Sony Announce Next PS Vita Roadshow Dates

PlayStation Vita Rooms

PlayStation Brings Portable Gaming to Your Doorstep

PlayStation Vita is back on the road and this time we’re hitting Glasgow!
PS Vita Rooms will be arriving in Glasgow on Tuesday 24th January at 211 Sauchiehall Street. The space will be open to the public for one week until Sunday 29th January before touring to London prior to the product’s official launch on the 22nd February 2012.

The PS Vita Rooms comes to Glasgow from Manchester, where a host of celebrities came to check out the new gadget including Tim Westwood who inspired Manchester City’s Mario Balotelli’s to DJ at the space. Other celebs that popped in included Amir Khan, the Happy Monday’s Bez and Manchester United’s Tom Cleverly, Danny Welbeck and Phil Jones.

Visitors to the space in Glasgow will be able to engage with a full program of events, including a live PA by superstar Grime MC, Lethal Bizzle, on Wednesday 25th January. Full details and further announcements will be made on the PlayStation Access Facebook page.

You’ll also be one of the first in the UK to get hands on with this eagerly anticipated console, set to redefine portable gaming. Visitors get the chance to preview some of the PlayStation Vita’s innovative features, including its OLED screen, Dual Analog Sticks, Front and Rear Touchpads and Front and Rear Cameras.

On show will be a full range of titles, including Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Reality Fighters, FIFA Football, Gravity Rush, Little Deviants, ModNation Racers and Wipeout 2048.

Staff will be on hand at the PS Vita Rooms to answer any burning questions you have about the console, and you may even get the chance to meet some of the developers behind these great games!

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The new PS Vita – Launching Feb 22nd

The wait is a almost over! The PlayStation Vita is a powerul, portable next generation gaming device built to deliver the ultimate portable gaming experience – inside and outside the classroom. Please visit our web pages regularly for more information.

Retailing at £279 incl VAT for the wi-fi and 3G mobile version and £229 incl Vat for wifi only.

Download the vita training manual here.

PlayStation are running hands-on workshop sessions on PS Vita open to anyone to attend. The next sessions run in Manchester 63 Deansgate, dates below. See the PlayStation blog here for more.

PS Vita rooms.

Friday 13th January: 12PM – 8PM
Saturday 14th January: 10AM – 8PM
Sunday 15th January: 10AM – 8PM
Monday 16th January: 12PM – 4PM
Tuesday 17th January: 12PM – 6PM
Wednesday 18th January: 12PM – 8PM



Live at BETT – game based learning demos & workshops

ConnectED at BETT 2012, Stand N54, Grand Hall Gallery, Olympia Wednesday 11th – Saturday 14th January 2012.

This year we will be joined on stand by our educational partners, delivering exclusive live on stand presentations on Game Based Learning throughout BETT. Find out the most effective game based learning resources available to teach languages, how 3D animation and augmented reality can bring lessons across the curriculum to life, how innovative game based learning strategies and multimedia teacher training can deliver results in your institution.

Game based learning works in education – join us on stand N54 and find out more!

Download our workshops schedule here

BETT is nearly here! Wed 11th – Sat 14th January 2012

Wishing you a very warm welcome back after the holidays. We hope that you have all had a restful and enjoyable break. We are busy putting the finishing touches to our BETT plans. Please join us on Stand N54 in the Grand Hall Gallery, Olympia from Wednesday 11th – Saturday 14th January. We will be showcasing our range of Sony technologies and games based learning (GBL) consultancy and training. We are pleased to offer on site demos and workshops in conjunction with our educational training partners. Please visit our BETT webpages here for more. We look forward to seeing you.

Best Wishes for the Holiday Season & Happy New Year

As the end of term fast approaches we hope that you all have a restful break.

Coming to BETT in January?

We’d love to see you, please pop along to stand N54 in the Grand Hall Gallery, Olympia, 11th – 14th January 2012. We’ll be showcasing our range of Sony technologies and game based learning (GBL) consultancy and training – supporting the delivery of rich interactive media enhancing teaching and learning. Please visit our webpages here for more on BETT 2012.

Best wishes, ConnectED Team.

