[games_access] JAM to be suspended

hinn at uiuc.edu hinn at uiuc.edu
Sun Mar 18 19:08:20 EDT 2007

And all the content is closed to those outside the UK so those of us outside the UK can't even look at it now. Jonathan Hassell is on holiday but I'd be interested in hearing his thoughts on this. I can only imagine that he's more than frustrated by this.

Serious Games = Serious Profits potentially...of course this was one of the really great examples of designers trying to really make a go at making things accessible. I'd like to know if the organizations peeved at potential loss of profit from this free service have the same accessibility mindset.

This is a great example of the state of education across the globe. What a shame.


---- Original message ----

>Date: Sun, 18 Mar 2007 15:57:39 -0700

>From: "Reid Kimball" <reid at rbkdesign.com>

>Subject: Re: [games_access] JAM to be suspended

>To: "IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List" <games_access at igda.org>


>That's bollocks. They should be encouraging this or partner with the

>BBC in some way if they are worried about profits. Seems wrong to do

>this, pressuring the BBC to stop doing a good thing.




>On 3/18/07, Barrie Ellis <barrie.ellis at oneswitch.org.uk> wrote:

>> Sad news taken from SEN Teacher:


>> http://www.senteacher.org/BBC/?PHPSESSID=1f2a4b5e9b5af543468abb42373e38c3


>> Free [UK] elearning resources from The Beeb to cease next week


>> The BBC has been required to suspend its free online learning service from

>> March 20th after complaints from a number of large educational publishers

>> concerned that their profits will suffer if a Government funded free

>> learning resource for parents and schools is established.


>> Until March 20th it will still be possible to download many of the

>> activities for offline use once the online service is no longer available.

>> Sadly it looks like most of the content may never appear, but there are

>> still plenty of useful activities to download for various subjects and ages

>> including all of the SEN Field Studies environments.

>> http://www.bbc.co.uk/jam/pots/11_14/sldfs/


>> It is unclear if these resources will be back online - grab them while you

>> can!


>> Download BBC jam Pots:

>> http://www.bbc.co.uk/jam/pots/


>> BBC Press release on BBC jam Suspension:

>> http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2007/03_march/14/jam.shtml




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