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Mobile Games for Enviromental Awareness

15 of January, 2008 By: Marcelo Milrad

Skattjakt is a mobile phone game that has been conceived and implemented to promote physical activity and collaborative problem solving. The game is inspired by the ideas behind treasure hunt activities and the sport of orienteering. The activities in the game explore informal skills such as learning about the environmental factors and navigation. The game requires different degrees of collaboration between team members to solve the mystery. Up to six teams can simultaneously compete using mobile phones, as they progress through the playing field with detours for wrong answers. The playing field is spread out over the downtown Växjö with seven locations. A strong narrative drives the players to solve a mystery about space aliens, the environment and how to reduce greenhouse gases in everyday life.
The game has been co-developed with students (ages 13-15) from Norregaardskolan in joint collaboration between the Center for Learning and Knowledge Technologies at Växjö University and Mapping Växjö. The game will be played this Thursday, January 17th, by almost 20 children, ranging from ages 13-15 from Kronobergskola, a local school from the city of Växjö.

A press release (only in Swedish) about this event is available from the URL below:

http://www.mappingvaxjo.se/pressmeddelande/pressmeddelande_2008-01.htm


Daniel Spikol in London

06 of January, 2008 By: Marcelo Milrad

Daniel Spikol participated at the event “Research methods in informal and mobile learning: How to get the data we really want” held at the Centre for workbased Learning and Education (WLE), at the Institute of Education, London, UK on December 14, 2007. His paper, Designing Mobile Games that Explore Novel Learning Practices with Co-Design, was selected for presentation and will published in the conference proceedings later this year.
Spikol participated in the tools track where participants explored different concepts for creating more sophisticated tools for analyzing the complex environments that mobile learning operates in. More information about this event can be found at:
http://www.milrm.wle.org.uk/programme.htm


Successful presentation of the AMULETS project in Berlin

06 of January, 2008 By: Marcelo Milrad

More than 45 people took part in an interactive demonstration about the AMULETS project in Berlin, Germany. This event was part of Kaleidoscope Symposium held in Berlin on the 27 November. The aim of this activity was to not only to present the results of our activities but also to allow the participants to take an active role by trying and testing some of the tools we have developed including visualization tools, digital maps and GPS services to support learning. More about this event can be found at:
Link in Kaleidoscope
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