While academics salivate over the possibilities of firing up young learners with the sort of motivation they get from computer games, guru Marc Prensky is out there to prove it's possible right now. His games company, games2train, is already working with companies like IBM and Nokia and he has written more than 50 software games for learning.
Marc will be bringing his visionary zeal to the UK next year when he delivers the keynote speech at the SETT 2005 learning festival (September 21-22) at SECC, Glasgow. In the mean time you can get a measure of the breadth of his interests, which include releasing the potential of mobile phones, at his website: www.marcprensky.com
Offline will don a tin hat at the glittering BETT awards next week.
Excluding half the nominees without explaining why does nothing for their blood pressure. An award scheme aiming to celebrate innovation and creativity has some explaining to do to justify the absence of some of the best software seen this year from the likes of Espresso and 2Simple, who immediately qualify for Offline's Software of the Year awards. Not as glittering, but heartfelt nonetheless.