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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March 18, 2009

Games in Schools: community of practice

As a follow-up to the online teachers' survey that some of you may have participated in, on the use of electronic games in school across Europe, we are delighted to announce the launch of our online community of practice which we warmly invite you to take part in. This community of practice will provide you with a unique opportunity to voice your concerns, ask questions, share positive experiences and generally become more knowledgeable and confident about the next steps you should take to successfully integrate the use of games in your classroom. The community is available at http://gamesinschools.ning.com/.

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