It's that time of year again when we get a chance to see the range of wonderful (and not so wonderful) educational resources on show at BETT. This years's event is as huge as ever but with the noteable exceptions of the BBC and Apple it appears. Drat, I always like to use their electric guitars with Garageband!
Anyway, I'm here with Kim Aplin (the teacher who set the standard for using Guitar Hero in school) my new colleague. She is the Consolarium's new Development Officer and we have been busy milling about the exhibition to see what their is that we could use in out work at the Consolarium.
First shout must go out to the team at 2Simple Software. We had the pleasure of meeting up with our ex-LTS colleague Alan Yeoman who now works as an educational consultant with 2Simple. In his usual ebullient , enthusiastic and educationally focused manner he took us on a tour of 2 Do It Yourself. This lovely little application has the potential to introduce the concept of game design to very young children. Simple menus, simple ideas, simple interface but in depth and quality learning will, I believe, come out of pupil interaction with this app. We watched as he very quickly and very easily created a few games that I'm sure P.2 child and above could cope with. They could very easily create their own games that their peers could play. This type of low technology skill threshold software is what can work in class in my opinion. Teachers would get success with this quite quickly and they could then use this to engage their children in rich and purposeful learning with ICT where they are the creator and not just the consumer of digital media.
I suggest you take a look at this excellent addition to the range of resources that can be used to help deliver the design aspect og games based learning.