Educational game development program
The program is implemented in English / Программа реализуется на английском языке
About Gamechangers
Gamechangers is a non-formal learning program for educators. The program will equip participants with practical knowledge on competence-based learning, educational game design and civic education.
Why games in education?
Games have the power to change attitudes and behaviors of players. Using games in education enables students to put theory into practice and further develop soft skills.
Designing an educational game is not rocket science, but it does take practice to become a great game designer.
Are you willing to change the game to change the world?
Applications are open!
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About the program

"Gamechangers" will equip participants with competencies for designing and developing their own educational games following diverse formats: simulation, role-play or even board games. The program will cover introduction to game-based learning, game development principles, practical sessions on creating own game concepts, testing the concepts, documenting games and reflecting on the application of such methodology in the education and youth work fields.
Educational games
The program focuses on educational games, which can be used by educators and youth workers to work on important topics with their target groups in a dynamic and engaging way.
Civic education
The games are envisioned to promote civic education by focusing on topics that foster an active citizenship: ecology, human rights, historical memory, anti-discrimination, critical thinking, tolerance, etc.
Practical approach
The program will be based in active learning methods where participants will have the chance to dive into theory but also put their skills into practice in their daily work.
Who is this program for?
Gameсhangers is a program designed for practitioners and students in the education field.
1
Educators
You are a teacher, trainer, youth worker, social worker or university student in the education field.
2
Baltic region
You are from Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden, Finland
or Russia (Saint Petersburg).
3
Target group
You have a group of participants (school class, student group, etc.) with whom you are ready to conduct a new game developed in Gamechangers.
4
English
You speak English at the intermediate level and above.
5
Civic topics
Are you interested in developing an educational game on civic topics such as ecology, human rights, anti-discrimination, political education, etc.
PROJECT FLOW/TIMELINE:
Program participant selection
Date: End of September

Direct communication with the Gamechangers team and/or partner organizations (EU participants)
Online course for participants from Russia
Date: 5th-11th October 2020

Online course on "Games in Civic Education". The course is conducted in Russian. Participation in the online course is a mandatory step in the Gamechangers program for participants from Russia.

Participants from Russia will receive an invitation to the course by mail in early October.
Online program launch
Date: 9th of October.18:00h Estonian/Saint-Petersburg time

Zoom. *Selected participants will receive the invitation to the online program launch as part of the preparation stage

The online program launch will serve as a first platform for participants to meet, get a bigger insight about the program's stages and get acquainted with the organizations behind it.
First Training Activity
Date: 24th - 31th October 2020

ESTONIA

The training course will be the offline meeting point for participants from all countries. The six-day program will cover introduction to game-based learning, game development principles, practical sessions on creating own game concepts, testing the concepts, documenting games and reflecting on the application of such methodology in the education and youth work fields.

What does it include?:

  • Accommodation and food: will be covered for all participants during the whole duration of the training.
  • Travel: travel arrangements for EU participants will be covered following the reimbursement rules of the Erasmus+ program (see infoletter of the activity for more details). Travel to Estonia for Participants from Russia will not be covered by the program and will be arranged by participants themselves.
Local game tests
Date: from the beginning of November until the last activity in March

Games developed by participants during the first training mobility will be further developed and tested in their local communities and target groups. Participants will be monitored by Gamechangers coordinators and previous Alumni of Gamechangers 1.0.
Support for game developing
Date: November 2020 - February 2021

Online

At this stage, you will receive support from experienced mentors (alumni and program partners) and a series of webinars for game development.

1. Webinar I – Debriefing in Game-Based Learning
2. Webinar II – Visual Game Design Webinar

Additional webinars and support for game development are possible.
Evaluation Meeting
Date: 9th - 12th march 2021
Offline

Saint-Petersburg (Russia)

The 3-day evaluation meeting will serve to review the updated version of the games, finalizing them and evaluating the overall experience of participating in the program.

What does it include?:

  • Accommodation and food: will be covered for all participants during the whole duration of the training.
  • Travel: travel arrangements for EU participants will not be covered by the program and will be arranged by participants themselves.
Game Festival
Date: 13th-14th March 2021
Offline

Saint-Petersburg (Russia)

The festival will be a two-day event that will officially mark the closing of the program. Participants will have the chance to present their games to a wider audience.

The festival will gather experts and amateurs of game-based learning interested in educational games and innovation in the field of education, and will include activities such as gaming sessions, discussions, workshops, among others.

You can watch the summary video of last year's edition here.

What does it include?:

  • Accommodation and food: will be covered for all participants during the whole duration of the training.
  • Travel: travel arrangements for EU participants will not be covered by the program and will be arranged by participants themselves.
Watch the summary video of last years edition here
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What do you get from the program?
We have developed a unique international program for educators that will provide you with experience and will connect you with an extensive network of trainers, experts and other educators from the Baltic region.
You will learn the game-based learning approach in education
You will develop your own educational game, get feedback and advice from experts
You will present your game in an international festival with local and international stakeholders
REFERENCES
FROM PARTICIPANTS 2019
Who develops the program?
Shokkin Group Estonia is a not-for-profit youth organization founded in 2011 in Tallinn (Estonia). The main aim of the organization is to empower young people to live a pro-active lifestyle by providing them with opportunities to develop competencies for personal, professional and social growth. We foster active citizenship and development of young people through creative events and projects. Locally and Internationally.

We are part of Shokkin Group International, a network of organizations with the common mission of improving the quality of youth work in Europe. We build reliable partnerships in order to achieve a positive social impact and ensure the highest quality standards in our projects.
Professional community of trainers, facilitators of non-formal education from different regions of Russia.

We develop and conduct educational programs, projects, trainings, seminars for people, organizations, communities wishing to develop: dialogue and openness, critical thinking, social justice, environmental friendliness, creativity, initiative, freedom in thoughts and actions.
International network of practitioners fostering and uniting educational programs in Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe, the Caucasus, Russia, and North Africa.

We support sustainable social development that provides safe spaces for participation, diversity, and peaceful dialogue. Together with our locally-rooted partners, we promote civic engagement and develop tailored approaches which answer the challenges of our collaborative geographies spanning 24 countries.

THK is a program of the Robert Bosch Foundation and MitOst Association.
Erasmus+
Erasmus+ is the EU's programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. During the period of 2014-2020, it provided opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain experience and volunteer abroad.
The National Foundation of Civil Society (NFCS)
NFCS: The National Foundation of Civil Society (NFCS) is a state financed civil society fund in Estonia which supports non-governmental organizations in developing their capacities, so that they can pursue their objectives consciously and purposefully.
Rosmolodezh
The Federal Agency for Youth Affairs is a federal executive body, a coordinator in the field of state youth policy, a mediator between the state and youth, representing their interests.
Terms for participation
Participation in all parts of the program is required.
The deadline for applications is
September 25th.

Number of participants
We are looking for a total of 24 participants:
8 participants from Russia (Saint Petersburg) and
16 participants from Estonia, Latvia, Sweden, Finland and Lithuania.
Selection

The selection of participants will be carried out by the organizers based on the applications received until 25 of September. Selected participants will receive an information package with all practical information by the end of September 2020.
We provide

Accommodation, meals and the educational training materials to all selected participants. Travel expenses are covered depending on the country and the stage of the program. All details are in the timeline section.
Participation fee

There will be a 50 EUR registration fee for participating in the whole program (6 months).

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