Learning through gaming

Allen Heard, Head of Computing at Ysgol Bryn Elian in North Wales (that’s Welsh for Bryn Elian School), is visiting us at Pi Towers today. We’ve been talking about making Computing fun to learn, and how to make sure that kids remember what they’ve done in their lessons – and perhaps even keep learning at home.

Allen’s been running Tech-Dojo events in North Wales, which have been attracting hundreds of kids – on Saturdays! Here’s what he’s been doing: note the Flappy Bird clones the kids are writing in Scratch, the use of Minecraft, the way kids are learning about pixel art by building recognisable sprites out of beads, and other ways he’s bringing out the kids’ ability to think programatically through building games and the fundamental elements of games.

A few months ago, Allen entered these Tech-Dojo events into the North Wales e-Learning Technology Competition for projects that engage with the local community. He’s just heard that the project won first prize in its category, and will present it to educators from across North Wales at an event at Glynd┼Ár University, St Asaph, next week. We’re very excited: we think this sort of model of education’s great for kids who find traditional learning dry, and the results the kids are achieving speak for themselves. Congratulations Allen: we look forward to seeing similar events rolling out across Wales, and further into the UK!

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A brilliant video and a fantastic example of the creativity, problem solving and FUN of computing.

The highlight for me is a blip at 2:54–3:00. I could watch this over and over (and in fact, I have :)) A few seconds that sum up so much about what great teachers do, about why the Raspberry Pi Foundation exists and …. lots of things. Thanks for sharing this Allen.

P.S. Hope your trip back wasn’t to bad (though of course it was: A14/M6 on a Friday evening :( )

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ah “ironing beads”, a fun way to learn about bitmap graphics!
create a logo, or an 8×8 font….

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Yes, that’s my son, he’s 4 now and still loves his Raspberry Pi!

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Fantastic :-)

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He also did this if you haven’t seen it before http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/5190

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Fantastic. I love the pixel art idea :)

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