Archives for June 2010

Who wants to play?

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Guest blogger | 11:37 UK time, Friday, 18 June 2010

Following on from our recent Authors Live events, senior producer Gerald Strother brings you news of another live event run in collaboration with our colleagues from BBC Wales...

We are pretty excited around these parts because on the afternoon of Tuesday 22 June BBC Learning Scotland will be hosting a very special Doctor Who event that promises to bring a bit of time travelling adventure to Pacific Quay.

To celebrate the upcoming launch of Blood of the Cybermen, the second Doctor Who Adventure Game, a panel of very special guests will discuss the first game, City of the Daleks as well as the imminent series finale.

There's more about the event over at the Doctor Who website, which is where you'll be able to submit questions to the panel and see the event live online.


And teachers, should you happen to get caught by the Head Teacher watching the event with your class and need a curriculum friendly excuse to justify said decision, here are some videos, taken from our Learning Zone clips library, which are perfect for linking games with the classroom.

First off, there's a film about hand held gaming which looks at the unique design process of the Nintendo DS and some of its games.

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Serious games can be pretty controversial, especially when used in a learning or military capacity. Perfect to kick off a debate in class.

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And finally, what links Grand Theft Auto to the natural fibre jute? All is revealed...

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If these videos are the kind of things which get your thumbs twitching for the gamepad and you want to know more about combining games and learning, then I would heartily recommend finding out more over at the Consolarium.

And if you just fancy playing some games then try our new Standard Grade Bitesize, Higher Bitesize and Brainsmart games.

Till Tuesday, Timelords!

Countdown to Royal Highland Show

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Claire O'Gallagher Claire O'Gallagher | 16:15 UK time, Friday, 11 June 2010

From the 24-27 June, Ingliston near Edinburgh plays host to the Royal Highland Show 2010, and BBC Scotland will be there.


Radio Scotland will be a big presence, with favourite shows such as Brian Taylor's Big Debate and Macaulay and Co broadcasting live from the show over the weekend, and for the telly addicts among you, Landward will be recording at the show.

Most exciting for us here in Learning are the LAB and Blast workshops that will be available on Saturday 26th. It's a real chance for any young people attending the show to get a flavour of what's involved in working with media, and especially at a big event like the RHS. You can also get a taste how how to be a sports commentator with the help of Paul Mitchell and Des McKeown.

BBC Scotland will also be running an event on landscape photography with the renowned photographer Colin Prior. We are currently running a special rephotography initiative where the public are being asked to take pictures of the landscape to see how it has changed. This is part of the new Scotland's Landscape website which will be accompanied by some television programmes later this year.

So keep an eye out as the Show draws closer, as there's plenty happening here at our end!

Your Landscape Story - the winners!

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Guest blogger | 11:05 UK time, Friday, 4 June 2010

The Your Landscape, Our Crew! panel are pleased to announce that the following five schools have been selected to go forward as one of our Landscape films this summer!

James Hamilton Academy, East Ayrshire
Madras College, Fife
Preston Lodge High School, East Lothian
Queen Margaret Academy, South Ayrshire
Wallace Hall Academy, Dumfriesshire

Congratulations to the selected schools and thanks to everone that participated in the competition.

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