Game Based Learning Transforms Teaching & Learning at RRMA

The event organised by game based learning consultants and trainers ConnectED Services Ltd. focused on new ways of teaching and learning and how Game Based learning can significantly improve teacher multimedia skills and transform teaching and learning. The event programme showcased critical thinking, decision making, independent and collaborative learning via ‘mission’ and ‘quest’ based activities and how to use ICT in a new build more efficiently and cohesively, as well as how to utilise the technologies students are already familiar with outside the classroom within lessons to engage, encourage independence and embed learning.

Watch the ITV Border TV news report from the conference here:


The successful event delivered an informed message about how we can create a better future for our schools & students through the enhanced use of interactive game based technologies.

The programme was a mixture of cognisant presentations from experts across education, industry experts including Pearson Learning, Emap and Northgate and game based consultants and trainers ConnectED Services Ltd.

Delegates were given the opportunity to get hands on and watch students at the academy using game based learning within lessons. These workshop sessions were informative and inspiring for both students and event delegates showcasing work across the curriculum including BTEC students using Multimedia Fusion to create games, MFL students using PlayStation Portables and Mac Books to make recordings to improve speaking and listening, Religious Education using ‘Comic Life’ to create their own comics to bring lessons to life, History students used Audacity to create a radio interview with William the Conqueror, the 6th form students used Prezi to develop their presentation skills, and used Stop Motion Animation to deliver school reports.

It was fantastic to watch the students, some of who have struggled with learning in the past, talk articulately and with passion about how they use game based learning in their lessons. It was clear that adopting game based learning techniques and effectively using multimedia technologies has helped to ensure students are engaged with their lessons and able to learn at a pace that is right for them. The students really welcomed the delegates to their lessons and confidently demonstrated their learning.’

Ali Taylor, Assistant Head, Richard Rose Morton Academy

About Game Based Learning at The Richard Rose Morton Academy

ConnectED & Northgate have been working closely with RRMA and have successfully delivered strategy and teacher training on the use, practice and pedagogy of multimedia technologies across the academy. Head teacher Katie Robinson’s vision is to make RRMA a central ‘hub’ for GBL in the North of England. Her vision focuses around supporting students to learn in the ways that appeal most to them. Combining engaging ways of learning on GBL with a focus on students own environment, local history and the importance of their place in the world.

GBL is a different way of seeing the world. Personally people develop by their own challenge. If you take a person to the edge of what they already know and challenge them to learn more then they learn and they learn for good. ‘

Katie Robinson, Head teacher, Richard Rose Morton Academy

GBL provides real opportunities for both students and teachers. A school / authority wide Game Based Learning strategy and associated teacher training can really engage students and teachers embed learning and deliver results’

Mark Stimpfig, Director, ConnectED Services Ltd. (ConnectED)

About ConnectED Services Ltd.
Working with education and corporate training in the UK and overseas we sell technology and consultancy focused around the delivery of rich interactive media to enhance teaching and learning.

Products include, SONY PlayStation, SONY Virtuoso language lab software and ConnectED TV for education.  We also provide consultancy and training on games based learning to all sectors of education.

ConnectED clients are supported by an expert team of educational specialists, programme directors, project managers, It specialists, marketing and admin support.



Latest Agenda Announced for Game Based Learning Event, Wed 7th Dec 2011

Game Based Learning Conference
Richard Rose Morton Academy, Wednesday 7th December 2011

10.30 am  Coffee & Registration
Vendor stands represented here are from:
Northgate Information Systems, EMAP, ConnectED Services, Toshiba, Digimania, WAK Studios and Black Ridge Technologies

11.00 am Welcome
Katie Robinson, Headteacher RRMA, Welcome and Vision Statement on GBL

11.10 am The day to come
Mark Stimpfig, Director, ConnectED.
Introducing the day, setting context, themes

11.20 am GBL and future proofing the skills of our students
Margaret Weaver, Head of Learning, Information & Student Services, University of Cumbria
Game based learning has impact and relevance across education. The importance of ‘future skills’ in terms of Higher Education and the part that technology will play in the government and industry’s demands on future employability skills is discussed.

11. 30 am Marie Hamilton, Northgate Opening Presentation
ICT in new schools. how Northgate the new build @ Richard Rose benefited from the Northgate effect; a summary of the key technologies and importance to teaching and learning in RRMA.

11.40 am Practitioner sessions
Game Based Learning works in Education!

