June 19, 2009

The Games in School Community of Practice Report now available

European Schoolnet is pleased to announce that The Games in Schools Community of Practice report is now available. The community's large number of 548 members attests to the topic's interest as it continues to enjoy a high profile. The report summarizes the discussions which took place between members of the community in the weeks leading up to the Games in School final conference on 5 May 2009 at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, where the results of the study How are digital games used in schools? (European Schoolnet, 2009) were launched. The topics covered were partly chosen in relation to the issues dealt with in Digital games in schools: A handbook for teachers (European Schoolnet, 2009), soon to be published. The topics included definitions, examples, benefits, and issues of concern related to games based learning. Other topics addressed were commercial of the shelf games versus bespoke educational games, and the existing evidence base and future of games based learning.

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June 16, 2009

Games in Schools Teachers' Survey Winners!

European Schoolnet's Games in Schools project is coming to an end, now that the final conference has taken place, the reports have been released, and the teachers' handbook is soon to be published... but is it Game Over? No, Try Again! European Schoolnet is proud to announce that as a thank you to the teachers who took part in the teachers' survey, 8 winners from the study's focus countries have each been awarded an X-Box console together with 7 digital games (including: Harry Potter, Shrek, Lego Star Wars, Bee Movie, Transformers, Kung Fu Panda, and Hotwheels) as well as copies of the study's synthesis and final reports. We hope these prizes will help the winning teachers start or continue enjoying the benefits of games based learning with their students. The winners who have claimed their prizes so far come from:

- Austria
- Denmark
- England
- France
- Italy
- Spain

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