It was with great delight and utter surprise that I found myself being the lucky recipient of the Special Achievement Award at last night's Handheld Learning Awards event. This is a great accolade for me but mostly for all the local authority partners, teachers and children in Scotland who have so willingly embraced the idea of using non-traditonal ICTs in teaching and learning.
To good teachers who want to use good tools to enable good learning the concept of using commercially available games is an obvious one, particularly when they get a chance to actually play them and reflect on what impact they may have on the cognitive and affective development of children. I'm really pleased that our work has gone some way to changing the discourse about the place of games in learning and I feel that this award in some affirms or/and validates what we have are all about.
It must also be said that this would not have happened had Learning and Teaching Scotland not create the space that allowed me to establish the Consolarium and to get myself out there in schools across Scotland. It's great to be involved with a national organisation that is prepared to take informed risks that will help us continue to explore how we can ensure that the learner experience is as good as it can be.
Thank you to all those who are in some way connected with this award finding its way in to my possession.