Rich Healey, ex CLC Manager and GBL Trainer
Rich looks in detail at the training programme he and his colleagues have been delivering @ RRMA. Immersive teacher training has been delivered with a group of vanguard teachers in BTEC, History, Geography and MFL, using a mixture of bespoke software, freeware, games consoles and online resources. (Special workshops where staff and students @ RRMA will be working on projects started by Richard and his team will be running in the lunchtime and afternoon periods.)

Track 1: parallel RRMA teacher student workshops:
12 – 1.00 pm Teachers and students who have been directly involved in the GBL training @ RRMA will be working on a series of project based activities around BTEC, MFL, Geography and History in two classrooms next to the lecture theatre. Delegates are invited in groups of 10 to go into one of the classrooms and see for themselves the delivery and practice in action. Delegates will need to choose in advance which of the 3 presentations below to miss in order to see this classroom delivery.

Track 2: parallel teacher practitioner deliveries from across the UK:
Experienced practitioners from across the UK look at how the use of GBL has made demonstrable improvements to their own schools and the wider environments

I feel the chemistry!
Warren Fearn, Creative Director, Wak Studios
Warren introduces the latest STEM project in collaboration with Autodesk to teach Chemistry through digital animation. Using elements of the periodic table as a basis and creating concept characters as part of the elements. The characters were transformed into 3D using Autodesk Maya for students to download and animate. The aim is to encourage students to use the software and to animate their own character designs. This has been matched with an NCFE qualification if Schools wish to gain accreditation for students at GCSE level.

Bringing languages to life
Will Harvey, Language College Coordinator, Didcot Girls’ School
Will uses his extensive knowledge of languages combined with his use and enthusiasm for a wide range of interactive media to enhance engagement and attainment in languages. At one end of the scale Will uses a full on multimedia language lab, and at the other he works with students creating blogs, wikis, using freeware and simple but effective audio, video and picture resource creation programmes.

NEET Young people and engagement through GBL
Chris Ward ex CLC manager and GBL trainer and Mark Stimpfig:
There are now 1 million NEET Young People in the UK. The UK August riots brought into sharp focus both the ability of young people to use interactive media cohesively and powerfully and highlights the  issue of how to deal with long term structural unemployment  which is a vital part of any local and national government agenda. ConnectED with its training partner Eureka Consulting has developed a unique programme for NEET Young People delivered on games based platforms like Sony PlayStation which effectively addresses this issue.

1.00 pm Lunch and networking opportunities in the school atrium area
Vendor stands represented here are from:
Northgate Information Systems, EMAP, ConnectED Services, Toshiba, Digimania, WAK Studios and Black Ridge Technologies

1.30 – 2.00pm  RRMA tours of the school.
2 deputy head teachers will be available to provide guided tours of the new school. The tours will be supplemented with the use of interactive technologies via the use of ‘QR’ codes triggered on PlayStations and iPads using an innovative augmented reality programme called Second Sight, from Black Ridge Technologies.

2.00 pm Strategic presentations
Vision and change Management: how to implement GBL in the classroom and the community

Understanding the importance of GBL and why it addresses the current issues
Mark Stimpfig, Director, ConnectED Services Ltd.
Students now have access to and control of a vast range of technology outside of school; inside of school their access and control is limited and prescriptive. GBL looks at how to get value from massive investment in new builds and new technology in those builds. GBL provides practical solutions to the problems of cover for retraining increased demands on teacher time and government and industry’s demands on future employment skills for the 21st century.

Address the disconnect.  Get Creative with teacher CPD.
Mike Carter ex CLC Manager Newcastle
Involve staff and students directly in CPD to get results and address the student teacher divide. Harnessing the power of differentiation, self-assessment and collaboration to deliver powerful CPD in today’s learning environment.

Smart ICT Procurement for Schools
Joe Willcox, Content Director, EMAP
In the area of procuring the best technology solutions to enrich teaching and learning and to improve school efficiency, new freedoms will allow schools to migrate away from potentially wasteful and unsuitable one-size-fits-all methods and suppliers. But the scrapping of BECTA and the shrinking of local authority support networks will increase the need for many schools to become truly smart buyers and users of ICT and to look for ways they can learn from and support each other. Learn from Emap and Futuresource Consulting about the different ways in which different kinds of school can organise ICT procurement and accelerate the development of your school’s strategy to maximise the value of technology solutions across the lifecycle of the hardware and software you use.

