Xbox partners with Digital Schoolhouse to launch Beyond Xbox: Field Trips

Author: Digital Schoolhouse
Xbox partners with Ukie’s Digital Schoolhouse to launch Beyond Xbox: Field Trips, a series of interactive learning experiences to help young people learn through play, available on Spotify. 

Beyond Xbox: Field Trips are available on Spotify and have been developed by a team of teachers, game narrative designers, ed-tech specialists, and child psychologists.

Each audio learning journey is available on Spotify and prompts players to undertake a series of challenges to help develop important soft skills. They can also be accessed as visual guides on to cater to different learning styles and make them more accessible.   

Ollie Bray, co-author of the European Games in Schools Handbook who was involved in the development of the programme said:

“There is increasing evidence to suggest that play is one of the most powerful ways to learn. These interactive "Field Trips” allow young people to immerse themselves in both popular and culturally relevant video games while developing important skills and exploring a variety of learning outcomes. The project provides a unique take on experimental learning.” 

Xbox has partnered with Ukie’s Digital Schoolhouse to bring the audio learning journeys to its network which collectively reaches 200,000 young people in 2,000 schools across the UK. It uses play-based learning to support over 15,000 teachers to inspire the next generation of pupils with the computing curriculum.   

Shahneila Saeed, Director of Digital Schoolhouse and Head of Education at Ukie said:

“We're very excited to be supporting such an original and unique program, using games to develop the skills of young people. I can't wait to see how these audio learning journeys are implemented in our Digital Schoolhouse network over the coming months, and the impact that they will have.” 

There are seven featured games which are all available on Xbox Game Pass

  • Grounded - Problem Solving & Analytical Thinking  
  • Sea of Thieves - Teamwork and Delegation  
  • Minecraft - Creativity and Innovation  
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator - Focus and Diligence  
  • PowerWash Simulator - Motivation and Prioritisation  
  • Age of Empires IV - Strategy and Decision making  
  • Cities: Skylines - Planning and Adaptability  

Beyond Xbox: Field Trips are now available via Spotify for players in the UK and Mexico. They can also be accessed as in more accessible formats as visual guides on to cater to different learning styles.