We are big believers in open education, open resources, and the sharing economy. With this in mind we designed Game Changers to be inherently open in nature, and in turn ask that everyone who takes part does so in an open and connected way.
Our Open Guidelines explain this in more detail, but in order to help you find suitable tools and platforms to share your creations throughout the Game Changers programme and beyond, we’ve put together this handy list of useful tools. If you think this list might be useful to someone you know, please feel free to share, modify, or remix it to suit your needs.
Twitter is a social network based on the sharing of 140 character messages. In their own words, Twitter provides ‘real-time updates about what matters to you’. It’s free to use and forms the backbone of the Game Changers community through the use of hashtags; small text tags which link various subjects together, such as #gchangers.
We use hashtags to tie together content shared for the various missions and quests within the Game Changers programme.
Medium is a free to use blog-publishing platform for beginners and experts alike. You can sign up via Twitter or email and start blogging in seconds. Plus, Medium is a social network in itself, complete with hashtag support, meaning your content will reach an audience the moment you hit the publish button.
What’s more, Medium have integrated Creative Commons support directly into their service, giving you full control over ownership and copyright of your work.
If you’re looking for a more feature rich blogging platform, that you can customise to your hearts content, then WordPress is the tool for you. There are two options available.
First there’s WordPress.com; a free service with a limited set of features, with the option to pay for a custom domain of your choice. Secondly, there’s WordPress.org; a more advanced, full-featured open source version, that you can install on your own personal server or hosting space.
Google+ is an interest-based social network by Google. Think of it like a modern version of a forum or message board, with a focus on discussion topics and long-form conversation threads, thanks to its Communities and collections features that create a hub around a specific topic or group.
We have provided a dedicated Game Changers community as a place for longer, more detailed discussions that are too big to fit into a tweet. If you want, you can even create dedicated communities for your teams as a way to share what you’re up to.
Known is an open source social publishing platform for groups and individuals. Think blogging platform meets social integration tool. Publish on own Known site to maintain ownership and storage of your content, then share to your social media accounts as you please.
If you’re interested in creating a web site for your team as a home for all of your blog posts, photos, thoughts and general game design shenanigans, then Known is a great option. It’s free, it’s fast to set up, and most importantly you have full control over your content.
Think of it like public group video chat. Up to four people can chat at any one time, and ‘blabs’ can be live streamed and even recorded to be watched again after the fact. What’s more Blab provides the ability for audiences connect via their Twitter handles to watch, submit questions, and participate in the conversation via text chat.
Blab is perfect for virtual team chats, and the recording feature means you can even share your meetings openly with the rest of the GC community. We use Blab for some of our online events, so keep an eye out and come join us if your about!
Slate is a free app for iPad, iPhone and Android that creates really polished and stylish one-page visual stories. Perfect for communicating ideas and information in an easy to digest way. Slates are stand-alone web pages that can be shared and viewed on all major web browsers, and can even be embedded into other web pages.
We use Slate regularly to spice up presentations instead of the resorting to the dreaded Powerpoint slides we all love to hate!
Premiere Clip is another great free app from Adobe that makes it super easy to record, edit and share videos on your smartphone or tablet. Supporting iPhone, iPad and Android, Clip is a one stop shop video production on a mobile device.
Thinking of creating video logs of your game design adventure? Look no further than Clip. If you’re feeling extra techy you can even send your work to Adobe’s professional level Premiere Pro CC video editing suite.
Hangouts is a great tool for group video chats for up to ten people at a time. Perfect if you’re looking to arrange virtual team chats, or multi-user video blogs to share with the GC community.
You can even record your video meet ups using Hangouts On Air, share your live streams to an unlimited audience, with instant uploads to your YouTube for re-watching after the chat is over. Hangouts features Q&A, text chat, and live event scheduling (via Google+).