Game based learning gets results authority wide
Dr Jo Armitage, Lecturer The Open University
A community based programme across all of Hounslow schools HOTS (Hold onto Sports) used GBL and the Nintendo Wii as a tool to inspire learning and to stimulate interest in a wide variety of sports, health and presentational skills. Results demonstrated real and tangible improvements in motivation, self-esteem and impact on team spirit across all ages and in SEN. The programme has since woon the endorsement and backing of the London 2012 Olympics.

Rich media: how Pearson has developed their digital strategies for education.
Marc Bloch Head of Digital Strategy Pearson
As one the biggest global educational publishers Pearson has a huge influence on the next generation of students. Marc explains Pearson’s current strategies and content in the context of web 2.0 and the new demands of the 21st Century workplace.

Successful implementation of technology into new build schools
Keith McCarthy, Solution Architect, Northgate

4.00 Break, coffee
Vendor stands represented here are from:
Northgate Information Systems, EMAP, ConnectED Services, Toshiba, Digimania, WAK Studios and Black Ridge Technologies

4.30 Plenary Session
A panel of national experts are available for an open and engaged conversation with the delegates on GBL and the difference it can make across education and training.

5.30 Close

To book places please fill in our online booking form here or contact Vanessa Cardwell on [email protected] or call +44(0) 844 800 9375 .
All booking delegates will automatically be entered into our prize draw to win a Sony PlayStation Portable. Please visit our webpage here for T&Cs.

Visit the Richard Rose Morton Academy online here.
Watch the video with Katie Robinson, Head of Richard Rose Morton Academy. Here she explains why GBL is so important at RRMA.

Retweet details on our Game Based Learning Event for a chance to win a pair of tickets

To celebrate the launch of the new Richard Rose Morton Academy and the deployment of new interactive game based technology, we are offering one lucky winner a chance to win a pair of tickets to the GBL Conference on Dec 7th. Enter by retweeting. Visit our GBL twitter page and retweet.

Terms & Conditions
  1. This competition is run by ConnectED Services Ltd.
  2. This competition is open to EU residents aged 18 and over only.
  3. You can enter on Twitter no more than twice per day, this is to avoid spamming the Twitter time-line.
  4. The competition ends Midnight 29th November 2011, winners will be picked at random by an independent 3rd party and announced shortly after.
  5. ConnectED Services Ltd reserves the right to end or amend this competition at any time without notice.
  6. The competition winner / winners must arrange his/her own travel and/or accommodation for the event.
  7. No cash alternative is available.
  8. Employees and immediate family members of ConnectED Services Limited are not eligible to enter.
  9. By entering the competition you agree to your details being used in follow up publicity on our website and in our direct mail campaigns.
  10. Winners agree to be contacted by the ConnectED marketing team to be included in a case study post event. Good luck!
  11. Please visit our privacy policy here

GBL Event – Book and Enter Our Free Prize Draw for a Sony PlayStation Portable

GBL Event, Wednesday 7th December 2011. Richard Rose Morton Academy, Carlisle


Entry is easy.


Please see terms & conditions below. Please visit our GBL events page here for further information on the event and to book.

• Entry is free of charge. Delegates booking onto the GBL event on 7/12/11  will automatically be entered into the prize draw.
• Only one entry per person allowed.
• Successful respondents will be notified via email. Please ensure you provide a valid email address.
• 1 x PlayStation Portable available.
• Draw will take place In the week following the GBL event. Winners will be announced no later than end December 2011
• Winners will be selected by an independent 3rd party
• No cash alternative is available.
• Employees and immediate family members of ConnectED Services Limited are not eligible to enter
• We may wish to use winner’s details in follow up publicity on our website and in our direct mail campaigns.
• Winners agree to be contacted by the ConnectED marketing team to be included in a case study post event

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PO Box 54946, London W3 7YU
Tel: +44(0) 844 800 9375 Email: [email protected]


New Speaker Announced GBL Event 07/12/11

Mike Carter, Tyncan presents on ‘Teacher CPD in interactive and games based media’. Mike has worked in education since the early 1980s. He has always embraced changes in technology from a pedagogical rather than technical standpoint. His presentation focuses on the characteristics of good CPD, how game based learning addresses the student teacher divide and contributes and supports differentiation, self assessment, assessment for learning, collaboration, peer assessment and team building. Mike set up Tyncan in 2011, the company provides training, conference facilities and consultancy across the North East.

For more information on the GBL event and to book places visit our events page here.

For more on Tyncan please visit the website here.