Next week (13th – 15th October) I will be spending three days representing East Lothian and Learning and Teaching Scotland at Handheld Learning in London – during the conference I will be presenting on how we have been using Games Based Learning in the Musselburgh Cluster. I will be putting a particular focus on how, as a developing leader, I have managed to implement various initiatives within the cluster. I will also be talking about how valuable I think Games Based Learning is for Young People.
The conference programme gives a more detailed description:
‘It is often argued that making games based learning happen in a secondary school is more of a challenge than it is in the primary setting. What with subject areas generally being seen as discrete and timetabling making it more difficult to spend the necessary time to get into a game which could then enable the ensuing educational enquiry to begin and flourish. However, at Musselburgh Grammar School this challenge has been met. This presentation will focus on how the management team and teachers at Musselburgh Grammar School have taken games based learning forward in an innovative yet strategic manner. Come along to hear how games such as Guitar Hero, Big Brain Academy and Buzz the Schools’ Quiz are helping to challenge and extend learners of all attitudes and abilities. Games based learning can happen successfully in the secondary setting; this presentation will show you how you can make it work it for you.’
You can also read about what they wrote about me on the Handheld Learning Website here.
As a warm up to the Handheld Learning Festival this week I will be writing a series of five posts on the use of the iPhone in Education. As with my Google Earth API Posts these posts will be published at 6pm between Monday 6th October to Friday 10th October.
I’ve enjoyed writing them today and I hope that you enjoy reading them!