Hello #LEGup crew!
Our first February presenter will be Alex Warren, the creator of Quest, a free open-source system for creating and playing text adventure games. He runs its website textadventures.co.uk (http://textadventures.co.uk/) where people can share the games they've created.
Alex quit his job last year to concentrate on Quest full-time. He's working with a number of schools who are starting to use text adventures in the classroom, within both ICT and English lessons - and he believes they have many more uses across other subject areas.
He'll be giving a quick introduction to Quest, doing a brief demo and talking about his plans for the future of the product. He'll direct some of his attention to the theme "strategies for success" (which will be a group discussion, rather than a lecture). He'd also love to get people's feedback on how he can spread the reach of Quest in schools.
Next up, we have #LEGup's founding members: Wayne Holmes and Ben Barton from zondle (http://www.zondle.com/publicPages/welcome.aspx) (a site where kids play games to support their learning across the curriculum).
Ben Barton has worked for 20 years in educational publishing (books, software, games). He has worked for Pearson, Letts, founded Rising Stars and zondle and also consults for a variety of companies on marketing to schools.
Wayne Holmes has been involved in education all his life! After being a student for as long as he could, he was first a college lecturer, then a video director of education documentaries and producer of several games-based learning titles, and most recently Head of Research for a national education charity. Currently, he is finishing a doctorate in games-based learning at the University of Oxford, and helping to develop zondle.
Their presentation will be entitled 'Chocolate-covered broccoli: games-based learning and zondle'. The presentation will cover terminology (simulations, games, and chocolate covered broccoli), games-based solutions in search of problems, and zondle (what it is, what we're trying to achieve, and how we're doing).
This is going to be a great session, especially for those interested in marketing to schools. Hope to see some of the newer #LEGup members in attendance.