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Ton de JongTon de Jong studied cognitive psychology (cum laude) at the University of Amsterdam and received a PhD in Technological Sciences from the Eindhoven University of Technology on the topic ‘problem solving and knowledge representation in physics for novice students’. Currently he is full professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Twente, Faculty of Behavioral Sciences where he is department head of the department Instructional Technology. He was project manager of the EC projects SERVIVE, KITS, AND CO-LAB in which simulation and gaming was the central didactical approach, and several national projects including the ZAP project. In the ZAP project interactive simulations for psychology were developed that are sold worldwide. For ZAP and SimQuest he has won a number of international prizes. From March 2008 onwards he is the coordinator of the EC 7th framework IP SCY (Science Created by You) that will develop a multimedia learning environment for science topics. Ton de Jong published over 100 journal articles and book chapters and is on the editorial board of six ISI journals. In 2006 he published a paper in Science on inquiry learning with computer simulations.
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Lech MankiewiczLech Mankiewicz, scientist and educator, director of a prestigious Center for Theoretical Physics of Polish Academy of Science, shares his time between construction and operation of robotic telescopes and educational projects. Since 2000 he has been involved in the Hands-On Universe, a consortium of scientists and educators working on bringing modern science into the classroom. Participating students analyze hands-on exoplanet transit data from Spitzer Orbital Telescope, use low-cost CCD webcams to observe the sky in school observatories, use remotely controlled educational telescopes in their classrooms, discover asteroids or hunt for supernovae. Recently the project has received the Silver Award of the European Commission in the category "Information and Communication Technologies".

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Leszek RudakLeszek Rudak is a graduate of the Faculty of Mathematics, Computer sciences and Mechanics of the University of Warsaw. He received a PhD in pure mathematics also from UW. By more than 25 years of his work in the Institute of Mathematics at UW he was interested in both pure mathematics (logics, foundation of computer science and universal algebra) and the didactics of mathematics. Among other, he led, together with K. Dałek, students seminar entitled "New technologies in the teaching mathematics", by many years. In years 2000-2003 he was a Coordinator of the Polish Group T3 - Teacher Teaching with Technology. He took part in many European research projects on education (e.g. Calibrate). He is a textbooks expert of Ministry of the National Education. He wrote many research papers in the area of universal algebra, didactics of mathematics and methodology of e-learning and as a co-author the textbook of mathematics for high school and interactive mathematics lessons in the project Universal Curriculum. He is also the author of many press articles popularizing mathematics and its use in computer science. At present, he is the Deputy Director of the Centre of Open and Multimedia Education of the University of Warsaw and the member of the Editorial Board of the internet scientific periodic "Edu@kcja".

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Denis WhitelockDenis Whitelock is a Senior Lecturer in Educational Technology, Institute of Educational Technology.
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Title of CBLIS keynote talk: Where are we going with Computer Based Learning in Science?
Abstract: This paper will review some of the major milestones in Computer Based Learning in Science and reflect upon the challenges that we face in moving forward with our 'Net Generation' of students.

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