This blog contains my personal musings on games, learning, computers, engagement, fun, playfulness, technology, and other stuff that takes my fancy.
playful thoughts on games and learning
I was lucky enough to be invited to give a keynote talk last week at the Future of Technology in Education Conference. Although a bit knackered, after a 5am flight from another conference in Cork, I managed to get through it in one piece, and the feedback from twitter was very kind (although the ability [...]
A couple of weeks ago I attended the first Irish Symposium on Game-Based Learning, hosted by Patrick Felicia at the Waterford Institute of Technology. I felt that this was a well-designed event, offering perspectives from schools, universities and commercial training organisations. The keynote presentation is available on Patrick’s blog, an, as always, Alex Moseley offers [...]
A couple of weeks ago, I was invited up to Dundee to present at Game To Learn 2. It was a good day, and I saw some excellent presentations, notably by Daniel Livingstone, Michelle Hoyle and Greg Hodgeson, who is doing some very interesting things to support learners as game creators. I presented a talk [...]
It’s some way off yet, but this year’s European Conference on Game-Based Learning will be hosted in Athens on 20-21 October. As well as the general call for papers, there are a number of mini-tracks, including one chaired by myself and Alex Moseley. The call says: Across the world, education is being hit hard by [...]
It’s been a busy month, and things are piling up in my ‘things to blog about folder’. So, I’m going to get a couple of these up here now. First off is what looks like an good event, Game To Learn: Take 2! hosted by The Consolarium. It seems to be very much oriented to [...]
Last week I was invited to give a seminar to OUCS and rather than a more usual games talk, I decided to consider the role of fun in learning. This is a topic that seems to come up regularly at meetings and events I attend, and one that polarises opinion, so I thought it might [...]