We haven’t seen the inside of a classroom for many years, but we’re pretty positive technology has transformed the art of teaching quite a bit. You can learn all about the latest innovations in education at SETT (School Education Transformation Technology), taking place October 23 – 24 in Flanders Expo, Ghent, where games will play a special role.
If you’re on the prowl for new games, or you’d like to hear about new ways to implement them in your lessons, you should head down to the Game Square (link in Dutch). These Flemish developers are eagerly waiting to talk about their passion for game based learning.
Cartamundi Digital will show you how to bring picture books to life with their Fundels platform and introduce you to De Stemmels, a new hybrid board game that’s being co-developed with Technopolis.
The free, online programming language ViKiD (link in Dutch), created by Strongly Typed Solutions, features modern concepts based on mathematics used by industry leading corporations. The integrated puzzle game guides children through the various possibilities of the STEM app, and before you know it they’ll get a taste for computer graphics, animation, and games programming.
There’s public demos of the platform on Wednesday at 10.30 and Thursday at 15.00. Other demos during those days include a session by Odoo (link in Dutch) to learn players key business principles, while Just Game IT (link in Dutch) presents a platform to gamify real life situations, such as surveillance of a building or working a forklift, for training purposes.
You’ll be able to find the innovative applications from Curious Cats (link in Dutch) at the imec booth. The team will be there to show off their portfolio including Ava & Trix, BULB, and the recently completed Kr8cht (link in Dutch), which helps children pick a field of study that suits them.
There’s more to SETT than just the technology fair though. Over the course of two days the event will serve up a conference with over 100 lectures and workshops aimed at (future) teachers, principals, IT coordinators and policy makers. With so much content on offer, you’d better plan ahead, so here’s the full schedule.
We’re very happy that video games are becoming a (more) common sight in the classroom and support all educators that want to explore the possibilities of the medium. Here’s hoping that a visit to SETT will work as an inspiration to keep pushing in that direction.