On Wednesday, a selection of IAS teachers took part in a training from the Finnish company Seppo to learn how to use their game-based learning platform. The Seppo app was a finalist in this year's BETT awards (British Educational Technology and Training).
It allows teachers to deliver their lessons in a language their students readily understand: gaming. The technology was designed with the pedagogical aims of using one's skills and knowledge to achieve a goal, while motivated through a reward system and working collaboratively. Our teachers "played" a Seppo game created for the elementary Math student, in which they solved word problems and made connections between fractions, patterns and music, all while having quite a good time.
Teachers will be piloting the program for the next 3 months. If all goes well, Seppo could be an added spice to our instructional practice at IAS.