Category Archives: Game

Pathways

I went for a game of Scrabble after work yesterday with Laura. I’m just working in Bath, staying in a hotel for a few days but, as Laura lives near here, she knew the best pub with a Scrabble set. … Continue reading

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Conkers: tribal wisdom and sore knuckles

Walking in the forest yesterday, the conversation turned to conkers (or horse chestnuts, if you prefer). Dionne had found the first ones of the season, lying on the ground under the spreading boughs, and this prompted a discussion about the … Continue reading

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Social Gaming for Learning: a practical exploration of #gamification

For many years i was able to maintain an illusion of competence when it came to the xBox. Every Monday night, Rich and I would get a pizza and invest/waste the evening playing such classics as Halo, Gears of War … Continue reading

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Goals and targets: driving engagement and activity

Somehow this week i’ve accidentally signed up for a triathlon and a cycle tour of France. Well, both look like good adventures, so it will probably give me some motivation to get out and train in this dreary weather. At … Continue reading

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Training for an Olympic purpose: how achievement ripples through a lifetime

Like many people, i watched Usain Bolt sprint to victory in the 200m at the Olympics last night. By doing so, he not only ran further into the history books, but he also demonstrated how focus and determination can let … Continue reading

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Olympic Gold: why do we love a loser?

Whilst everyone loves to see a record breaking performance that scoops Gold, or a plucky effort to secure a Bronze medal, it seems like a peculiarly English pastime to save the biggest cheers for the valiant loser who crosses the … Continue reading

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How to measure the success of social learning. Challenges and ideas.

There’s been some discussion this week about creating parameters for the measurement of the effectiveness of social learning. It’s a good call to arms, because it’s all too easy to be busy creating solutions without stopping to think of the … Continue reading

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Heading North: the joy of scrabble.

Scrabble is a strangely antisocial game. As the three of us sat playing, there was no conversation (except ‘is “jo” a word?), but rather intense concentration. Everyone focused on the board in the middle and their rack of tiles. Last … Continue reading

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