Monday, 30 June 2008
The plan appears to be to embed subliminal lessons, which address subject areas that many students find hard to grasp such as maths and physics, into game play. According to Maniar, 'The power of games as a learning tool is the great untapped education resource of our time.'
But how do you feel about video games companies having the power to influence how children learn and what they learn? Do you agree with Maniar that this could be the next big thing in education, or do you have fears that this is just another example of technology being used irresponsibly, as was implied by this particular news item.
To read more about Capcom's plans, click here.
Well how about this example of fun learning, as proposed by the rather appropriately named Mr Rolls, and witnessed recently on a school trip to Kew Gardens?
I don't know which part I found more amusing; the actual rolling down the hill or the laborious preparations beforehand.
But that's what I call fun learning!
I also happened to happen across a number of my other recent publications including my science fiction steampunk novel Leviathan Rising, my Doctor Who book The Horror of Howling Hill and several Fighting Fantasy gamebooks I had written.
As they say, there's only one Harrods, and there's only one Match Wits with the Kids too!
Saturday, 28 June 2008
As they say on their site, 'We don’t usually use Lovereading4kids to tell parents about a book that is perfect for you the parent this summer, but with this one we couldn’t resist.'
Go over there and check it out.
Well, if that's the case, you could do a lot worse than read the review that appeared in The Independent's book section on Friday. If you missed it, you can read it online by following this link.
Go on, you know you want to!
Wednesday, 25 June 2008
The first is at Just In Just Out, which has a very comprehensive review of the book.
And then over at the wonderfully named From Bump to Grump there is the opportunity to win a copy, courtesy of Icon Books.
So what are you waiting for?
Monday, 16 June 2008
However, I have also been told that with a little canny use of the Internet yourself, a writer can achieve the same results without having the big budget to back them up.
It just goes to show, that a little effort in the right place at the right time can work wonders! A lesson for us all, I feel.
Thursday, 12 June 2008
Tuesday, 10 June 2008
Monday, 9 June 2008
If you missed it yourself, follow this link to read more at Times Online.
Friday, 6 June 2008
I still get a thrill when I see one of my books in print and in the shops, and seeing so many of them just made that thrill all the more exhilarating.
On Sunday, all things being well, a major national newspaper will hopefully be running a feature about Match Wits with the Kids, while on Monday night (at around 11.40pm) I am going to be on BBC London radio, on The Late Show, talking about the book.
So why not pick up a copy or tune in to find out more?
Thursday, 5 June 2008
Feelings of smug self-satisfaction to anyone who spots the 'deliberate' mistake ;-)