This is where I make up for swiping at policy makers (sorry Becta) and take my proverbial hat off to Learning and Teaching Scotland (LTS). In the first week of May Cathrin and I lead a Neverwinter Nights game authoring workshop for teachers organised by the excellent Derek Robertson
of LTS. It was part of a year pilot program to trial game making software in Scottish classrooms. Teachers from 8 local authorities had the opportunity to spend 2.5 days learning how to use a game authoring package (Thinking Worlds
, Mission Maker
or Neverwinter Nights
). Their mission was then to return to their classes and let the kids loose with it. Presumably Derek has a master plan of how to gather research data documenting how they get on.
Cathrin and I were very impressed by our group of teachers, who were from Dundee and Fife. We had a teacher who works with children with special behavioural needs, an English teacher, a p6 teacher, a computing teacher and a member of staff from LTS. They were all star pupils - enthusiastic, committed, perceptive! Curiously, the men seemed to have an interest in domestic concerns in their games. One game featured a crotched suit of armour and another was all about getting the ingredients to make a cake. Aw.. bless! As far as I know all the teachers have already started using the software with their classes so I am keen to find out how they get on. Being star pupils, they have already posted to the LTS blog about it: