Applied games, educational games, serious games, game-based learning or gamification; these terms gained immense popularity and everyone wants to use the potential of applied gaming. But there is a catch: how do you implement applied games in your educational setting? JamToday aims to teach its participants exactly that.
What is JamToday?
JamToday is a European initiative (a network of universities, districts, and regional support agencies) aiming to provide the necessary methods and tools to teach people how to create and implement applied games.
JamToday offers the essential information, expert guidance, tools and support for those who are interested in getting involved with designing and deploying game-based approaches to learning.
Applied Game Jams
To support the creation, implementation, and distribution of educational games, JamToday put together a toolkit to organize applied game jams. A game jam is a gathering of people brought together to plan, design and create one or more games within a short span of time. By doing this, JamToday brings together people from different (business) backgrounds and sectors. By helping organizing game jams, JamToday provides a bridge between these sectors to guarantee a successful next generation of educational games across Europe.
The toolkit for these jams covers 5 phases: initiation, countdown, launch, evaluation, and transfer of applied games. It also includes practical resources per phase to make the process of organizing the applied game jams easier. The jams, organized by participating regional stakeholders, help turn educators into educational designers who can use game design knowledge and practice for educational purposes.
Dutch Game Garden and JamToday
Dutch Game Garden worked together with JamToday in three different ways. Firstly, we co-organized 3 applied game jams in Utrecht as a participating regional stakeholder. One about improving ICT skills, one about adopting healthier lifestyles (healthy sleeping habits in particular) and one about learning mathematics. Secondly, we held stakeholder mapping workshops for the JamToday members to identify and contact potential stakeholders. Finally, we co-created and updated the Toolkit and a Good Practice Guide for future game jams.
Outcome of JamToday
Now JamToday has an advanced Toolkit including 36 tried and tested production methods by JamToday members. The Good Practice Guide introduces new JamToday members to the basics of applied game design by sharing lessons, tips, and tricks from the network.
Furthermore, conferences in Brussels, Barcelona, and Florence showcased the games developed during
Access to the Toolkit is only for JamToday members.
– Improving ICT skills (learning coding skills or creating games)
– Adopting healthier lifestyles (healthy eating or changing antisocial behavior)
– Supporting learning mathematics (sustaining engagement)
JamToday in numbers
– 3 European Conferences
– 35 game jams
– 13 countries
– 988 participants
– 200 games/prototypes developed
Kennis over computers en ICT is niet alleen iets voor informatici, maar voor iederéén. Met die gedachte in het achterhoofd gingen 3 teams op 12 en 13 juni aan het werk tijdens de eerste JamTODAY game jam bij HKU in Hilversum. Hun opdracht: maak in korte tijd een gameconcept waarmee spelers ICT-vaardigheden aanleren, maar ook kritisch en creatief denkvermogen ontwikkelen.
Samen met HKU en meer dan twintig andere Europese partners is Dutch Game Garden het JamToday-programma gestart, een internationaal traject waarmee we game design-principes in een educatieve context onderzoeken en promoten. Hiermee willen we innovatieve lesmethodes in heel Europa uitrollen.