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Start date: Jan 1, 2014, End date: Dec 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Game Jams have been organised for several years around the world and are a powerful instrument to stimulate innovation in the creation, development and deployment of educational games. Game Jam events are typically organised for 48 hours and simultaneously conducted in various locations. They offer the possibility to develop an idea into a potentially innovative solution around specific themes while at the same time offering the opportunity to explore the process of development.The European Game Jam Learning Hub, JamToday, will establish a central networking hub for the sustainable implementation and uptake of the next generation of educational games across Europe. In recent years, the Game Jam approach has been increasingly effective in bringing stakeholders together around relevant themes and challenges. There is now a need to focus on establishing a sustainable learning hub for raising awareness of educational games and their use within learning environments. JamToday seeks to achieve this by bringing together key organisations at regional, national and European levels to move this work forward.JamToday will support the creation, implementation and deployment of educational games by creating methods and tools and by providing support for events across Europe, at local, regional and national levels. Given the emerging focus on new learning environments, JamToday will also support the move towards games as contextual interventions and foster awareness-raising and innovation between the games and learning sectors with the intention of demonstrating real-life impact.JamToday seeks to provide a replicable model of good practice in the design of transformative environments and to provide methods and tools that have been validated from several perspectives.Each year, JamToday will set up game jams in at least seven locations across Europe. Every JamToday Competition will focus on a particular theme and each year a pan European event will be organized around one of the main themes; in 2014 Improving ICT skills (such as learning coding skills or creating games); in 2015 Adopting healthier lifestyles (such as healthy eating or changing antisocial behavior); and in 2016 Supporting learning of mathematics (such as sustaining engagement).JamToday will provide provide opportunities at local, regional, national and European levels by:•\tProviding a central learning hub for participating organisations and to encourage stakeholders through the provision of game jam tools, self-assessment modules, expert advice and the exchange of best practice•\tEstablishing a connected series of game jam competitions in at least seven countries every year•\tEnsuring strategic follow-up activities at local levels to ensure widespread dissemination and take-up•\tHosting pan-European conference events at which the winning teams present their approaches and solutions•\tEnsuring strategic dissemination and follow-up for widespread take up at a European level

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