Last week representatives from about 30 Indian schools and 15 foreign schools gathered at British Council Delhi to discuss about the progress of the innovative Unbox 21 project that resulted from a partnership between the Connecting Classrooms program of British Council, Science Learning Centre, At-Bristol and Brighton University.
The ultimate goal of the project is to develop teachers’ capacity in India to embed digital games based learning into the curriculum to enhance student engagement and support 21st century skills development. The event which saw Mr. Baldev Singh, British Council Consultant as the em-cee was reflective of the classroom happenings, the obstacles and the successes. Timothy Rudd from University of Brighton presented his brief report on his monitoring visit to Indian and UK schools. He mentioned specifically that Indian schools are doing action research and are implementing the games as part of their formative assessment.
A panel discussion at the end of the 4-hour event saw several questions getting answered by the expert panel ranging from the feasibility to the outcome of Unbox 21. An exhibition was also set up by the participating schools as a testimony to the implementation of commercial games like Machinarium and Botanicula in the school curriculum.
Enjoy the slide show capturing moments of the event.