Northern Ireland backs open data for schools’ projects
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"Northern Ireland’s Department of Finance has awarded £20,000 each to two projects using open data in tools to support education in schools.
It has announced that Gaff Game and Our Raging Planet are winners of the Open Data Challenge, in which entrants were invited to come up with ideas using the OpenDataNI portal.
This follows a phase in which six submissions received £2,500 each for the development of a prototype. The two winners should now develop fully functioning teaching resources to be available free of charge to Northern Ireland schools for at least three years.
Gaff Game, created by IT consultancy Neueda, encourages students to learn Structured Query Language for programming in a real life context using data from OpenDataNI. The game challenges users to find the best place to live in Belfast using the location of playgrounds and schools, as well as crime data.
It employs gamification techniques such as repetition, achievement and ease of use to help users learn, and is closely aligned to the learning outcomes of the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) Software Systems Development A-level."