One of the big things coming from the 2010 Games Based Learning Conference was the power of narrative and the importance of story telling in education. James Huggins, Managing Director from Made in Me did a fantastic presentation on his companies new creation ‘Land of Me’. I have to be honest I was completely blown away by the quality of the finished product but in particular the thought and detailed research that had gone into getting it just right.
The Land of Me is a new world of interactive games for children aged 2 and up. Each chapter has been designed to inspire creativity and playful learning but you’ll probably be having too much fun to notice!
It really is beautifully designed and the story chapters contain well developed characters such as Eric the Raccoon, Willow the Owl and Buddy Boo the Bear. The chapters are also full of mystery to allow lots of open ended direction and discussion between children, parents and teachers.
Each chapter also has a more clearly defined learning objective such as:
The world is explored by a really cool interactive map and James and the team have plans to introduce more chapters, stories and adventures over time.
Watch James’s presentation from Games Based learning below – before you watch it I think it’s really important to emphasize that James doesn’t give a sales pitch. He just wonderfully describes why stories and open ended imagination are so important within a modern education system!