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Playful Learning: Blending Education & Entertainment



Now that most students carry their own portable entertainment devices, what does the future hold for educators, students - and technology companies developing next-generation entertainment-led educational tools?

This months Edmix event looks at how educators and students are using entertainment-led learning resources, digging into developments in games-based learning, interactive video, streaming media - and crystal ball gazing into the future, exploring the themes:
- What are the top educational games and resources - and how are teachers using them?
- What are the next big developments in games-based learning?
- What type of products and innovations appeal to educators, learners - and to investors?
Edmix has invited some of the world’s leading games-based learning experts and entrepreneurs to give us a first-hand insight into the entertainment/education space.
What's hot - and what's around the corner... Join in and let us know!
1. Ian Livingstone CBE, Life President of Eidos and Cofounder of Games Workshop
Ian Livingstone CBE is an English fantasy author and entrepreneur; co-Founder of Games Workshop and Life President of Eidos.
From Dungeons and Dragons to Tomb Raider, Ian has been involved in the computer games industry for the last 30 years, and has worked with NESTA and Skillset to produce an independent report into the skills needed for school leavers and graduates to fully engage with the UK's world-class video games and visual effects industries.
2. Clive Beale, Director of Educational Development, Raspberry Pi Foundation
Clive Beale is Director of Educational Development at Raspberry Pi Foundation and practising educator at Kesgrave High School.
As startup stories go, Raspberry Pi is a stella success - born just three years ago in the labs at Cambridge University, now in mass production - the Raspberry Pi is a familiar conversation in most school staff-rooms. Raspberry Pi's new Director of Educational Development will be exploring the education roadmap for Raspberry Pi.
3. Jude Ower, CEO, PlayMob
Jude Ower, CEO at Playmob, recently launched their newest project: - linking virtual object in games with charitable causes as a method for raising funds for charities.
Playmob are passionate about games, and Edmix looks forward to Jude exploring Giverboard and learning about the Playmob community.
4. James Huggins, MD, Made In Me
James Huggins is Managing Director of Made in Me, the creators of the BAFTA nominated Land of Me - a beautiful, early learning picture-book world for 2-6 year olds.

James will be exploring how Made in Me approaches product design and development with playful learning at it's heart in order to engage young children.
5. Chris Bradford, COO, BrainPOP UK
BrainPOP creates animated, curricular content that engages students of all abilities and ages in classrooms and homes across the globe.
BrainPOP is also home to GameUp, an online games portal featuring cross-curricular titles from some of the best educational game creators out there.
Chris will be exploring the past, present and future of BrainPOP, and hopes to meet the next generation of learning games makers.
All this, followed by networking drinks!
Whether you are a games-based learning startup, Head of ICT, video tutoring website, assessment tech company, mobile app developer or ‘learn to code’ startup, come and join what should be a fantastic evening.
We are looking forward to seeing you there!
Start Time:
6.30pm - for a hard start at 7pm.
Q) Are you interested in engaging 18,000 US educators in June at the ISTE conference in Austin, Texas?
- Edmix are organising a Trade Mission to Austin, Texas in June - to ISTE: the biggest education technology conference in North America. Please come down to the event on the 27th and have a chat with us in the networking session.
Q) Are you interested in joining other education technology companies at the next Edmix 'Digital Weekend' event at American School in London in March?
- If you are interested workshopping your product, engaging educators and testing ideas and inspiring 100s of students, please come down to the event on the 27th and have a chat with us in the networking session.
27th February 2013
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT WC2E 7HA