8th Annual Games in Education Symposium
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Tuesday, August 5

9:15am EDT

Keynote: Gamification: What Works and What Sucks
Gamification is an over-used buzz word that for many educators promises so much and delivers so little. Lee will illuminate the diseases that afflict 95% of all gamified educational experiences, then suggest some cures by revealing his own voyage of discovery while creating entire classes as games, and how his approach has matured since those first stumbling steps before the term became popular in 2010 to where he now uses the powerful triumvirate of gameplay, narrative and emotion to enable collateral learning: where students learn almost without realizing it because they want to know what happens next.


Lee Sheldon

Associate Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Associate Professor Department of Communication and Media Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Principal Investigator: Emergent Reality Lab Author: Character Development and Storytelling for Games Author: The Multiplayer Classroom: Designing... Read More →

Tuesday August 5, 2014 9:15am - 10:00am EDT
Wednesday, August 6

9:15am EDT

Keynote: Play to Learn, Learn to Play: How Game Culture can Transform Education
Video games have emerged as a vital 21st century medium and art form, moving them from the periphery to an increasingly important source of cultural transformation. Everything from film to fashion and food are being impacted by games culture, and schools are slowly catching on. Video games in and of themselves offer many opportunities for educators to enhance their classes and keep them relevant to the world their students inhabit outside of school.  Perhaps even more importantly, the lessons of how video games and game elements engage and educate players can be used as models to completely alter and disrupt traditional classroom structures and dynamics.

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Paul Darvasi

Educator, Royal St. George's College
Paul Darvasi teaches at Royal St. George's College in Toronto, Canada, and he's a PhD candidate in York University's Faculty of Education, with a focus on digital and pervasive games in educational environments. He experiments with video games and interactive technology in his classes... Read More →

Wednesday August 6, 2014 9:15am - 10:00am EDT