Monthly Archives: May 2013

When gaming can be good for you: Computer games to support adolescent healthcare

Video games can elicit different reactions in different people. Gamers relish the challenges and fun that it brings to them and how they can fulfil elements of their recreational, relaxation and social needs.

However there are also the concerns about how much time young people spend playing games. The increase in sedentary behaviour associated with their uses as well as the potential to increase antisocial and aggressive behaviours in teenagers.

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Making Games at Birmingham City University

The BSc (Hons) Computer Games Technology course is now into it’s fourth year and continues to go from strength to strength as a result of input from industry and the excellent work produced by our students.

Microsoft’s Imagine Cup

This year saw no let up in the activities that we were involved with. The year started with the first and second year students preparing for Microsoft’s International competition the Imagine Cup, an annual technology competition aimed at bringing together student innovators from all over the world. If successful winning teams would get to compete on a global stage in St. Petersburg in Russia and have the chance of winning up to $50,000.

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Is £2 million enough?

The government has announced £2 million of funding to train teachers to deliver the new computing curriculum in schools.

Under the new Computer Science initiative announced by Michael Gove, children from the age of 5 will be taught the basics of computer science. As Elizabeth Truss (education minister) said “We want a generation of children being taught how to write computer animations or design apps for smartphones – not be bored by lessons in how to fill in spreadsheets or learn word processing.

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