On 17 September, 7scenes will launch the Mobile Learning Academy at PICNIC Festival 2012. This new educational initiative offers universities, colleges and schools the tools to create mobile learning games to unlock educational content at real places.
THE WORLD IS YOUR CLASSROOM
The Mobile Learning Academy was set up to support new forms of learning for the 21st century. As students can now learn anywhere, at anytime using their smart phones, new educational methods are needed to facilitate such learning.
“We believe the real world is the most relevant context to learn in. So you should be able to use it as your classroom! That’s why we give you the guidelines to design mobile games, the tools to create them, the apps for students to play them and methods to implement them in your programs,” says Ronald Lenz, Founder and CEO of 7scenes.
DO IT YOURSELF
The Mobile Learning Academy is the first to make the creation of mobile games available to educators themselves. Using the GameMaker they can simply drag and drop places on a digital map and link media like video, audio, photos, text, challenges, rewards or opinion polls to them. Using the apps, students can become historical experts, neighborhood journalists, environmental scientists or urban planners. They navigate to places, answer challenges and upload media. But students do not only play, they can also learn by designing the games themselves!
WHO WE WORK WITH
The Mobile Learning Academy is partnering with the Creative Learning Lab and PICNIC. Universities, colleges and schools from around the world have already signed up to use the tool, such as the University of Utrecht, Webster University, Parsons The New School for Design (New York), the Hong Kong Design Institute and the Polytecnico in Milan.
The website www.mobilelearningacademy.org will be launched on 17 September. The app for iPhone and Android will be available for free in the App Store and Google Play from 16 September 2012.
PROGRAM ON 17 SEPTEMBER AT PICNIC FESTIVAL 2012
You are cordially invited to join the launch at PICNIC festival!
- 10.00 launch of the Mobile Learning Academy by Ronald Lenz, CEO of 7scenes
- 11.00 Hands-on workshop for educators and press to design a mobile learning game.
ABOUT PICNIC FESTIVAL
PICNIC is a leading European platform for innovation and creativity. We function as an incubator and accelerator for game changing ideas, concepts, products and services. Through our activities, we address the mega trends of our time and explore how to creatively apply technology in order to meet business, social and environmental challenges. PICNIC’s central theme for 2012 is “New Ownership: The Shift from top down to bottom up”.