Games-Based Learning

Games-Based Learning self-reflection

Notes on a failed lesson

  At the very start of this session I used the idea of simple games to get to know my Higher Computing class and clearly define the importance of rules, structure and boundaries when problem solving. They had the option to play War, Shove Ha’penny or Penny Football and learn how to win (or at […]

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Reflection on use of Safari Photo Africa as stimulus for P7 writing

Over the last few weeks I’ve been using Safari Photo Africa with a P7 class to inspire their writing. As I see them once a week we have been creating podcast material since August but the interest was definitely beginning to wane. I decided that first-hand experience of an African safari would inspire them to […]

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Getting ready for a safari

Tomorrow I take my laptop, preloaded with Safari Photo Africa – Wild Earth, to the Junior school to immerse the class in a scenario closely linked to the work they are doing with their primary teacher. I only have an hour with them, so want to make sure everything is set up to work as […]

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Threshold adventurers, my reflections on #SLF11

On Wednesday this week I attended my first Scottish Learning Festival at the SECC in Glasgow. The first seminar was entitled Literacy Through Technology. HT of Dalmarnock Primary Nancy Clunie explained how the school first used blogs, wikis, then a dedicated website to engage the entire school in an international exchange through the Comenius programme […]

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Games-Based Learning self-reflection

FIFA Thursday

It is nearly the end of term and the assessments for the year are finished. The restructured S3/4 course has been designed so that the pupils are engaged in creating their own multimedia applications – hence there have been few calls for a rest day as they have been making and playing each other’s games […]

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[Hotel Dusk] Game evaluation & possible use in a drama context

Late one afternoon in February an excited, inspired Drama probationer arrived in my classroom. She, as well as other Aberdeenshire probationer teachers, had just received a presentation on Games-Based Learning by the Aberdeenshire GLOW team. She’d been tipped off that I was into GBL and wanted to know more about how games consoles could be […]

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[Little Big Planet] Inverurie Academy at GBL10 (Virtually)

I just want to draw attention to a Consolarium blog post from Brian McLaren which focuses on Games Based Learning projects in Scottish schools. Little Big Planet is being used in one other Scottish secondary school (that I know about) – Grangemouth High. I recommend you watch Brian’s video (and get your CV ready) and […]

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[Little Big Planet] Presentation to educators, Monday 19th April 2010

On Monday the S5/6 students and myself presented the completed level and background information on the project to a hand-picked audience consisting of Ian Hamilton, DHT at Inverurie Academy; Anita Weir, Faculty Head of Business & Information Systems at Inverurie Academy; Jennifer Clark, Faculty Head of Support For Learning at Inverurie Academy; Jill Florence, Head […]

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9 Ways to use Tap Farm as a Games-Based Learning Stimulus

http://docs.google.com/present/embed?id=df87hq38_8fdfrfkgt This Google Document is collaborative, please feel free to add your ideas.

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iTeam Progress 19/3/2010

The team have been busy this week. On Tuesday lunchtime Natasha visited Market Place Primary (with cameraman Ricky in tow) to ask the P1 pupils to draw pictures to embed into the level. Although nervous, she did an excellent job and inspired the class teacher Mrs Allen to start a group discussion on the kind of pictures […]

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