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Game Lab expands reach to a second school

01 February 2017 Posted By : Megan Hughes 0 Comments
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With three successful years already firmly tucked under its belt, Game Lab excitedly kicked off to a great start in January 2017 with more than 45 previously disadvantaged high school students signed up to participate. This year is particularly special in that it’s the first time the Game Lab project has received funding from The […]

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Co-creating PLOXX1

29 April 2014 Posted By : Michael Wolf 0 Comments
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The Masiphumelele Play to Learn Lab hit the ground running on Monday the 7th of April 2014 to mark the start of the second school term, and Phase 2 of the project. The second phase of the project again promotes learning through play, curiosity and co-creation in the classroom, with further emphasis on creative group […]

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Letters of Love

17 April 2014 Posted By : Michael Wolf 0 Comments
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  The “Player Passports” are a very important part of the Masiphumelele Play to Learn Lab. This is where each child would be recording some of their thoughts about the classes each week. During the first week of Phase 1 I forgot Grade 6 Cs  Player Passports at  the office. Eager to get the children into […]

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We’re crowd funding the Play to Learn Lab

01 April 2014 Posted By : Michael Wolf 0 Comments
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Ever thought about changing the landscape of South African education? Now is your chance! Yesterday saw the launch of our The Play to Lean Lab crowd funding campaign on Thundafund. We are sharing this project with everybody on the internet in the hope to raise at least R40 000 to fit out our lab with […]

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Play to Learn Lab Diarys – Getting Started

19 March 2014 Posted By : Michael Wolf 0 Comments
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 The Play to Learn Lab was our first laboratory set up at Masiphumelele Primary School in Khayelitsha. We wanted to create a space where we could experiment with digital games to see what effects they could have on children. What types of games would the children love? Can gaming improve Maths results? Would primary school […]

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Once these activities were completed, the kids were left free to play any of the 27 games installed on the Game Stations. Most of these games are old DOS games as few Flash games. Towards the end of the lesson I announced that I would be coming around to give each kid a start for attendance to glue into their player passport. I explained that each week they would be awarded an attendance badge if they came to class. I made sure to repeat the details to each kid personally to reinforce this idea.

R2500 raised for Masiphumelele at Design Indaba!

05 March 2014 Posted By : Michael Wolf 0 Comments
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The Learning Innovation Design Lab had a very exciting past few days at the Design Indaba where we shared ideas about our Play to Learn Lab at Masiphumelele. It was fantastic to be a part of the inspiring conversations that our exhibit sparked and our project was very well received. To demonstrate how learning could be achieved through […]

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Ts & Cs

Next I asked the class to read through the rules and to be sure that they understood them. I had noticed before that multiple windows opened on the old XP computers would cause chaos so I'm trying to stress the importance of only opening 1 game at a time, and closing them properly afterwards! Upon agreeing with the Ts & Cs, kids signed under the rules. They also answered 10 questions which gives us some details about each child's exposure to technology.

Learn Lab at Design Indaba 2014

28 February 2014 Posted By : Michael Wolf 0 Comments
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The Learning Innovation Design Lab will be sharing our World Design Capital project  at the Design Indaba this weekend. If you’re in Cape Town, come and say hi! We’ll be debuting PLOXXI, our low-cost cardboard computer. We’re inviting you to try out our Paper Jets Spelling game. For a small donation of R30, players will receive […]

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PLOXXI - the cardboard computer

Meet PLOXXI, a cardboard computer that is co-designed by its users

27 February 2014 Posted By : Michael Wolf 0 Comments
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Visit Formula D interactive’s Design Indaba stand #354 to find out the role PLOXXI plays in designing better education  PLOXXI is a cardboard computer, powered by Android and built for less than R1,000. It provides affordable access to powerful computing, and can be decorated by its users – paving the way for co-creation of technology, […]

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Masiphumelele Play to Learn Lab Launches!

06 February 2014 Posted By : Michael Wolf 0 Comments
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We are very excited and proud to announce that the Learning Innovation Design Lab will be launching our first initiative this weekend. Saturday 8th February will see the inauguration of the first “Play to Learn Lab” at Masiphumelele Primary School in Khayelitsha. The lab will explore the potential that digital gaming has to support learning […]

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Open Design Cape Town – a Recap

03 October 2013 Posted By : Michael Wolf 0 Comments
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It has been six weeks since our exhibition Learning is a Breeze, the first public activity of the Learning Innovation Design Lab, opened at the Open Design Cape Town festival. Judging from direct audience response and visitor numbers, we can only conclude that the effort was a huge success. More than 5800 visitors made their […]

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