April 20, 2010

Resources: Football and science - do they mix?

With 50,000 users, Footee is a highly popular free online education resource that builds on football’s appeal to young people 6-12 and their love of games, competition and social networking to make learning effective and fun. European Schoolnet is working to make the resources relevant to learners across Europe and among the many games are 14 that develop scientific understanding. Do topics like Forces and motion, materials and their properties and physical processes sound dull? Maybe not Beach Dodger, Floodlight Failure and Hit the Target though, but children can learn about science while playing these games.

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April 14, 2010

Games in Schools Handbook for teachers now in Norwegian!

The Games in Schools Handbook has now been translated into Norwegian. You can access it here on the blog:

http://games.eun.org/2009/09/teachers_handbook_on_how_to_us_1.html#more

ISFE (the Interactive Software Federation of Europe who commissioned the study) say that there has been much interest in the handbook, and they are considering to translate it into other languages. Watch this space for possible further translations in the future!

The handbook, in addition to the full Games in Schools study, has received a lot of interest also in countries outside of the study's focus group. The study has now been presented in Sweden, Austria, Italy and Switzerland, where the handbook was particularly appreciated for being a user-friendly guide for teachers interested in starting to use games in their lessons. The study was also presented at the European Parliament at the European Internet Foundation's breakfast debate on ''Smart learning: video games and other technologies” on 14 April 2010. The link to the programme (and soon the presentation) can be accessed here:

http://www.eifonline.org/en/fiches/events/upcoming-events/10-04-14-breakfast-videogames.cfm?event=11067

April 09, 2010

Citizenship through football-based resources

With a summer of football ahead, harness children's passion for the game by using free resources to stimulate discussion related to personal development and citizenship. UEFA have published ten free lessons based on being in a team and winning and losing for the Grassroots Day campaign and European Schoolnet is supporting the initiative. Each 90-minute lesson is, like a football match, divided into two halves. Teamwork topics covered include What makes a great team, Developing and achieving goals, Co-operation and communication, Developing confidence and self-belief, and Respecting and taking care of yourself. Winning and losing topics are Does losing equal failure, Pros and cons of winning and losing, The benefits of rules, Accepting the consequences, and What makes a good supporter?

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