Here are a few of the conversations that I’ve had with collaborators as part of invited presentations with colleagues in Europe, Australia and the US.
In these seminars we discuss the ways in which we established and sustained effective knowledge exchange partnerships and developed new practices and products together to tackle institutional and social challenges. Through innovative research methodologies and co-design practices we value and integrate diverse voices, views, needs and concerns of young people and educators.
Developing a series of educational games with the Usborne Foundation
In this seminar, Antonio Gould (Executive Director of Teach Your Monster) and Dr Angela Colvert (Senior Lecturer in Education at University of Roehampton) will introduce you to the social aims and educational principles which underpin the newest game from the award winning Teach Your Monster series: Reading for Fun.
They will be sharing their experiences of the process of game development (from shaping the pedagogical design through to the launch of the product) and exploring a range of approaches to support children to read for pleasure.
If you would like to download the new game before the seminar it's totally free on PCs (download it here) and is currently also free on Apple, Google Play and Amazon app stores for a limited time.
Go ahead. Jump right in! Let your children explore a magical world, collect free books for their monster's bookshelf and go on exciting quests which have been designed to foster a love of reading!
Co-Designing Transmedia Games with Teachers and KIT Theatre
Come and join the DOTS (www.dots.team), a secret agency that catches and fixes transmedia dreams (think Roald Dahl’s ‘The BFG’ for the digital age!). In this session Dr Angela Colvert (University of Roehampton) and Tom Bowtell (KIT Theatre) present a new game-framework for supporting children’s transmedia storytelling and gameplay across the curriculum. This emerged from a two-year research project, funded by the British Academy exploring the educational potential of co-design with teachers.
Developing a New Pedagogical Model of Immersive Play for Punchdrunk Enrichment
Shaping ‘Affective’ and ‘Effective’ Playful Pedagogies (November 2021)
In this webinar presented by the CREATE Centre, Peter Higgin (Artistic Director of Punchdrunk Enrichment) and Dr Angela Colvert Senior Lecturer in Education at University of Roehampton) will discuss rationale and principles that underpin Punchdrunk Enrichment’s educational practice in school settings. They will share their work on a new three-year teacher development programme, the Immersive Learning Collective and draw out some of the core-approaches that shaped the first year of the programme. The Immersive Learning Collective provides an opportunity for teachers from a range of schools meet regularly with Punchdrunk Enrichment practitioners to deliver new projects, learn about and apply immersive principles in their school and share knowledge with peers and the wider sector. This webinar will highlight that when understanding the social and educational impact of Punchdrunk Enrichment’s work it is important to attend to, and value, the process of play as practices evolve and merge. A new pedagogical model of ‘immersive play’ will be presented, which emerged from Colvert’s empirical research into Punchdrunk Enrichment’s practice. This model foregrounds the way that artists, teachers, and children’s ‘affective’ and ‘effective’ engagements often inflect and intersect in complex ways. It also highlights that a developing sense of purpose, place, urgency, and community all inflect with the learning outcomes that teachers and artists observe.
LET’S GET CREATIVE! WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS
I have created and run courses and workshops for teachers, artists and designers in Europe and the US which explored the potential of playing with technology in educational settings. I have also contributed to many roundtable events and panels with policy makers, publishers, charities and innovators to discuss and shape strategy. Please do get in touch if you would like me to speak at an event, or run a workshop for you.