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Competence games - 8KEYCOM

Type of tool: 
Activity
Duration: 
120+ min
Topics addressed: 
Communication
Entrepreneurship
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8KEYCOM is a tool that includes 9 games. Each of them is specially focused on one of the 8 key competences, and all of them include various NFE elements – simulations, discussions, individual work, group work etc.

Aim: 

Nowadays, in addition to the formal education, different non-formal learning activities are essential components in enhancing the competiveness of young people. Games are considered to bring pleasure in learning – if a game allows its players to enjoy it, learning will be more efficient despite the difficulties. Each game is based on learning and participation in the game on a voluntary basis and with the aim of entertainment. Games allow players to learn new things, thus improving their basic skills or competences.
Non-formal learning methods can help to develop young people’s skills and deepen their understanding of them which is necessary for finding and keeping a job, or even becoming an entrepreneur. It is especially the case for those who are excluded or discriminated for various reasons, and those who lack self-confidence and personal motivation. Studies show that young people learn best when they are given an opportunity to take an active role in order to clearly understand learning goals and be aware of their own choices.
The developed method is a set of games that includes 9 games. Each of them is specially focused on one of the 8 key competences, and all of them include various NFE elements – simulations, discussions, individual work, group work etc. By playing games participants will improve their knowledge, skills and attitudes in different fields and at different levels. Games can be adapted to several levels of complexity and are suitable for young people aged 13+. An important element of the game is evaluation, through which young people will analyse and reflect which competences they develop by completing a specific task or exercise in the game, why these competences are important, and how they are connected with personal and professional life.

Methodology: 

8KEYCOM is a set of games that includes 9 games. Each of them is specially focused on one of the 8 key competences, and all of them include various NFE elements – simulations, discussions, individual work, group work etc. By playing games participants will improve their knowledge, skills and attitudes in different fields and at different levels. Games can be adapted to several levels of complexity and are suitable for young people aged 13+. An important element of the game is evaluation, through which young people will analyse and reflect which competences they develop by completing a specific task or exercise in the game, why these competences are important, and how they are connected with personal and professional life.

Step by step process: 

Session plan for 90 min Workshop:
1) Who we are - Short get to know
2) 8KEYCOM - Background, Erasmus K2 project, created tool
3) Magic backpack - introduction with games
4) From theory to practise - playing games
5) Evaluation of playing process
6) Questions and answers

Full description of the games, materials, descriptions is available in Game's Manual.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/fhfjiovfaxf48w1/Game%20manual_EN.pdf?dl=0

Materials and resources: 

All materials for all games is possible to download here www.8competencesgame.com/?page_id=59

Outcomes: 

After playing 8KEYCOM is expecting that participants will develop Lifelong Learning 8 competences - communication in the mother tongue; communication in foreign languages; mathematical competence and basic competences in science and technology; digital competence; learning to learn; social and civic competences; sense of initiative and entrepreneurship; cultural awareness and expression.

Evaluation: 

Tool was tested in Pilot trainings in Latvia, Estonia, Croatia and Spain. After publishing tool, it was played in many countries and as far we have got only positive feedback.

Rating: 
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Average: 4 (1 vote)
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