Practice working memory… with Hopspots

By |2020-09-09T12:16:14+00:00June 12th, 2018|

Practice working memory… with Hopspots By Trine Askjær-Jørgensen Hopspots is standing in the middle of the classroom with the 12 colorful spots spread all over the floor because now it's time for the pupils to move while learning. The teacher, Monica, started a game of Sequence. William is next in line to remember the sequence. He starts with the yellow spot next to the speaker stand, then the turquoise, lying far away next to the blackboard, purple... and then... William hesitates... was it the black or the brown spot that was next? His classmates yell "Brown, brown! Brown's next", trying to help him because if he makes a wrong step the game starts over. William steps on the brown spot, which gives out a loud fart and makes all the children laugh. Now it's his turn to add a new spot to the sequence. He picks the green one, and Flora is up next. The children benefit from playing Sequence because they have to remember an order, which they make longer and longer together. Here the pupils can help each other out if some are having a harder time than others remembering the order - in [...]

Hopspots connects play with learning in primary schools, at nursing homes – and now also in the Middle East

By |2020-09-09T12:18:53+00:00May 29th, 2018|

Hopspots connects play with learning in primary schools, at nursing homes - and now also in the Middle East BY: HENRIK SKOV ANHØJ HESK@ERHVERVPLUS.DK Published May 18th 2018 kl. 08:00 The 12 Hopspots light up according to the game that is on and then you just have to start jumping. The instructions come from a speaker in the charging station. Picture: Axel Schütt Read more at Århus Stiftstedende

Release-party and test of The Island

By |2020-09-09T12:29:48+00:00April 24th, 2018|

Release-party and test of The Island By Trine Askjær-Jørgensen The 13th of April we had a party and celebrated that we moved into our new office and that we released a new game; The Island. It all started in the afternoon, where we talked about the making of the game, the team behind it, the story itself and the test of the game. Ahead of the release pupils from Gammelgårdsskolen tested the game together with their teacher and two students, from the teacher education in Aarhus. The pupils got on stage at the party and told everyone about their experience with The Island. The development of the game, The Island, began around two years ago and initally started out as "HistorieHopperen", which was supposed to contain two interative stories, namely Lakridsmanden by Louis Jensen and The Island by Boris Hansen, of about 30 minutes in length. The Ministry of Education partly funded HistorieHopperen, which eventually turned into two separate games/stories independent of each other, which contained much more than what was intially intended and thus ended up taking much longer than half an hour to play. The idea of The Island was that we would make [...]

Workshop in Funder Børnehus: Music & Movement

By |2020-09-09T12:55:00+00:00April 9th, 2018|

Workshop in Funder Børnehus: Music and Movement By Trine Askjær-Jørgensen On the 14th of March Hopspots went to Funder Børnehus, where we held a workshop for pedagogues who are part of a so-called media-network in Silkeborg Municipality. This blog is about the workshop, and emphasizes the ideas that were created and experimented with that day, allowing other Hopspots-users to benefit from these and making it possible for interested people to learn more about the different ways one can use Hopspots. 8 pedagogues from four different day care centres in the municipality were present at the workshop together with Aviaja, founder of Hopspots, media-researcher Stine Liv Johansen from Aarhus University and me. The workshop was the first out of four workshops, which are part of a project that is to experiment with creative use of Hopspots in day care institutions. This time the theme was “Music and Movement”, and therefore we experimented with how Hopspots can be used in relation to that. First, we worked our way through the different games in the Hopspots’ app together, where we brainstormed and experimented with the ideas that came up. But, before that we started out with hearing a bit [...]

BETT-show 2018

By |2020-09-09T12:58:21+00:00February 19th, 2018|

BETT-show 2018 By Trine Askjær-Jørgensen In week 4 Hopspots once again went to BETT-show in London and we had a blast. BETT is short for British Educational Training and Technology-show and at this show there are lots of opportunities for people within the educational sector to get new ideas and inspiration for ways to integrate technology into teaching. This year was the first time we had our own stand at BETT-show – close to the BETT futures-area, where we were located last year. Here we showed Hopspots to tons of interested people and playful children from January 23rd to 26th – and we really enjoyed it! There was heavy interest in the product, which was actually the only one of its kind at the show. One of the wonderful things about going out to show Hopspots is getting a lot of feedback from our current customers. Among others we got the following positive statements: “When the pupils get to pick what they are going to do, they pick Hopspots” “They don’t feel that it’s learning – because it’s just play to them!” “The pupils really like it. They play it every day!” Hopspots is going to [...]

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