University of Aberdeen – Commonwealth Sports Tour
The Commonwealth Sports Tour – a 12 week programme of events aiming to engage children from the local community with Commonwealth Sports and enhance their understanding of the Commonwealth has been developed by Aberdeen University Sports Union in partnership with Aberdeen Sports Village (ASV). Events kick off on April 21st. The sessions allow children (P4 – S2) to experience a range of sports with top class coaching provided by students of the University of Aberdeen. Emphasis will be placed strongly on increasing physical activity and participation in sport by offering children the chance to learn twelve different sports throughout an extended period at low cost. Not only will these sessions be led by student volunteers who are active in the club set-up, opportunities will be given to children who wish to pursue any new interest in particular sports they learn. It is hoped in turn that this will give impetus for students to continue to volunteer in their local community learning skills such as active citizen as set out in the Aberdeen University graduate attributes.
Glasgow Caledonian University – Gaming for Glasgow 2014
Staff and students from Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) are collaborating with the Celtic Foundation Charity and nine Glasgow Primary Schools on an innovative educational initiative which supports the development of digital skills. The full programme comprises a wide range of activities linked together by the theme of the Commonwealth Games including workshops which provide CPD support for teachers in audio editing; interactive storytelling workshops in which pupils co-create animations and workshops with industry experts such as Danny McGrath.
Gaming for Glasgow takes its name from the central project in which 200 GCU Computer Games Students are working in teams with pupils to co-design interactive games designed around the Glasgow 2014 Legacy Priorities. Each game addresses key curriculum areas including cultural diversity, world music, commonwealth languages, citizenship, and sustainability. One student from each team will visit a school and work with pupils on the conceptual design of the games. The student teams then convert the conceptual ideas to real games. The circle is complete when the pupils play test the final games and feedback to the design teams. The benefits to students include skills development in planning, leadership and communication, and the project promotes a sense of citizenship.
Open University in Scotland – Personal Best
Personal Best is an interactive App which will capitalise on the buzz around the Glasgow Commonwealth Games to help individuals achieve extraordinary results by applying winning sports psychology to their personal goals. The App will be open to the public and hosted by The Open University and surfaced through Facebook to encourage existing online communities to form ‘support teams’ to help an individual achieve their own goals, be it running a half marathon, writing a novel, achieving a particular study goal or losing weight. The App builds on the highly successful Olympisize Me, an online interactive resource developed by the OU to provide a self-assessment mechanism.
Although Personal Best can be applied to any area of personal development, we would anticipate that many individuals, encouraged by the Commonwealth Games will use the App to set themselves goals in the area of fitness and health. The App will continue to be supported by the OU after the Commonwealth Games come to an end.