instructional theory for games-based learning
• Serious games and community /cultural awareness
• Virtual environments for health
• Evaluation and future of games-based learning
• The psychology of serious games
• Hardware development for serious games
• Use of mobile games for learning

Assistive Technologies
• Human – Robot Interaction
• Quality of Life Technologies
• Mobile and Wearable Systems
• Applications to improve health and wellbeing of children and elderly
• Brain Computer Interfaces

Games and Psychology
• Psychology of games
• Motivations for playing (e.g., player typology)
• Video games’ psychosocial implications (e.g., gaming addiction, behavioural change, use of VR)
• Psychology of game design (e.g., immersion, realism, reward system)
• Player identity (e.g., clans and groups affiliation, avatar embodiment)

Submissions
Those wishing to present papers, or hold a workshop should prepare abstracts to a maximum of 500 words and for those hoping to exhibit or produce a poster, a 300-word abstract is required.
The deadline for submissions is Friday 6 May 2016 and abstracts should be submitted via the ITAG Easychair submission page.
Final copies of accepted papers will be required in advance of the Conference.

Key dates:
Abstract submission deadline                                         Friday 6 May 2016
Full paper submission deadline                                      Monday 1 June 2015
Acceptance notification                                                     Friday 3 July 2015
Camera-ready and author registration deadline     Monday 27 July 2015

We aim to keep the conference delegate rate to a minimum and also offer concessionary rates. Online booking will be available from May onwards.

Are you a professional involved in (inclusive / special) education, family of a child with learning difficulties / disabilities, working for social services, medical centre/authority, health care organization, social care organization, or a policy maker? Then this project and the survey could be of interest to you.

The 3-year project “Intelligent Serious Games for Social and Cognitive Competences” targets children and youth with learning difficulties / disabilities, teaching them on creativity and social competencies, using serious desktop and mobile games. In order to better define our work, we rely on your experiences. We kindly invite you to complete following questionnaire if applicable to you:

- English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ISG-EN

- Slovenian: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ISG-SL

- Hungarian: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ISG-HU

- Bulgarian: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ISG-BG

- Dutch: https://nl.surveymonkey.com/r/ISG-NL

All outcomes (training material, desktop and mobile games) of this project will be freely available in English, Slovenian, Turkish, Dutch, Bulgarian and Hungarian at the end of the project (August 2018).

Thank you in advance for your contribution,

ISG for Competence project team

This project (Intelligent Serious Games for Social and Cognitive Competence – 2015-1-TR01-KA201-022247) has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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The Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ict), in collaboration with AT&T, has published Internet of Things: New Promises for Persons with Disabilities. The white paper explores the impact of smart connected objects and devices on people with disabilities, and the potential of connected technology to improve independence and quality of life from home automation to applications in health care, transportation, education, and employment.

Link to white paper: http://g3ict.org/resource_center/publications_and_reports/p/productCategory_books/subCat_2/id_335

The iTag Hackathon is a computer programming and game design competition which teams participate internationally or locally here at the host Nottingham Trent University.

This hackathon is part of an IEEE academic conference called the Interactive Technologies and Games Conference (iTag). See more at http://itag.gamecity.org/.

Goal
The idea is to create a game (in the most general meaning of the idea) around the Hackathon theme* (secret: which will be revealed before the 72 hour period).

*The aim of the hackathon is to develop an application that can benefit an educational environment or provide enhanced accessibility to a specified user base. For those that wish to take part, all they need to do is register as either an individual or team on our website. All participants can either take part at a designated venue or remotely.

Voting
Voting by the iTag IEEE conference delegates will take place, winning and runner-up teams will be acknowledged officially by NTU and iTag. Winning team is also awarded a total cash prize of £250.

When?
The Hackathon is taking place from Thursday 20th of October 9am until Thursday the 22nd of October 5pm (GMT).

We would like to invite you to join us at the Interactive Games and Technologies (ITAG) Conference, to be held at the Nottingham Council House on Thursday 22 – Friday 23 October 2015.

Join our community of like-minded professionals

The aim of the conference is to bring together researchers and practitioners to collaboratively share and develop interactive projects and resources in the areas of health, education and disability.

The conference features talks, presentations and workshops from a diverse range of innovative speakers and practitioners who will provide you with inspiration, ideas and practical resources to take back into the workplace.

Visit our website to download the full conference schedule.

