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Dragons Out posters and book extract

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As part of the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, a perk called Dragons Out poster was available. I've shipped the posters in October and used Redbubble service for the poster print & delivery. As a side effect of that choice, anyone else can now easily order a poster from there! It is a really nice poster -  a combination of two pictures from the Dragons Out book. The poster page is here for anyone who is interested.And of course, you can still preorder more of my book at https://www.dragonsout.com/p/preorder-dragons-out-book.html The book extract of the week is below. Enjoy!They were about to leave for breakfast in the castle mess hall when a young messenger appeared at their door. She conveyed the invitation of Lord Walther to come to the main hall for breakfast. Sage Cho, the knights Yellowbeard and Swanlake, and ten other knights were in the hall talking to the lord. The night's damage was greater than before. One knight died as a result of injuries from the dragon'…

Live recording about the Dragons Out book and book excerpt

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Giving a keynote speech is a pleasant task but even more thrilling is to talk about my project "Dragons Out" and how has it all come together, with ups and downs. I gave the keynote at RTC online 2020 conference. The presentation was also sent live to Youtube and Facebook, and you can watch the live recording here.In the presentation, I discussed how children learn and why have I chosen the approach of storytelling to teach children the art of software testing. I then discussed the book project timeline, also touching the emotional timeline I've experienced. Then I explained how testing concepts come alive with analogies of fantasy stories, using dragons, knights, children, villagers etc. This last part will eventually evolve into a free PowerPoint slide deck about testing for all the teachers in the world to use.There was also a drawing competition. Each participant got to draw their own dragon, representing a defect, and send the photo of the dragon to me by email. The…

Heartwarming answers from schools

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Over the course of the past few weeks I've been in intensified contact with Finnish schools (mainly concerning grades 5-9, so ages of 10-15). I've offered them the Dragons Out software testing for children book and teacher material donations from the IT industry. The reactions from the schools have been fantastic. I declared I was looking for schools that were already looking into the direction of information technology in one way or other. I learned about some amazing approaches they have that will fit the book well.Let me highlight some of those answers anonymously just to give you an idea of the breadth of usage scenarios for the book and the teacher package. They fit withstudents practising programming and lego robotics weeklyoptional courses in information technology schools that often pilot new practicesschools where students study programming from grade 1coding clubsfirst-time approach to coding and testingadvanced coding studentsrobotics clubsrobotics classesphenomena …

School donation campaign of Dragons Out books - preorder now

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On autumn 2020, I'm running a campaign where for each sold three copies of the Finnish version of the Dragons Out book I will donate one book to Finnish schools. For the English version of the book, I don't have a possibility of extra donation, but you can donate some of the books you buy to your local school.You could buy books for yourself, your child, friends, colleagues, stakeholder groups, anyone! Of course, you could also buy books directly for your local school. Deadline for the Finnish donation campaign is Oct 20, 2020, although you can, of course, preorder books also after that. Preorders by Dec 9, 2020, will be in time before Christmas. Why not make this year's Christmas present a nice Dragons Out testing & fantasy book? The publishing date of the Finnish book is Dec 1, 2020, so I'll be able to get the books to you in time for Christmas deliveries.For the English donation campaign, you can also preorder, but my publisher in the UK has not yet confirmed th…

EuroSTAR ticket winner and testing with children

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A month ago I promised to give away one free ticket to EuroSTAR, where I will speak about Encouraging Children into Testing. I have now drawn the winner out of those who shared that post. The lucky winner is Outi Meriläinen. Congratulations! Time to celebrate a bit!I have chosen the Dragons Out book extract for this blog article respecting the congratulations. Here goes!Amid the trees, Laura and Tom congratulated each other and Cho. The plan seemed to work. This dragon seemed to be tolerant of humans, and it seemed kind. They discussed how to get the dragon to follow them to the village. If the dragon received one deer at a time, but at gradually longer intervals, it would probably be able to follow the path thus formed. Will and Jack would be able to hunt enough deer if they needed five per day. They decided it was worth a try!A few hours later, the dragon had eaten the deer. It saw Will on horseback, carrying one of the deer. Will waited for the dragon to notice him and then rode t…

Speaking about Children learning to test and Dragons Out book at RTC

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I will speak at Romanian Testing Conference RTC Online https://romaniatesting.ro/ on September 30th, 2020. I'm thrilled to be sharing my views on how software testing can be a great learning experience for children. I also get to talk about the journey of creating the Dragons Out book.You can join, too. Just register at the conference web site!The conference is themed around superheroes, so my Dragons and Knights theme fits in nicely - the children in the book become sort of superheroes of the fantasy world. They turn out to be among the best dragon experts. Or in testing terms, regular users get into testing so much that they turn into experts themselves!As always, I remind you that you can preorder the book using the contact form of this blog. Also, please share the news about the upcoming book with others, or let me know some child or testing education related contacts and I'd be happy to contact them myself.As for the book extract of the day, and keeping with the hero the…

Win a free ticket to EuroSTAR online and share this Dragons Out post

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EuroSTAR offers me one giveaway ticket to EuroSTAR online testing conference on November 17-19, 2020. I will give it away to one of you, who will share this blog post in their social media networks. You'll remember that I will speak about How Children Learn Testing Through Stories at EuroSTAR on Wednesday, Nov 18. You can find the description of my talk here.
I'll make a random draw amongst the people who shared this post in their LinkedIn or Twitter accounts. You'll need to include my LinkedIn or Twitter name so I'll learn about this : ). I'll do the draw on August 14 and inform about the winner through another blog post.
The Dragons Out book about software testing for children is currently in tech edit. The English version is at publisher Austin Macauley and the Finnish version is at publisher Avain. The Finnish version has a planned release date of December 1, and the English version is hopefully around the same time, but to be confirmed.
You can preorder the book …