Ellis on playful living: "this is my personal library of what I've learnt so far while I'm still mischievously exploring..."

Ellis, applied game consultancy

is digital creativity in education lacking?

31/03/2015 17:30

An interesting article: “How are we supporting young digital makers?

…Times are changing, and kids and students use all digital media different, exploration, creation and understanding should be provided in education, and us teachers are skilled to provide and enable these, even-though we might seem “old”, “behind” and for sure differently skilled in this digital age maybe, but we are able to explore, discover and learn together. Schools, teachers, parents, students and children all play a role in our current and future education and society… let’s talk, discuss, explore and play more!


about play, educational

Pure play….

30/03/2015 13:00

This girl is 8 years old and capable of this performance… when I watched this… I could see how much she has been exploring with her body and the pole, in a playful, explorative and experimenting way, she enjoyed is and is enjoying it, pure play, the result, the proces, the performance.. so great to watch!


about play, play

Seeing the bigger picture in play

24/03/2015 17:01

This article inspired me: “42 Benefits of Doing Jigsaw Puzzles – Thinking Skills and Problem Solving” to write this:

“I love it when a plan comes together”

…we say we hate clichés, but we actually love these, and we love the moment when we recognise these. Because it reinforces our learnings and it builds our trust in many things to be what they are, so we can (at least believe) we have some kind of control on the world around us. The more patterns we recognise the least new unexpected and maybe scary things surround us, so we feel in comfort in recognition. Read more


about play, Alice, design thinking, favorite, psychology

Other ways to apply game(ification) elements

06/03/2015 09:03

Octalysis is another way to approach to frame game design and interaction design, very much worth the while to look into too. However the practical implementation of these, and the diversity of your players or focus group is still to be taken in careful account when designing play: Octalysis


about play, design thinking, english

Game design workshop at Hanze Hogeschool

03/03/2015 12:09

A class full of international students “Game On!” in Groningen at Hanzehogeschool, creating and talking about games, with of-course Pacman as the main topic to discuss game elements and the magic of play.


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“Play as need”

28/02/2015 20:45

A Dutch tv program: “De Kennis van nu” (the knowledge of now) on the importance of play, how research has shown the great importance of play, by animals, human: “De kennis van nu, spelen is van levensbelang” (in dutch)

See also the TED by Peter Gray on the importance of play: The decline of play


about play, movie, play

Who is Ellis?

21/02/2015 13:04

Who is Ellis? I like to see this necklace as a representative of Ellis, in a magical circle, alone, but not lonely, in a world which is hers and she belongs to, sharing thoughts, ideas and love. What she gives, she get’s in return circular.

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Alice, art, favorite

Coach4life on tv!

19/02/2015 20:35

The morning talkshow: “Koffietijd” (=coffeetime) featured Coach4Life (which I co-developed) The kidneypatient Irene is my favorite tester involved in the beta testing (since she was clever enough to cheat by altering her Iphone time setting ; ), but what and how she says in this interviewis really so gratifying!

“this game really has changed my life”

See her talk on this link




Other wonderlands…

30/01/2015 10:58

I wonder….

I have all these friends engaged in the same – but different – wonders in life.

  • My dear friend Meike Ziegler enables bewonderments full time with her creatuals.com
  • I have a subscription at Mondo Leone’s beautiful poetic updates: “verwonderingen” to his verwonderlingen (=fans)
  • My Belgium friend Griet initiated: “wonderwijs.me – a creative expedition to a harmonious world”
  • My new inspirational friend Ina, whom I met on a toilet this year, does Wanderlust (dutch)
  • and I encountered more recent years… will start collecting them here…




Alice, art

Pure play!

19/01/2015 09:22

I consider this to be an example of pure play: Watch this video and judge if I am right or not.

These guys self determine: competence, autonomy and relatedness… (SDT theory)


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