I spent yesterday afternoon seeing the final stage of a Falkirk Guitar Hero Transition project led by Stacey Collier-West. The project brought together children from Maddiston, Shieldhill, Avonbridge and Whitecross Primary Schools who have been using the game as a context for learning since the Easter holidays and yesterday bringing all of the children from the schools for a parent showcase.
The emerging transition model for this project that continues to develop since we first conceived it back in 2008 continues to outstand me. Children are captivated by the learning involved and in the worlds of one parent that I spoke to today:
“He is not board of school anymore”and another….
“It is the first time that she has spoken about school like this since Primary 4”What I really liked about the showcase today (and we will post video and more details on the Consolarium Blog) is that the all of the children (apart from two and they were off sick!) got up on stage and performed for their parents and the wider school community.
There were at least 50 people in the audience in the afternoon and the evening performance was standing room only! The assembly hall had been decorated by the children and you could buy ‘band merchandise’ and a CD of all their songs that had all been deigned by the children. It was wonderful.
The performance was spectacular for a number of reasons including:
- Everyone performed (some were nervous - but they still performed)
- Some groups sung live and other mimed (with style!)
- Each group had re-written the lyrics to well know songs
- The lyrics were fantastic (they were mostly about their primary schools!)
- The groups all had a great dance routines
- As the children performed they played animations that they had written (it was very school of rock!).
- The animation included a record of all the other work they had done (photographs, writing, numeracy, enterprise, social studies, science… the lot!)
- There were wonderful ‘band names’ and some fabulous costumes. My favorite being RoboPOP!
Overall a great afternoon and another wonderful evolution of the project!If your interested in using Guitar Hero and computer games as a context for learning and transition. There are some more details and a video about how we did the original transition project here.