Games Based Learning Conference, The Brewery, London

| March 20, 2009 | 0 Comments 

A flying visit to the excellent Games Based Learning Conference at The Brewery near the Barbican, London.

gadwin-shottie-0131It was a great honour to meet Nolan Bushnell, Atari founder, a hero to a lot of people interested in gaming. I confess to being very proud of a link with the man.

In an interview with the Ode Magazine, called Reading, writing and playing The Sims: What video games can teach educators about improving our schools, Nolan Bushnell was quoted as saying he wished “his children had a teacher like Tim Rylands”. 

 I loved, and often refer to Pong. Pong  was originally manufactured by Atari Incorporated (Atari), who released it in 1972.  It was created by Allan Alcorn as a training exercise assigned to him by Nolan. (Although this has been contended) *

screenshot0031Nolan hinted to me that he is going to reveal a new educational project when he presents at the conference today, so, watch this space.

 Good to meet you Sir!


screenshot004Nolan is a big guy. It was also a pleasure to meet another towering presence, the lovely Dawn Hallybone who presented her work with children at Oakdale Junior School school in a refreshingly humorous way. I believe the education world will see a lot more of Dawn.

As Sarah and I were about to leave to avoid a parking fine and to get on to our evening meeting, we were nabbed by Graham Brown-Martin, and asked to present at the Pecha Kucha session in the upstairs room. I broke all of the rules but kept to six minutes, I think! Thanks

Grateful to Graham Brown-Martin for arranging guest entries for our short visit on the way between two distant events.

Well done to all at Games Based Learning for a wonderful first event. You are an admirable bunch of stars!

(*An alternative version of the story behind Pong can be found here).

Category: 1) Events and Training days, 4) Well Done!

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