Understanding Games: Getting the most Bang for your Buck!

Hi! In a continuing effort to clarify some grey areas and demistify our practice and procedures, we’ve created a new infographic.  This one helps to give you a very high level view of some of the different Read more of this post

50 sheep, lots of caffeine and the number 68; some fun facts about PIXELearning!

What do 50 sheep, lots of caffeine and the number 68 have in common? Take a look at the infographic about PIXEL and find out!

Some fun facts about PIXELearning.

Why are games good for learning?

Ever wondered what all the fuss is about around serious games? Take a look at the infographic below for an overview of why games are good for learning.

A little interview with Human Value International

Came across this little interview I did a while back for Human Value International and thought I’d share it with our readers! It covers some of the key questions about serious games such as the what, why and hows of the industry.

1. Would you present yourself in shortly to our audience (profile, organisation)?
PIXELearning is a world-leading provider of immersive learning simulations and ‘Serious Games’ for organisational learning and development, business education and marketing communications. PIXELearning combines technology, the creative arts and, most importantly, an understanding of how people really learn in 21st century society.

The company was established in 2002 specifically to provide eLearning experiences which are designed, from the ground up, using game-based approaches and technologies.
The company’s ethos is that technology is best used in a learning context when it allows people to communicate, collaborate, share ideas and knowledge and, apply information and theory in a safe but realistic simulation of real life situations.

PIXELearning have worked on a vast array of projects with a varied user base such as Read more of this post

Connectivity, Mobile & Serious Games

So this morning while I was sipping my first cup of coffee I sat back and watched a film about Spectrum Crunch. I thought that sounds like an interesting problem for the future but not something that’s going to directly affect me. But then the narrator said something that made me sit up and take note; AT&T claim we are going to run out of spectrum by 2014… That’s only a Read more of this post

Flash is dead! OK now get off the band wagon and calm down dear!

If I had a pound for every time someone had told me recently that Flash is dead, I’d take you all out for a pint and tell you about why Flash is far from 6 feet under. But so far, no one has been so generous; so I’ll have to make do and blog about it instead.

Now I’m not a techie and I’m not a coder, and I’m not a business woman, but Read more of this post

“Learning what they learnt would have helped with a lot of lessons learned” PIXELearning 2010

If you overheard someone talking about private equity, net profit, direct costs, floatation and surplus, what judgments would you make about their job, and their skill sets? You would be forgiven for thinking that they work in the financial industry or at least studied finance. I’m afraid neither is true, these are just some of the terms flying around a group of thirty 13-14 year old students on Tuesday!

March 9th 2010 saw the final heat of The Enterprise Challenge, organised by Mosaic network, using PIXELearning’s The Business Game. Over the course of 3 months the challenge saw over 1000 students take part from across the UK. With four heats played, the six top teams were invited to London for the nail biting final.

An hour of game play saw frustration by some teams, a relaxed approach by others but a determination to win by all.

Giving young people the chance to develop their entrepreneurial skills and be mentored by experienced business men and women – the Apax Partners – Mosaic Enterprise Challenge saw students achieved virtual net profits of over £5.8 million by Handsworth Girls School (West Midlands) and £5.9 million by Small Heath School (West Midlands).

The winners were Manchester Academy with a staggering virtual net profit of £6.3 million.

Awarded by Evan Davis, presenter of Dragon’s Den, the winners won £3,000 for their school, a behind the scenes tour of the BBC news broadcasting room with Mishal Hussain, a meeting with the Chancellor of the Exchequer at Number 11 Downing Street, before a stop off at Apax offices for tea. For their final treat the winners were whisked off for a meeting with James Cann, well known from BBC’s Dragon’s Den.

If I’d know that was the prize I would have entered too!

PIXELearning would like to wish hearty congratulations to all teams who took part in the challenge! Over the past 3 months all the team members learnt an awful lot about business concepts and how to focus their attention to achieve their goals.

You never know perhaps we have inspired the next group of Dragons!