First partner meeting Games in Basic Skills Training in Naestved, Denmark
The Erasmus+ project Games in Basic Skills Teaching is a cooperation of 9 European organisations from 8 European countries that work in adult training. The project is testing the use of games in basic skills teaching to develop a best practice model in specific teaching contexts and develop a tool-kit for specialists to apply this knowledge when using (digital) games in this context.
In the first partner meeting in Naestved, Denmark, the partners met to get to know each other’s work and the specific preconditions for working in basic skills teaching. They agreed on a road map for the project and seek to spread their findings not only with the tool-kit to be developed, but also via their respective social media channels.
Games in Basic Skills teaching aims to use (digital) games in basic skills courses in all subject areas that are taught, mostly the first language of the country, English, maths and ICT to see what the benefits of using games are when it comes to motivation, to teaching more complex content or to reach students that suffer from learning disabilities or are especially challenged because of the fact that their mother tongue is not the same as the country they are living in and taking part in these courses.
The Games Institute Austria is taking on the role of a specialist for using games in teaching and works as a consultant and a co-developer of specific content for the courses of the other partner organisations.
It is working with teachers from BFI Lernwerkstatt, in Vienna, Austria, e.g. to develop games for teaching basic skills in German and Maths courses. The teachers are developing small cooperative and competitive analog games that use common game mechanics and will finally be integrated into an Escape Room game to be used in these courses. A first prototype of one of the games is going to be presented at the second partner meeting in Vienna, this year in May.