Sense of Place – part three

I started using QR Codes in 2010 - firstly to see if I could add any value to advertising. I then became more interested in education and developing the 'game' element (of what were essentially digital treasure hunts) to engage children in learning activities. Conveniently, in the middle of this diversion from advertising in education … Continue reading Sense of Place – part three

Jesse (in a nut) Schell

Excited..?! Excited doen't come close!! I was on my way into Dundee on the train this morning when I spotted a Tweet: @DareToBeDigital Excited for the @jesseschell talk at the Dare Jam at Dare ProtoPlay! Did you get your ticket? http://www.dareprotoplay.com  #Dare2013 Excited doesn't cover it - Jesse Schell is the chap I watched endlessly while … Continue reading Jesse (in a nut) Schell

Note to self…

Guest post today! It's me... but me two years ago..! Do you or your kids play video/computer games? I wrote this during my Masters year (on 'Mysteryboxes', my Masters blog) when I was looking into video games and what we can learn from them about learning and engagement. At the same time I was a … Continue reading Note to self…

Gamepocalypse

Here's an article about Microsoft using Kinect to monitor whether we're watching ads or not! Is this ok? Will it make us better people? Before you decide - watch this talk by Jesse Schell from 2010... (listen in from 7.00 if you're pushed for time!) Jesse Schell: "They make you notice ads!" See also: Everything … Continue reading Gamepocalypse

iPad – therefore iLearn

Over the past 18 months I have had many opportunities to use the iPad as a learning tool and information on Playful Communications: learning and training services can be found here. As a combination of camera, audio recorder, note-pad and presentation tool I initially thought it would be useful to me but more and more … Continue reading iPad – therefore iLearn

Creative Speed Dating

I attended Fife Creativity Xchange 2012 (#CXFife12) last week where I presented my Balmullo History QR Code Safari. Held at packed Rothes Halls, Glenrothes, it was a well attended event where 10 groups presented creative educational projects in a 'speed dating' format. I'm fine with creativity, but 'speed dating'? This was a new experience! Each … Continue reading Creative Speed Dating

QR permanence

No, I'm not weighing in on the "QR longevity" debate... this is about putting your money where your mouth is! The final two permanent codes of the Balmullo History Safari were fixed in place last night and here's a couple of pics of the Old School House - now privately owned, so thank you to … Continue reading QR permanence

Get Ambition vs Blast Theory

I've been very inspired by the #GetAmbition Digital Storytelling event this afternoon. The main speaker was Matt Adams of Blast Theory. Until today I was ignorant of the fantastic transmedia projects he and his colleges have been designing over the last 7 years or so and so to hear him talk about his experiences and … Continue reading Get Ambition vs Blast Theory

InstaGramps

Instagram launched in October 2010. Monday past (14 May 2012) marked my first year with the app! That makes me a Grandad in Instagram years surely? User 3,911,665 to be exact... and I was reminded of this that I wrote 5 or 6 weeks into using it last June... What I'm doing here is list a bunch of … Continue reading InstaGramps

Branding Safari

Apparently, if you want to design an icon or logo you could do worse than get help from primary aged kids. Children as young as 18months old have been known to recognise the golden arches of the worlds favourite fast food outlet! It makes sense that children would be image literate long before they are … Continue reading Branding Safari