Our partner organization from Slovakia, TANDEM, n.o, led a train-the-trainer workshop on the 12th December in Komarno. Most of the participants were either teachers working with youth or active representatives of NGOs. Their main objective is thus the youth competency development. During a 4 hour long event the participants played the game, learned how to manage it as moderators and facilitators, and got to know how to join the New Shores class on the Edmodo platform. The game and all the accompanying materials met with a very positive and enthusiastic response from the participants as they were already forming their plans of using the game in their own work. The December event in Slovakia is only the beginning of a longer cycle that is going to gather at least 20 people interested in incorporating the New Shores game into a daily didactic practice.
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On the 1st of December, The Rogers Foundation seized a new opportunity to try the New Shores game with teachers, this time at the Németh Imre Általános Iskola (a primary school) in Budapest. In the school there was a staff training day with several workshops running parallely for all the teachers, so there were some 50 teachers present altogether. 18 of them enrolled for the New Shores workshop. The group’s environmental awareness was amazing! They were so protective of the island that the forest condition was higher at the end of the game than at the beginning. Great job! After playing the game, we triggered a discusson on why and how to run a workshop with their students. We hope that the youth will be able to beat their teachers’ scores!
A little over a month after the first training for the New Shores moderators, we managed to organize yet another, more intimate, event for people willing to use the game with the youth. On November 29, 10 people from various educational fields met at the CRS office to play New Shores – a Game for Democracy and learn how to use it to trigger discussion about social and ecological responsibility, ethics, or sustainable economy. The positive energy they brought into the play and discussion exceeded our expectations. We hope that the game will turn a useful educational tool, and the materials collected at Edmodo will help them prepare more than one exciting game session!
In the afternoon of the 29th of November The Rogers Foundation visited the Eötvös Loránd Szakgimnázium, a high school in Budapest for a workshop for the staff of the school. Eight teachers came to play the game and learn how to incorporate it into their curricula. A serious discussion about the topics the game raises was intertwined with laughs and jokes. All the teachers expressed their interest in using the game with their students, thus we hope it will be a great experience for all of them!
On the 25th of November, Rogers Foundation held their train-the-trainer workshop at the Eötvös Loránd University’s Faculty of Primary and Pre-School Education in Budapest, Hungary. The training was held as part of a bigger conference around play and games in education, called “Akarsz-e játszani” (“Do you want to play?”) and gathered around 80 people. The event started with an opening lecture by Zsuzsa Vastag about the methodology of educational and complex serious games. Later participants were divided into three groups to visit parallel workshops on different educational games and methods.
20 participants took part in the practical train-the-trainer workshop for future moderators of the New Shores game. They had the opportunity to play the game and to gain know-how on how to use it in educational contexts. At the last step, all participants of the conference gathered together again for closing the event. Everybody shared their experiences and what they had taken away from the event. According to their feedback, the participants enjoyed it very much and thought it was very useful for them and will use the techniques in their work later on.
The Rogers Academy (a „non-school” run by the Rogers Foundation) organizes the so-called Eco Day two times a year; one in the Autumn, and one in the Spring. On these occasions students can take part in various ecology and nature related activites. This year, the Rogers Foundation organized the Eco Day on the 13th of October, and among activities such as planting flowers, trimming the bushes in the garden or composting, students had an opportunity to play the New Shores game.
It was the first time for The Rogers Foundation to try the game out with a younger audience (students aged 13-20). Therefore the organizers were very excited at how they would react to the game. 16 students and 4 parents/relatives took part in the workshop. The game went smoothly, as the students (and parents) got to know their island and started building and planting, facing some difficulties as well. The group was highly cooperative and no major conflicts emerged. The debriefing session after the game proved that they all appreciated the experience and would be willing to try it again to check what they can do differently. So, maybe in the Spring we will have some follow up?
After over a year of hard work and user testing, the New Shores game and its accompanying materials are now available on the Edmodo platform. However, this success does not mean that the work on the project is finished. Our objective for upcoming months is to promote this innovative tool among people working with youth. To assist educators and youth leaders in using the game in their day-to-day work, the Center for the System Solutions in cooperation with Rogers Foundation and TANDEM n.o, organize free, certified train-the-trainer workshops in Poland, Slovakia and Hungary.
The Polish edition of the event will take place on October 6, 2018 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Infopunkt Nadodrze at Łokietka 5/1 in Wrocław. During the training, future New Shores moderators will learn how to create a game, manage its functions and encourage young people to discuss about social and ecological responsibility. You can register for the workshop via the registration form.
On September 4, 2018, a last face-to-face meeting took place as part of the New Shores project. Its main objective was to prepare for the final event – training for future New Shores moderators that will be held in the Autumn in three countries: in Poland, Slovakia and Hungary. Together, we have prepared the schedule of the event, the Polish edition of which will take place in Wrocław on October 6, 2018.
At free training, pedagogues, librarians, activists and other youth workers will have the opportunity to learn how to conduct workshops on social participation, using the New Shores – A Game for Democracy. They will also receive free access to educational materials gathered on the Edmodo platform. There are still a few places available for the training – it is enough to fill the registration form available on the project website!
Meanwhile, we still don’t say goodbye to our Partners. Although it is our last “live” meeting, there is a lot of joint work online ahead of us!
International Day of Democracy, initiated by the United Nations, celebrated its tenth anniversary last year. Held on 15th September since 2007, the event is an occasion to review the state of democracy in the world, highlighting the challenges, responsibilities and opportunities it offers to nations, and examining how well parliaments fulfill their democratic mission, and what can be done to improve their effectiveness.
If you are an educator or youth leader, you should definitely give the game a try! Register for an open New Shores session on 15th of September at 4 pm CEST (for English-speaking players) or 6 pm CEST (for Polish-speaking players). It is enough to send an email to the address: email@example.com. In response, you will receive a return e-mail with all necessary information.
To see who else is going to participate in the game session, join the FB event.
On August 25, 2018 we had the pleasure to host a group of students from Syracuse University in New York, USA. Visiting Central Europe as part of “The European Identity Seminar”, they began in Berlin, Germany moved to Wroclaw, Poland and then Vienna, Austria. In each of the countries, they explored the multilayered nature of #cultural and political identity of this region, shaped by, i.e. the two world wars of the 20th century and a relatively recent transition from #communism to #capitalism. During the visit in Wrocław they had an opportunity to play New Shores – a Game for Democracy that touches upon similar topics, triggering discussion on the state of #democracy and ways we can strengthen its position within Europe and beyond. Thank you, guys for your good energy. WE had a lovely time!