Primary ICT Games

Primary Games Arena is a website I came across in September when looking for games that would help my Junior Infant class with their mouse control skills. It has subsequently become one of our most visited websites in the class. It is operated by Primary Technology which is a UK based company that provides ICT services to education worldwide. The website is full of simple, interactive and competitive games that…

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How video games can make you smarter

Critics often accuse video games of making players lazy, inept and socially awkward. Contrary to popular belief, though, a growing body of research is now showing that many build, not burn brain cells by requiring extensive problem solving, teamwork and dynamic decision-making skills. Also capable of building players’ confidence and helping them see the world from multiple viewpoints, games can be powerful learning tools. Many games force us into trial…

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Having Fun with Computer Programming and Games

Lero – the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre, the Departmentof Computing IT Tallaght and CIO Ireland with the support of theDepartment of Education Transition Year Support Services are pleasedto announce the availability of a set of materials “Having Fun withComputer Programming and Games” for transition year students. The unitconsists of 10 modules and of approximately 45 hours of teachingmaterials. The materials are freely available and can be downloaded atwww.lero.ie/educationoutreach/transitionunit/.Students use…

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SchoolBots

​‘Build the best, destroy the rest’SchoolBots is a computer game programming competition aimed at transition year students and above at secondary schools in Ireland. The entrants use Java to program robot tanks to battle in an arena against each other. The competition is  organised and hosted by Tipperary Institute, which offers a number of courses in multimedia development. The idea behind the game is to build a software robot and…

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