Archive for March, 2011

Game To Learn conference

March 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Dundee College and the University of Abertay, Dundee hosted the Game To Learn conference this week. The event organised by LTS Consolarium and JISC attracted over 300 delegates and focussed on the use of video games in education.
The conference started with a 24 hour codebash with 9 teams competing to make an educational game in 24 hours. The Friday event was focussed on further and higher education and offered a variety of keynotes, seminars and workshops from educators and games industry professionals, all hosted at Dundee College’s Kingsway campus.
The following day at the University of Abertay the event was intended for primary and secondary educators and again featured a mix of inspiring keynotes and seminars, and practical workshops. As well as the programme of seminars and workshops there was also a series of competitions, games to play and fantastic networking opportunities. The range of gaming activities that are going on in schools around the country are truly inspiring and are proving to be very motivating for students as well as educationally relevant. Classes are using off the shelf games to augment traditional teaching and some schools are creating games in a process that is unlocking creativity and fulfilling the requirements of Curriculum for Excellence.
Perhaps because of the influence of Learning Teaching Scotland’s Consolarium, it seems that the most innovation with games technology is happening in Primary and Secondary schools, and that Tertiary education is being left behind. I think this has implications for the future of colleges and universities who may not live up to the expectations of future learners as they continue to work with more traditional teaching methods and fail to embrace technological advances as quickly as other sectors of education. The tertiary education sector was terribly underrepresented in the conference, which is the same observation I’ve made at other conferences I’ve attended in recent years. I have no answers to why this is the case, but it worries me, and desperately needs to be addressed.
The conference, however, was superb. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the sessions I attended and enjoyed presenting my two workshops. I learned lots, was inspired, met old acquaintances and also made some new friends in the sector. My personal learning network has been greatly extended and I hope I’m able to give back to that network as much as I have gained from it.

Videos of the Game to Learn keynotes:

  1. Friday morning keynotes – Daniel Livingstone, University of the West of Scotland & Nicola Whitton, Manchester Metropolitan University
  2. Friday afternoon keynotes – Michelle Hoyle on World of Warcraft

Teachmeet Fife 11

March 16, 2011 1 comment

Fife held its first Teachmeet last night at Carnegie College in Dunfermline.

Organised by Olivia Wexelstein, Leona Tindall, Jenny Harvey and myself the event had around 70 in-person attendees and around 30 virtual attendees who joined the live stream via Adobe Connect.

Presentations included:

  1. pupils from Wellwood Primary telling us about their digital literacy projects
  2. Sharon Ollis on Outdoor Learning
  3. Val Kennedy on teaching alcohol awareness
  4. Nick Hood on literacy skills in science

There were several other presentations, which can be read about on Nick Hood’s blog, but as ‘technical support’ for the night I had my hands full most of the evening, so didn’t manage to catch all of the evening’s lineup.

Recordings of some of the presentations are available here:

  1. Part One
  2. Part Two
Categories: Conference, CPD, teaching

Flash Games webinar – 3rd March 2011

This week’s webinar for Scotland’s Colleges covered the creation of a simple version of the classic video game ‘Frogger’.

The game was created using Adobe Flash and Actionscript 3.

Here is a link to the recording of the webinar.

Categories: Adobe, Game Design, teaching