Games for inclusion: piecing together the European jigsaw


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Games for inclusion: piecing together the European jigsaw

  1. 1. Games for inclusion: piecing together the European jigsaw Roger Blamire Patrizia Lotti Silvia Panzavolta Terry Waller
  2. 2. Overview • The jigsaw pieces: – Inclusion in Europe – Games in schools in Europe • Joining the pieces: networking and connecting – European Schoolnet – SENnet: • Research and innovation – Themes: mainstreaming, Universal Design for Learning, games • Improving access to digital content • Teacher education and support
  3. 3. Evidence from research • Benefits include – Contextualized problem-solving spaces – Engaging, individualized learning – Bridging in- and out-of-school learning – High emotional impact – Communities of practice – Embedded assessment • Move from description of benefits to how learners can benefit
  4. 4. Examples of games: Italy a special case of an accessible videogame: Nicolas Eymerich, The producer
  5. 5. Examples of games: Italy Video on Youtube,
  6. 6. Examples of games: Italy • • • • • • • Description: the Inquisitor audio game is an adaptation of the Nicolas Eymerich adventure game and is playable in English, Latin and Italian, by tapping an iPad with one or two fingers by blind people; it is compliant with Italian guidelines for dyslexic people Target group: as of 12 years and + Languages: Italian, English, Latin UD approach: version for blind is the same 3D scenario with additional audio instructions (as the blind testing the game preferred a game with the same level of complexity instead of a simplified version); the version in Latin was made by a blind Latinist Feedback: positive feedback on the fact that mainstream content was adopted (instead of producing specific “politically correct” content) Cost: the app costs 13 Euro, and there have been almost 1000 downloads so far with no promotion (70% in the US). Even so it is difficult to market such a product globally – the producer writes on blogs and uses social media channels. Producer: TiconBlu Srl,
  7. 7. Examples of games: Italy • Useful links: – To find easy and quick info about the game functions: ng=eng – Forum topic on talking about the Inquisitor Audiogame: – Impressions that blind users had: link to the iOS version on iTunes: – International trailer:
  8. 8. Workflow to create a videogame • as teaching tools to reach an educational objective, the teacher creates their own game according particular goals, the teacher adapts a video game to a new class or a particular student • as learning tools to reach an educational objective, the teacher creates a video game with the students of the class learning takes place through the steps of operation for the making of the videogame; whole class participates and tasks are distributed according to different students' skills
  9. 9. Effective use of videogames 1. Teacher puts the contents of an educational goal in narrative form 2. Teacher or the class does the screenplay (events related to interactions) 3. Teacher or the class puts together all the necessary resources (photographs, drawings, films, music …) 4. Teacher or the class realizes the game using an authoring tool
  10. 10. Authoring tool Adventure Maker Live Code Unity 3D
  11. 11. Examples Pilot courses made in the project learning game ( Manual for the application of Videogames and Multimedia for educational and training purposes
  12. 12. Examples from other countries
  13. 13. Belgium • WaiNot – Safe and fun environment for those with learning difficulties • Monkey Tales – Adaptive maths games
  14. 14. Netherlands • Heelseeker (Planet Commander) – Managing effects of ADHD – Video clip • Kung Fu Kitchen and Theraplay – Kinect – Cognitive and physical challenges
  15. 15. Austria • Lifetool: games for children with disabilities – Play with me – Wheel Sim – Puzzle World – Switch Trainer
  16. 16. Towards wider adoption of games in schools Despite compelling [educational, economic and technological] reasons for large-scale adoption of games in learning, formal learning is still a few years away from embracing games as mainstream practice. Significant barriers prevent their integration within curricula, including: relevance; accuracy and appropriateness of content; difficulty of adaptation; negative stakeholder perception of learning achieved; lack of time; other resources available to teachers; suitability for adults; child safety; costs of technology and gender issues.
  17. 17. Discussion points • Which pieces of the jigsaw are missing? • What needs to be done?
  18. 18. Contacts • • • • • SENnet website Roger Blamire: Patrizia Lotti: Silvia Panzavolta : Terry Waller: This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.