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Playing to learn: Minecraft Education and the thriving ed-tech market in the UK

Playing to learn: Minecraft Education and the thriving ed-tech market in the UK

Art, Culture, ed-tech, educational video games
Video games have been blamed for the decline of children’s studious pursuits since the birth of ‘Pong’ – one of the first arcade video games to reach mainstream popularity. More than a decade later, video games are being used as an educational tool for young adolescents in schools across the world.   According to a recent report on SBS World News Australia, Merryland’s East 5th graders, a school in south-west Sydney, recently used Microsofts Minecraft: Education Edition, to create a Minecraft cinematic about the traditional stories of indigenous cultures. Minecraft, for the uninitiated is a game that allows users to design and construct a virtual world, by using static objects like blocks and pillars. Geography and history seems to be the most obvious subject areas, which the g
Tattoo or not to tattoo: Are we witnessing the death of the body art?

Tattoo or not to tattoo: Are we witnessing the death of the body art?

Art, Audio, Tattoo, Video
An estimated 1 in 5 British people have at least one tattoo. There are over 2200 tattoo parlours within the UK - compare that with 1800 McDonald's or 898 Starbucks and it’s clear that Brits have a love affair with tattoos. Tattoos are more popular than ever before with 33% of millennials sporting at least one piece of ink. But what happens when the tattoo you once loved falls out of favour? When the job you desperately want doesn’t approve of the Chinese writing on your neck? Or when you break up with that partner whose name decorates your chest encased in a red heart? Tattoo’s are not as permanent as people once thought. Tattoo removal is now almost as financially lucrative as tattoos. But are we really falling out of love with our body art? The Price of Tattoos Mathew
Who Wears the Skirts?

Who Wears the Skirts?

Art, Blogs, Culture, Fashion, Galleries
“I want to be a man” is her dream; Dinu’s ultimate dream ever since she can remember. Struggled through school dress codes, family’s understanding, and especially her mother’s happiness, Dinu was finally given an option to at least wear trousers instead of skirts at the age of seven. You could say she is a lucky one when compared to her friend, who was labelled a “she-male” “They basically called him she-male and you are not a woman because you have something between your legs and it didn’t matter for them the way she feels inside.” Dinu relived her childhood, telling a story of a friend who shared the same dream -- A dream to live a true self. It has been twenty-five years since Dinu's mother gave her the option of clothing, and today she is eagerly awaiting the operation of her
“Women have to work harder and longer to get recognised”: Are the arts a man’s world?

“Women have to work harder and longer to get recognised”: Are the arts a man’s world?

Art, Culture, Film, Media, Music, musicians, Opinion
Last night’s 89th Academy Awards made headlines for several reasons. Issues ranged from the use of the wrong photo during the memorial video and the already infamous mix-up when announcing Best Picture clouded proceedings. However one key source of controversy has followed the awards since nominees were announced: 80 per cent of nominees outside of the acting categories are male. Criticised last year for a lack of racial diversity, #OscarsSoWhite dominated coverage of the proceedings. It seems that although this year’s ceremony is more representative in some ways, the nominations still come up short in others. This has prompted us to question how much gender inequality women face within the arts. Male-dominated industries Fresh from being awarded a Breakthrough Brit award by BAFTA,
Oscar 2017: Accounting firm apologizes for ‘Best Picture’ mix up

Oscar 2017: Accounting firm apologizes for ‘Best Picture’ mix up

#breakingnews, Art, Culture
PriceWaterhouseCooper, the accountancy firm in charge for the ballot counting process at the Academy Awards, has issued an apology clarifying its error for the Best Picture winner. The Oscars 2017 winner for best picture is “Moonlight” but only after “La La Land” was incorrectly named. WOW! #Oscars mistakenly award cast of 'La La Land' Best Picture over 'Moonlight'. Awkward! pic.twitter.com/aUanZw77ib — SpotlightFirst.Com (@SpotlightFirst) February 27, 2017 Within hours of the mix-up, a spokesperson for the company announced: “We sincerely apologize too Moonlight, La La Land, Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Oscar viewers for the error that was made during the award announcement for Best Picture.” Watch moment Warren Beatty appears to take a second look inside envelope for
New indie game fuels Islamophobia

New indie game fuels Islamophobia

Art, Culture, Media, ReportingWeek2
Islamophobia appears in various forms but some games go beyond straightforward stereotyping. In early April of this year, Destructive Creations, developer of the mass murder simulator, Hatred, released a game called IS Defense, a game where players defend European shorelines from an invading Islamic state militia. The game mocked the cultural heritage of Muslims through sacrilegious images of their Prophet, which created a lot of controversy and though it received wide condemnation, it wasn’t banned. As tensions between the Middle-East and the West increases, this region has become the next target of ‘othering’ within modern warfare games. Invasions of Western cultural imperialism within gaming have become intolerable. Consider the case of 2010’s Medal of Honor, which included real
Monuments Men 2.0

Monuments Men 2.0

#breakingnews, Art, Culture, International, News, Politics, ReportingWeek2
Good ideas never die. The cultural heritage in the Middle East is under such a serious risk of destruction by the Islamic State that the British Government has returned to life the 'Monuments Men', the elite group who saved thousands of art masterpieces from the Nazi flames. For the national-socialist regime, the massive murder of Jewish, Communists, homosexuals and other enemy communities was not enough. Their cultural and art traces had to be erased too. The Nazis stole thousands of pieces from both museums and private collections and planned to destroy them. The Allied countries gathered a group of experts including scientists, museum curators and art historians to find them before the Germans could destroy the pieces. They were called 'The Monuments Men' and were responsible for the p
Are London Street buskers being ‘criminalised’?

Are London Street buskers being ‘criminalised’?

Art, Film, Music, musicians, Uncategorized
The streets of London are a stage to all aspiring musicians. However, with the recent introductory of busking licences in Camden a concern for the future of busking has emerged. Isn't it amazing how the streets of London curate symphonies with melodies, sounds and voices of different musicians? For years London has been a hub for the live music scene. Famous artists such as Ed Sheeran and Robin Williams are amongst those who started off their careers as buskers. So, be aware, next time you walk past a busker. They may be the very next star. However recently Camden council fined Beatboxer Fredy Garcia £1000 for busking without a license. Camden Town, well known for it's musicality has been criticised for it's controversial busking regulations. Street musician Jonnie Walker,
A mind full of colour

A mind full of colour

Art, Audio, Culture, Health, Listen
Be it to help mental health or simply nurture your inner child, adult colouring books may not merely be ‘just another fad’. It’s 6pm on a Thursday evening and the Waterstones bookshop at Piccadilly is abuzz with excitement. A bestselling author is about to launch what experts already know will be another bestselling book, and no, it’s not J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter or E. L James’ Fifty Shades of Grey. The author in question is Mille Marotta, and the book is Wild Savannah: A Colouring Book Adventure. The new book’s predecessors, Animal Kingdom and Tropical Wonderland, were among 2015’s top 10 bestsellers on Amazon, and continue to top the list of most gifted items on the site. And if these aren’t clear enough indicators of the craze that’s gripped the country, new data from a Ne