Minecraft: A Shift in Learning – Tuesday 6th December 2016

Minecraft is fast becoming one of the world’s most popular computer games, especially amongst children, allowing them to freely express, share and celebrate their inherent creativity.

Derek Robertson from the Poster image used University of Dundee will explore the wondrous simplicity and complexity of the game, and discuss the challenges of introducing games like Minecraft into the formal world of the classroom. Will the rich learning continue, or is there a danger that the Minecraft phenomena
will collapse?

Everyone is welcome. This event is free and non-bookable. Places are limited so please arrive early to avoid disappointment. Doors open at 5pm.

Whose Transition Is It Anyway? Tuesday 6th May 2014, 6pm

Starting school, moving classes or moving schools are exciting progressions in the life of every child, however some children find these educational transitions difficult. To understand how to helpimage3 children make these transitions a wealth of research has been undertaken that focusses on the pupil.

Divya Jindal-Snape argues that we also need to understand these transition from the viewpoint of parents, siblings and teachers – termed ‘significant others’. The impact of the pupil’s transition on significant others is under-researched and not considered fully in educational practice.

This talk will highlight Divya’s research which explores the interaction between the transitions of the child and significant others and reinforces the importance of involving significant others during transitions. We will also discuss creative ways that can be used by parents, teachers and other professionals to support transitions of children starting school, moving to new classes or schools.

Join us in the relaxed atmosphere of the McManus Café for a short talk followed by your chance to ask questions and discuss the topic.

Everyone is welcome. Free. Non-bookable. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment. This event is likely to last one hour.