Category Archives: Mobile gaming

Gamebased Learning 2009

From the group that has organized some very successful Handheld Learning Conferences comes:

Game Based Learning, 19-20 March, The Brewery, Barbican, London

Video Games, Social Media and Learning.

Fun, Stimulating & Provocative

And that’s just the first afternoon…

Dear Colleague

This years Game Based Learning Conference has captured the imagination.

Demand for delegate places has been greater than expected leaving less than 100 places available from our initial allocation.

Perhaps this is because the event is unique. It brings together thought leaders, innovators and practitioners from the worlds of education, software and consumer electronics into a continuous dialogue about the impact of video games and social media on the quality of learning and teaching practice across school, higher education, public and business sectors.

With leading industry figures such as British Academy Fellowship Award winning, Nolan Bushnell, Ian Livingstone and Patrice Chazerand going head to head with leading educational innovators including Derek Robertson, Alice Taylor and Graeme Duncan, the stage is set for an inspiring and thought provoking 2 days opened by UK Cabinet Office Minister, Tom Watson.

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Read acclaimed educational technology writer Merlin John

It’s your conference, get involved!

The programme has been developed to offer something for every delegate as well as providing essential opportunities for discussion, networking and socialising.

Do you want to present something?

Then the unconference / Pecha Kucha session hosted by Dave Green of the London Games Fringe is for you. Everybody is welcome to present their ideas, work or experiences.

Got skills? Looking for skills?

Try the informal “business speed dating” that takes place during the breaks and networking sessions. Should you wish to erect a pop-up display, distribute flyers or connect with delegates in other ways this can be arranged by contacting our sales manager, Isabel Fernandes.

Interested in real world, best practice?

Look no further than the Game Based Learning in Practice session hosted by Derek Robertson, National Adviser for Emerging Technologies and Learning, LTS who will introduce leading initiatives by practitioners including Kim Applin, Steve Bunce and Dawn Hallybone.

How does industry respond to this emerging phenomenon?

If this is the question on your mind then the Industry Forum is the place to be. With participants including ISFE Secretary General, Patrice Chazerand, ELSPA Managing Director, Michael Rawlinson, ISFE Games and Education Liaison, Catherine Geeroms, Slitherine Director, Marco Minoli, Codemasters Chairman, Chris Deering and representatives from Becta, this session promises to be electric.

All this followed by an evening social reception with the keynote conference sessions the next day!

Do not miss this opportunity to be a part of this years Game Based Learning Conference. Register today.

See you there!

The Game Based Learning 2009 Team (meet us)
The Advisory Group (meet us)

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Mobile Learning 2009 in Barcelona

I won’t be able to go to this one, but I’ve heard it’s a good conference:
Barcelona, Spain, 26 to 28 February 2009
* Conference background and goals
User Created Content & Mobile Technologies: From Consumers to Creators bypassing the Learning opportunity?

Over the past three years Mobile and Social technologies have featured strongly in the Horizon Report series which examines emerging technologies likely to have an impact on teaching, learning. Mobile devices have progressed from an adoption projection of two to three years in 2006, to a much more imminent adoption prediction trajectory of a year or less in 2008. Whether earlier the educational value of mobile technologies was thought to be delivery of content to people’s devices, the emphasis now has clearing changed to focus on their capabilities that enable users creating and sharing content.    

The ‘former audience’ combines traditional activities such as searching, reading, watching and listening, with producing, commenting, sharing, and classifying its own content. New genres of filmmaking and photography where the message gains ground over the form are developing. The proliferation of user-created content is fuelled by the wide availability of at-hand mundane technology such as mobile telephones, and the wider broadcasting outlets. These are mainly web-based however increasingly user-created content such as videos of breaking news stories feature in traditional broadcasting channels as for instance television.
The increasing range of web 2.0 and mundane technology choices, facilitating the development of user-created content and providing opportunities to meet and collaborate, offers immense potential for teaching and learning. However, the danger remains that the transition from consumer to creator might miss the learning opportunity. Topics

The IADIS Mobile Learning 2009 International Conference seeks to provide a forum for the discussion and presentation of mobile learning research. In particular, but not exclusively, we aim to explore the transition from content consumer to content creator in experiences that take advantage of the learning opportunities this provides.


• Pedagogical approaches and theories for mLearning
• Collaborative, cooperative, and Contextual mLearning
• Creativity and mLearning
• Gaming and simulations in mLearning
• mLearning in educational institutions: primary, secondary and third level
• Informal and Lifelong mLearning  
• New tools, technologies, and platforms for mLearning
• User Studies in mLearning
• The social phenomenon of mobile devices and mLearning
• mLearning in developing countries
• Speculative ideas in mLearning: where next?

Scottish Research on Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training for Math Education


I came across some interesting work that has been done in Scottish schools with Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training. Following a trial study using the Brain Training software on a DS with three Primary 6 classes from schools in Dundee, a large-scale experiment was done with 32 classes in schools across Scotland (16 classes got the DS with Brain Training, the other 16 did not. Initial findings (however vague yet) seem to indicate some interesting results. The results will be shared at a seminar at the Scottish Learning Festival on 25th September, 2008. I for one am interested in seeing what the researchers found! 

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Back from Vacation, and the Carnivals Just Keep on Coming

After a short break, I’m back. While I was on vacation doing nothing, the Carnivals just kept on coming. Here are the most recent ones:

Carnival #133 at Vision Mobile (lots of posts about the iPhone 3G)

Carnival #134 at MoPocket (with a nice post about mobile learning by Judy Breck)

Carnival #135 at Mobile Point View (an Olympic-themed issue).


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Carnival of the Mobilists #130

And among all of the NECC action, there is also a new Carnival of the Mobilists at London Calling:

Another huge week in Mobile – Nokia acquires Symbian, Virgin buys Helio and I still haven’t got a Nokia E71 (my hints to Nokia are clearly not obvious enough…).

You’ll just have to head over to London Calling to see how this one ends!

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Carnival of the Mobilists #129

Yes, the Carnivals keep on coming! This week’s Carnival is hosted by Rudy de Waele at m-trends, where the topic of choice seems to be location-based services …

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Another Handheld Learning 2008 Update

handheldlearning 2008

As sent to me by Graham Brown-Martin:

As an extra we’re providing you with a discount code for all the SIGHC members and those attending the SIGHC Forum at NECC that provides an additional 5% discount on registration against the already discounted early bird registration that includes the free Nintendo DS and game as well as access to the Handheld Learning Awards on the Monday evening (13th October). The registration fee is only £275 until July 31st and then it goes up to £325 then £375. All registrations include access all to all sessions and breakouts, attendance at the party and refreshments, lunches etc. Only the early birds get free Nintendo’s.

The code gets a 5% reduction onthese registration fees.

The code is sighchhl08 (case sensitive)

Those also thinking of coming for mLearn 2008 the week before can save money by registering for HHL 08 first with the 5% code and then get their 10% discount code from us for mLearn registration. Furthermore those flying Virgin can get a 10% discount on the lowest published price via our agreement with Virgin Atlantic.

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