Tag: english


Alan Wake – bringing it together (part 5)

It has been a busy few weeks and the project development has slowed down a little. On the plus side, Kelvin has managed to make real headway with the 4 station Xbox cabinet with the help of some sixth formers… … the XBOX station designed and built by students. We used different materials: wood for…
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26 Jun ’13 0

Alan Wake hardware choices (part 4)

Gaming in school – for literacy? Gaming for literacy is not any easy sell to other staff, before you have had a proven track record of success with students, but as they say ‘Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.’ Andre Gide I am by no…
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18 Jun ’13 0

Alan Wake (part 3)

The script for Alan Wake is amazing.  It is even more impressive when the sound effects and background audio adds depth to the experience. Playing on the Xbox just amplified the experience. What is more, I have learnt a little about “script writing” code (no computing code) and the need for space on a script…
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17 Jun ’13 0

Wake-ing a thirst for literacy (part 2)

Having only assumed the role of English teacher fairly recently, I typically have to read for the very first time, the text I am about to teach, for the very first time, a few weeks before the term starts. Being on the school leadership team comes with many privileges however you are expected to ‘fill-in’…
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11 Jun ’13 0

Wake-ing a thirst for literacy (part 1)

I had been on the look out for a cinematic, highly narrative video-game title to re-purpose as a writing stimulus for some time now, inspired by Tim Ryland’s use of Myst and following on from the success of using US hit series Flash Forward as a writing stimulus for lower ability sets. I say ‘lower…
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9 Jun ’13 0

Drop everything and read

This is the first time I have EVER been in a library. Is there any single more important duty of an English Department, of a school even, than introducing our students to the wonders of reading? I would like to think that almost any Head of Department worth their salt could put up a good fight defending…
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23 Apr ’13 0