The latest World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) will be held on October 29-31 in Education City.
Doha: The latest World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) on October 29-31 in Doha will be accompanied by activities under the title ‘PLAY’ which will showcase the growing role of games in learning at all stages of life.
WISE is inviting the local community to enjoy free, hands-on access to over 40 game-based learning tools from around the world at the PLAY 160 installation in Education City.
The general public will be able to experience the collection of user-friendly 21st century learning materials via the WISE website at www.wise-qatar.org/play.
PLAY was developed in collaboration with Katie Salen, a leading authority in the field of game-based learning and Executive Director at the Institute of Play, a not-for-profit organisation based in New York City dedicated to harnessing the educational potential of games, and with Trafik, known for conceiving interactive multimedia artwork that combines visual, material and digital elements.
Salen said: “One big goal of the PLAY programme is to bring the world of game-based learning to life for an audience who may be new to the idea. We hope it will inspire and educate the audience about the many forms that games and learning can take.”
The PLAY 160 installation, designed as an artistic tribute to game-based learning, uses latest developments in the fields of light design and kinetic art.
“Combining the approach of game-based learning with our design and programming skills, PLAY 160 immerses the public in an intuitive experience where visitors of any age may discover, rediscover and play with the basics of colour, geometry as well as musical composition,” said Pierre Rodiere, Founder and Head Designer at Trafik.
The three strands of the WISE PLAY programme are:
PLAY 160, a major interactive installation on display at Education City’s Ceremonial Court until November 2 from 4.30pm to 9pm. There will be special public access to facilitate visits and hands-on experience of the international collection of 40 game-based learning tools, organised around nine major subject themes.
The tools will be made available through the WISE website.
A lecture and workshop at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar by Salen, who will also speak at WISE 2013.
H E Dr Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali Al Thani, Chairman of WISE, said: “WISE seeks to transform education through all possible forms of innovation. Game-based learning includes two indispensable elements for success in this task: it gives students control over their learning environment and combines learning with entertainment.
“I am confident that this year’s WISE cultural programme will appeal to learners of all ages, and I extend a warm invitation to all members of the local community to experience WISE PLAY at Education City,” he added.