National Science Week

National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology and thousands of individuals – from students, to scientists to chefs and musicians – get involved, taking part in more than 1000 science events across the nation. It aims to encourage an interest in science pursuits among the general public, and to encourage younger people to become fascinated by the world we live in.

During National Science Week, Quantum Victoria presents a once-off opportunity:

Taking Learning Mobile: Augmented Reality Gaming & The Mystery of Charles La Trobe

Using ARIS, a free open-source platform for easily creating and playing games, tours and interactive stories on mobile devices, students will experience augmented reality – a hybrid world of virtual interactive characters, items and media placed in both physical and virtual spaces. Using GPS, QR codes, iPads and their imagination, this ARIS based program will allow students to experience, and rapidly produce interactive, narrative centric, geo-location games while engaging in problem solving, team work, critical thinking, design and systems thinking. 

During this workshop, students will be engaged with a custom ARIS game built by the team at Quantum Victoria. 

Navigating La Trobe University, with an iPad in your inventory, can you solve the Mystery of Charles LaTrobe? 

Learning Outcomes:

Discover how GPS & Geocaching can be incorporated into Game Design; Examine the use of location-based games; Utilize problem solving & team work skills; See that Science is alive outside the classroom; Leave the workshop with ideas on how to create their own augmented reality games.

Audience: Year 7 to 10

When: Tuesday 13th & Wednesday 14th of August 2013

Where: Quantum Victoria

Time: 10am – 2pm

Cost: Free (students required to bring their own morning tea & lunch)

To register contact or call (03) 9223 1460

Learning 2.013

Join me @ Learning 2.013 in October, 2013 at United World College South East Asia.

The theme for this year’s conference is Making Change. Really looking forward to connecting with educators from around Asia and the world as we explore Maker Culture, Tinkering & Hands-on learning!

Here’s my teaser for a 3.5 hour extended session into Interactive Fiction.

Hope to see you there.

Moving Toward Balance

“Whatever your doing, your trajectory has to be toward happiness. There’s just no point otherwise.”

MOVE – A (very) Short Film About Trail Running from Darcy Turenne on Vimeo.

Late last year I started running again. I needed to find balance. Perspective. 

Work can become all consuming if you let it. You need to find a balance between interests outside of work, spending time with those who mean the most to you and scheduling plenty of down time. Once you get to that place, you rediscover why you do what you do.

The ability to have a positive influence on the development of young people is a privilege. This privilege requires that we have balance.  Balance enables the fire to keep burning brightly.

We owe that not only to ourselves but also our students.