Every year, WMHT, 1st Playable Productions, and a number of local organizations and businesses work together to produce a FREE two-day event for Educators called "Games in Education". This event is now in its 11th year, and as Jenn Baumstein, our Director of Community Engagement observed today, "GIE has really grown up."
Perhaps it was the ballroom that held over 150 people this morning, or the 'out of this world' Star Trek keynote, expertly timed and delivered by Dr. Chris Hasklell, of Boise State University with a surprise visit from Michael Okuda, designer of much of the Star Trek Next Generation set, day 1 of GIE was buzzing. Sessions ranged from "gamifying" your English Language Arts classroom, using "makey makeys", using Grand Theft Auto to begin to discuss social justice concepts, and more. Participants were encouraged to use choice and autonomy in sessions, walking and stretching was encouraged, and play rewarded. There was also an arcade where educators were asked to explore new games and technologies. (Picture of David playing with the VIVE)
This was only day one! There is still time to register and attend.
You don't have to have completely transitioned your classroom or learning space to learn new tools and tricks. We will be presenting a session tomorrow at 1 PM on using PBS resources in the classroom. Certainly, we hope that our session will be accessible to all who attend. If you were interested in coming to GIE but you could not commit to the dates, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We will happily set up a time to speak with you about and lead a PD at your school/organization.
You can view the full schedule of sessions here.
Watch Day 1 of the Games in Education symposium
Take a look at Games in Education 2017