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2011

Murder Trail: Murder at Mithrhyn Park (Release 1 Beta v23) released

New Murder Trail Expansion Pack Announced

New Murder Trail Team Members

 

2010

Murder Trail mystery numbers posted!

Murder Trail used for staff development at North Warwickshire and Hinckley College

Murder Trail featured in the IfL magazine, Intuition

Murder Trail v0.23 in development

Murder Trail to be at the IfL seminar on May 14th

Murder Trail run as staff development day for Leicester College

Murder Trail version 22 released

Murder Trail featured in Independent

 

2009

Murder Trail praised by IfL

Murder Trail run by North Warwickshire College for E2E students

Murder Trail run by Leicester College as a GCSE vs BTEC head to head

 

2008

Murder Trail praised by UCET

Murder Trail run by Birmingham City University to demonstrate embedded keyskills to teachers

Murder Trail run by Birmingham City University for PGCE students

 

2007

Murder Trail launched at North Warwickshire College to a group of E2E students

Murder Trail version 12 released - First working version!

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Murder Trail: Murder at Mithrhyn Park v23 released
Monday March 28th 2011 7:45pm

We are pleased to announce the beta release of Murder Trail: Murder at Mithrhyn Park after 4 years of part time development.

Version 23 sees over 100 changes including more detailed setup instructions, completion of all the activity plans and information on running an advanced version of Murder Trail for returning players.

We expect a final release in a couple of months time after we have double checked everything is correct.

Thankfully, Murder Trail has been developed in a modular way so future Murder Trail scenarios can be created rapidly!

 

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New Murder Trail Expansion Pack Announced
Monday March 14th 2011 3:06pm

Just when everyone thought they were getting the hang of Murder Trail, a new expansion pack throws all the rules in the air again. Scheduled for a July release, the expansion pack will add an exciting 2 days of new and challenging activities that will push players boundaries to new heights! More details will follow soon!

 

New Murder Trail Team Members
Monday March 14th 2011 3:00pm

The last 6 months have been quiet on the website. Behind the scenes, however, things have been frantic as v23 nears completion and lots of exciting new developments are planned for this year. Check back for frequent updates!

As part of these exciting changes, the Murder Trail team have taken on 2 new members: Sian Scott (expansion packs and marketing) and Mathew Scott (website and resource development). The rest of the team welcomes them to their new home.

 

Muder Trail Mystery Numbers
Friday July 9th 2010 10:56pm

Murder Trail has posted the first of a series of mystery numbers on the download page for all you sleuths to figure out. All the information you need can be found on the website. Can you decrypt the code? Email us with your complete solution!

Download the file here: MurderTrailNumbers (2 minutes long) and check out the description on the downloads page for a hint.

 

Goriest Murder Trail yet?
Friday July 9th 2010 10:56pm

North Warwickshire and Hinckley College ran Murder Trail for staff devlopment today and it was the goriest yet: not only did we use more blood, but we used a real heart and lungs too!

We'd like to thank everyone who took part. The actors all did an excellent job and the teams came up with some of the best solutions yet. The winning team was closer to our internal worked solution than any other team so far!

 

Murder Trail v0.23 in development
Friday May 14th 2010 8:51pm

With so many ideas from the IfL seminar, we just had to start work on version 23 of Murder Trail...

Version 23 will be available July next year and will include 10 new activity plans and around 50 other changes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Murder Trail attended the first IfL meeting to share CPD
Friday May 14th 2010 1:09pm

Today we went to London to take part in the IfL's first seminar on sharing good professional development. The day was extremely informative and full of new ideas and interesting experiences.

In the morning we started with sharing our experience of Professional Development in our field and our thoughts on the Reflect program used to catalog CPD. The MT team are not keen on Reflect -we find the interface too complex and the workflow too rigid for what it is supposed to do- but we did find an iPhone version so we'll let you know what that is like after a play...

The rest of the day was spent sharing our CPD. It was a minefield of ideas. We are still going through our notes and adding ideas to improve Murder Trail from the discussions.

Thank you to everyone who attended and gave their thoughts and ideas regarding Murder Trail. It is much appreciated. We hope there are more of these seminars in the future.

Murder Trail run as staff development day for Leicester College
Wednesday April 28th 2010 6:30pm

Murder Trail was run today as a surprise staff development day at Beaumanor Hall in Leicestershire. The staff of the Science, Maths and Humanities department (SMAH) took part as a team building exercise.

Everyone had a great time with free lunch and coffee in lovely surrounds. The weather was great, except for one rainfall that washed most of the blood away before we got the players to see it. Nevermind, serves us right for putting it on the grass!

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped out with the training and acting - it was by far the best Murder Trail yet!

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Click the picture to see the gallery view of what happened!

Murder Trail v0.22 released
Tuesday April 27th 2010 2:51pm

Murder Trail gets closer to completion with the release of version 0.22. This version has over 200 changes including:

  • NEW actor help booklets to help actors get into character
  • Revised graphics
  • More activity plans
  • Expanded section on how to set up Murder Trail
  • Movie versions of PowerPoint presentations
  • Extensively revised documentation
  • NEW Timeline PowerPoint presentation
  • EXTENDED animations and music
  • NEW TV versions of animations
  • NEW easier to use profile sheets for resource fork 1 and 2
  • Over 20 NEW resources
  • NEW CSI Kits
  • NEW certificates

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Murder Trail featured in The Independent
Thursday April 22nd 2010 7:00am

Murder Trail featured a 2 page spread with a huge photograph inThe Independent newspaper today!

The online version of the article can be found here:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/further/on-the-murder-trail-how-staff-are-finding-original-ways-to-improve-themselves-and-enhance-the-way-students-learn-1950192.html

 
 

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