Having recently moved house we have only just re-connected our television and our two boys (6 and 9) have discovered ABC 3 – what a great free-to-air channel!
As all parents know, children’s programs are awful yet compelling … Sitting with laptop on lap trying to mark 16 essays before 9am the next day, you just can’t help but be attracted by the bright colours and goofy sounding voices!
This was how I cam across Good Game Spawn Point – a show on ABC 3 that reviews the latest games. The show is hosted by two cool-looking games-geeks and their robot sidekick, D.A.R.R.E.N (Data Analysing Robot for the Ruthless Extermination of Noobs) … need I say more about its engagement value for students?! You can check out more about it here.
What I love about it is the seriousness with which the two hosts – Hex and Bajo – review each game. Their language is dense with game jargon yet is engaging and understandable for their target audience – young gamers – as well as being sophisticated and articulate. I couldn’t help watching the show – not just to avoid marking – and it actually made me want to try to be a better gamer. (Aside – I can do X-Box 360 Lips and Wii Sports, that’s it!)
I’m seriously thinking of setting an assessment task for my Year 9 students where they have to create their own segment for Good Game Spawn Point. They would need to learn to analyse games as texts, evaluate strengths and weaknesses of the text ans then use language appropriate to gaming and purpose to persuade their viewers to try the game or not. As Year 9 are DER kids I’ll get them to film and edit their segments and then upload it to a class youtube channel or vodpod to share with the class. Of course they could go on edmodo once uploaded to either. Cool.
After posting a couple of tweets about this possible task I discovered that my PLN pal Paula Madigan has already run such a task with her Year 8 students. Cool! Not being DER kids, she had her students assessed on the speaking component of the tasks – great!
So – would you have a go at this task or have you done something similar where novels/poems/films/picturebooks etc have been reviewed and shared?