It is a well-known established fact throughout the many-dimensional worlds of the multiverse that most really great discoveries are owed to one brief moment of inspiration. There’s a lot of spadework first, of course, but what clinches the whole thing is the sight of, say, a falling apple or a boiling kettle or the waterContinue reading “NUMROS”

A good idea goes a long way!

I am borrowing heavily from an inspired game based learning idea created by a colleague of mine named Phillip Arneill. This gaming template has become so successful in my school that it has been adapted and replicated for a wide variety of lesson types and learning opportunities. I would say there are at least four different teachers who haveContinue reading “A good idea goes a long way!”

Games are bloody great!

What makes a game great? Challenge without being overly difficult. I think back to a game which I found incredibly frustrating when I first started playing it. However it became more accessible as I became more familiar with the game mechanics and controls – Disney’s Castle of illusion. This game also has a beautiful narrativeContinue reading “Games are bloody great!”

I’d rather be a farmer!

From the ages of 17 to 22 years old, I spent numerous Christmas, Easter and Summer holidays working in a variety of factories. I have worked in furniture factories, crisp factories, video-packaging factories; I have even worked in slaughterhouses. During my time in these factories, I worked in various locations found inside most modern factories. These included the assembly line, the packaging zone, theContinue reading “I’d rather be a farmer!”

Player Two’s Turn

An extract from a conversation which took place between two teachers playing the teaching game! Player 1: Games in the classroom? I don’t understand! Player 2: What don’t you understand? Player 1: know games are games. They aren’t learning. Player 2: Yes they are.  Player 1: How?  Player 2: Well, children learn to playContinue reading “Player Two’s Turn”

I say! Anyone for a game of cards?

Gamification, Game-based learning, Using games in the classroom, Gametime, Gamelearn…So many names and ideas connected by the word ‘Game’ when it comes to education. And why is that? Simple – because it is one of the most important learning methods ever created. And another thing – unlike many other aspects of learning – it is FUN! In my caseContinue reading “I say! Anyone for a game of cards?”