Highlights include…

Keynote lectures

“Interactive technologies and developmental disorders: Differences, needs and rewards”

Professor Kevin Durkin, University of Strathclyde
This presentation looks at how individuals with developmental disorders relate to new interactive technologies and considers their needs to make recommendations to achieve accessible solutions to promote well-being.

View full keynote synopsis >>

“Developing Natural user Interface Games for Health without coding”

Stephen Howell, Academic Engagement Manager, Microsoft
This presentation will show how the Xbox Kinect body tracking sensor can be programmed in a simple block based programming language (scratch) to create compelling interactive user experiences.

View full keynote synopsis >>

Workshops

  • Meurig Beynon, University of Warwick discusses his work on The Construit project
  • Explore the path to optimum brain health with Kim Baden-Kristensen, CEO and founder of Brain+

Community practitioner presentations

  • David Stewart, Head Teacher, Oakfield School and Sports College
  • Pip Logan, Associate Professor in Community Rehabilitation, University of Nottingham
  • Anthony Rhys, ICT Coordinator and Teacher, Trinity Fields School /Gesture SEN
  • Michael Craven, Senior Research Fellow: Technology. University of Nottingham
  • Zulfigar Khan, CEO, Great Health Care for the Community, Birmingham.

Book your ITAG Conference place

The conference includes refreshments, light lunch and an evening reception at the National Video Game Arcade.
We encourage you to share details of the conference with any colleagues who may share an interest in the area of interactive games and technologies.

View costs and book your place >>

Got a question

If you would like to find out more about the ITAG Conference, please contact us at itag@ntu.ac.uk. For conference updates, please see the ITAG website or follow us on twitter @ITAGConf. Share the conversation using #ITAG15

We look forward to welcoming you to the ITAG community.

Kind regards

The ITAG Steering Group

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The Entelis project released a survey on the certification methods in existence training pathways in ICT-AT (MSWord doc). After completion you can send it to Sonia.Staskowiak@easpd.eu.

European Network for Technology Enhanced Learning in an Inclusive Society

Why a new network?
Rapid advances in information and communication technologies are changing lifestyles across the globe, creating new opportunities for many people. However, people with disabilities and the elderly experience difficulties fully engaging with technology, and therefore are prevented from enjoying its benefits – this knowledge gap has to be reduced for political, social and economic reasons. Educating people about the benefits of Assistive Technology (AT) is central to addressing this problem, and creating the inclusive society demanded by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. In this context AT refers to any electronic device that enhances independence for people with disabilities. These assistive solutions are gateways to further learning, skills development, employment and the fulfilment of rights. Equally important is addressing the lack of wider digital competence amongst all citizens; investment in learning opportunities and training programmes will combat this, and increase participation in the information and communication society. A network is needed to share these ideas, and will be used to overcome fragmentation in policies and practices, gearing the efforts of many towards common goals; this network will be embedded in existing umbrella organisations in order to reach the largest audience.

What are the activities?
• Research, including living labs and the active participation of end users
• Seminars and other knowledge sharing events
• Project development workshops
• Policy development – foresight studies – roadmaps

What are the aims of ENTELIS?
We aim to help bridge the digital divide in Europe and worldwide by promoting the acquisition of digital skills (effective ICT and ICT-AT use) for the empowerment and independence of people with disabilities of all ages. Our strategy is to create a sustainable network for knowledge exchange, and to support policy development regarding:
ICT and ICT-AT learning of people with disabilities;
• The role of ICT and ICT-AT in educational processes that involve people with disabilities
Relevant information will be collected and made available to the network members. The network aims to have an impact at several levels, and will have the capacity to gear existing resources on an ‘as needs’ basis to impact future policy development.

Who are the stakeholders?
• People with disabilities of all ages and their carers
• Formal, informal and non formal education providers
• Assistive technology providers
• Service providers

Who is driving ENTELIS?
ENTELIS brings together 9 partners from across the EU and one organisation from the USA. The project members include several large European umbrella organisations as well as a number of national organisations, all providing a range of expertise on opportunities for people with disabilities and assistive technology. The network development is further supported by a large number of associate partners. For a full list, please consult the website. In the initial phase the project is supported by a grant from the European Commission under the Lifelong Learning Programme.

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If you feel like you can contribute to this network, please don’t hesitate to contact us, or visit www.entelis.net,