On 30th January 2019, Coventry University led a dissemination workshop for Secondary School Special Educational Needs (SEN) teachers at Riverbank Academy, designed to provide access to the innovative teaching and learning solution of the BEACONING platform.
The school’s support in providing time away from other commitments, and the BEACONING team’s flexibility to deliver a bespoke training at the Academy site, were essential for the stakeholders to gain insight into the aims and objectives of the BEACONING.eu programme.
We ran a follow-up half-day workshop on 27th February to provide support and troubleshooting for these same staff to test out their own authored QR-triggered context aware games, and a further session on 27th March to support teachers deploying their completed Gamified Lesson Plans.
The teachers have created their own context aware games for use within the school grounds, addressing curriculum delivery for cookery, life skills (safe road crossing) and design technology (materials).
This provides real-world examples of application of the BEACONING platform for teaching and learning for young people with special educational needs, and has highlighted the requirements of this sector in order to integrate BEACONING into their classroom delivery.
“I played two other games. It was good to see how others approached planning a game and how differently they can be on the same platform. Also the variety of topics you can write shows how adaptable it is.” – Teacher feedback.