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Nic Hughes

I am the ICT Coordinator at Nightingale Primary School in the London Borough of Redbridge. I am also the Boroughs ICT AST and an ICT Advisory Teacher; 2 days a week I support schools ICT needs across the borough. For the last 3 years I have been exploring the use of games based learning within the classroom. I set up the Redbridge Game Network 2 years ago and now a group of schools (about 6 now) is working on a joint goal of how games based learning can be used to enhance the curriculum.

I have has the opportunity to speak at a number of conferences over the years. I have spoken at Games Based Learning 2010, BETT 2010 and Learning Without Frontiers 2011, Inside Government – Innovation in Education about the work of the Redbridge Games Network. I have also spoken at Handheld Learning conference about my work with programming and robots.

I keep a professional blog and also contribute to the Redbridge Games Network blog.

Dawn Hallybone

Teacher for 16 years, currently Senior teacher at Oakdale Junior School in the London Borough of Redbridge, part of the Leadership team of the school.  I also work one day a week for the local borough as an associate consultant in innovative technologies.I have been using games within my classroom and promoting the use of them within the school for the last three years. I am part of the Redbridge Games Network.

Over this time I have spoken at a range of conferences and events including:
Games Based Learning 09 and 10 ; Hand Held Learning 09; Learning without frontiers 11; Oxford Borough ICT team; Cardiff ICT co-ordinators; Keynote at E2bn conference; Keynote panel for BESA at BETT; Reboot Britain; Inside Government Forum; FutureLab; Microsoft Innovative Educators Forum.

I have worked with Futurelab and work that that has been carried out at school has been featured in The Guardian Newspaper, Nintendo Magazine, Fun Inc – book by Tom Chatfield and Teachers TV.

In 2009 I was recognised for work with games with the Special Achievement Award at the Hand Held Learning Conference 2009. In 2010 the Redbridge Games Network was shortlisted for the innovation award in the primary category.
Video of talk at LWF11, Professional Blog, Games Based Learning 10 talk with Nic Hughes, Redbridge Games Network blog

Kate Jensen

I have been teaching for 9 years and I am the ICT coordinator at Becontree Primary School in Dagenham. I am keen to bring innovative ideas to the classroom and love to see children using new technology to enhance their learning.
I have previously been an Editor, Facilities Manager, Producer and Director working in the TV industry. I combine these skills with my love of ICT in education to run a school television channel as an after-school club for children from years 1 – 6. I am working on embedding games based learning into our school curriculum and also hope to have the school blogging soon.
In my spare time I design book covers for Trifolium Books UK, teach drama and I am also part of an amateur theatre company and an orchestra. I am @pearlyadder on twitter and I sometimes find time to write the occasional blog post.

Alissa Chesters
I have been teaching full time for seven years and I am currently a Year 2 teacher at Oakdale Infant School. I am also the ICT Coordinator and have been for about 2 years now. I enjoy being creative in the classroom and believe that ICT is a fantastic tool to create strong imaginative cross curricular links that are meaningful for the children. I started using games in the classroom about 2 years ago starting with games based learning in my classroom and then extending it to a year group project in the summer term. Currently we have games based projects happening twice a year across KS1 and I am currently working with the EYFS team to introduce games based projects into their topics. The nursery use both the Wii and the xbox connect already when ever they can. I have found that using games as a way into a topic has really captured the children's imaginations and got even the most reluctant reader/writer to join in and have a go! I currently run a Year 2 ICT club and a Year 1 games club after school.My twitter name is @red_82 

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