Archive for April, 2008
- April 27th, 2008
- Derek Robertson
- Comments: 2 Comments » Tags: : Categories Dundee City
Recently it was announced that LTS’ very own Laurie O’Donnell was given the great honour of being named as one of the Global Six by the George Lucas Foundation. Laurie was recognised for his work in leading developments with technology in Scottish Education. The people at the Foundation were particularly take with the vision that was and has become Glow. Congratulations to Laurie for this, such recognition helps to affirm that you are most certainly on the right lines!
Through Laurie’s links with Edutopia we had the pleasure of welcoming Milton Chen and Steve Arnold to Scotland last week. This was so that these gentleman could find out a little bit more about the work that LTS is doing in helping to lead developments with technology in Scottish schools. Andrew Brown from LTS took care of the programme for the Thursday and I had to organise the Friday programme.
After meeting Milton and Steve at the train station I was given time to share with them the work that we have been doing at the Consolarium. They were really taken with what I told them about and were particularly interested in our Dr Kawashima, Guitar Hero and Nintendog projects. In order to try and bring what we do to life for them we organised a visit to Clepington PS in Dundee to see a P.6 class who have been using Sonic and Mario at the Olympics for the Wii as the contextual hub for a cross-curricular project.
The children had recently held an open afternoon for parents so that they could show them the work that they had been doing with the game. I asked the children what their parents had thought of this idea of using a Wii in class and they said:
“…my mum and dad thought it was nonsense and that we were just playing games. That was until they saw what we had been doing and they couldn’t believe it. They were really impressed.”
“…parents think that games rot your brain but they don’t, they help you think and get smarter. My parents thought the project was magnificent…even great!”
“…my mum was dead surprised that I was doing all this writing. I don’t normally like writing but I didn’t mind it in this project.”
Milton and Steve spent time talking to the children at all the learning stations that were set up and they were impressed with the level of motivation and enthusiasm that was clearly in evidence but also impressed with the confident and articulate way they engaged with their American visitors.
A quick visit to Charleston PS to see one of the classes involved with the extended DS project was planned for the afternoon. A warn welcome was given by Chris Smith, Depute Head, and the P.6 class. We asked the children how they were all getting on with the DS and then watched them take their Brain Age check. It looks as though they are getting to grips with the game and making progress already!
Thanks to both schools who made themselves available to us that day and for giving such a warm welcome to our visitors. I know they had a very enjoyable and interesting day.More
- April 16th, 2008
- Derek Robertson
- Comments: 2 Comments » Tags: : Categories Glow
The Consolarium now has a presence in Glow, our national schools intranet. If you are a teacher in Scotland and you have access to Glow then please feel free to join our national group. Just select this link, login and when the page appears click the ‘request access’ button
We are looking forward to building a vibrant games based learning community via Glow and as such we need your involvement. Looking forward to hearing from and working with you.More
- April 15th, 2008
- Derek Robertson
- Comments: 1 Comment Tags: Tags: Consolarium, games based learning, Kawashima, LTS
: Categories Aberdeenshire, Dundee City, East Ayrshire, Nintendo, Western Isles
The past two weeks have been rather hectic, with the promise of more of the same next week. I’m writing this post from the Western Isles EDC offices in Stornoway having completed another leg of the LTS extended Dr Kawashima project.
Last year we carried out a small-scale intervention using Nintendo DS & Dr Kawashima in a P.5/6 class in Dundee. Thew results proved to be so interesting that we managed to access funds that has allowed us to extend this to 16 schoolsd with Nintendo with 16 control groups. The methodology is very similar to what we did last year with the exception that we only have Nintendo groups and control groups this time around and the fact we are using different measures to the Burnett Self-Scale that we used last year. So now things are well under way…
We had a great start last week in Aberdeenshire schools that are taking part. It was an experience, to say the least, to have some headteachers waiting at the front door for my arrival and then to be welcomed with the excited exclamation, “It’s the Nintedno man!” The pre and post tests went like clockwork, no small thanks to Anna Rossvoll, Alison Butcher and Caroline Denning from the ‘Shire’s ICT team as well as Elizabeth Cole from HMIe. What a team!
This week has seen me carrying out the needful in the Western Isles with my colleague from the University of Dundee, Dr David Miller doing likewise in the participating Dundee schools. Next week will see us both doing the same in our partner schools in East-Ayrshire.
I’ve always said that teaching is a great career but it’s an added bonus to see the gleeful reactions and to hear the gasps of disbelief when we tell ther children that they are getting to use the DS in class, and that we are giving them one each for the 10 week duration of the project. Good times.
We’ll all be back to visit the schools to carry out the post-tests in 10 weeks time and then for the analysis…More