Digital Leaders

Digital Leaders are positions of responsibility for students with an interest ICT. These student leaders are a central to the ICT and ICTAC strategy plans and play a central role during the Digital Media and Gaming Club (DMGC).

The Digital Media and Gaming Club is an ICT project aimed at raising student attainment, building relationships and to enthuse students about ICT. Held every Wednesday afternoon and with a slant towards imedia and gaming it easily attracts boys, to compensate we actively encourage and support our female members. Each week we start with an hour of digital media, software, exploration and activities such as image manipulation and animation often just out of reach of our taughtcurriculum. We are currently developing the curriculum.  The second hour is network gaming using tested morgueware with either design or collaboration at its core. The balance of ICT and gaming is still under review.

The Digital Leaders inform our ICT strategy, the development our of Learning Platform development (Skoogle), future CPD activities and our netbook 1-2-1 project.

Getting started:

We have an AUP that underpins all curriculum and extra-curricular activities plus we use AB Tutor control to monitor PC use.

Parent / guardian permission letters requesting contact details, outlining times and registration via a Goggle form. Registration for 60 people takes too long andotherwise wastes valuable time.

Andrew Sangster, my colleague, has sourced and provide a range of FREEWARE gaming options – these run from a small menu system that is only available outside curriculum time. Currently;

1. First Person Shooters; Alien Arena 2008, America’s Army, OpenArena, Tremulous, UrbanTerror, Warsow, Wolfenstein – Enemy Territory and World of Padman.

2. Misc Games; Armagetron Advanced, BZ Flag Savage – Battle For Newerth, TeeWorlds, Walaber’s Trampoline and Wormux.

3. Racing Games; Super Tux Kart and TrackMania Nations ESWC

4. Real Time Strategy Games; C and C Red Alert, Spring.

We hope to move this discussion to the VLE.

Now in their second year we were very pleased with the progress these students made and the impact they had of teacher training. They have presented at a number of key events and their presence often noted as a highlight. We are mrope than happy to share their work with other school and exhibit their conference coverage at your request.

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