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9th Annual Games in Education Symposium
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Thursday, August 6 • 11:30am - 12:15pm
The Alternate Reality Classroom

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Alternate reality games (ARGs) are cutting-edge learning systems that extend gameplay beyond the screen into the real world. ARGs combine digital and analogue elements to create embodied anytime, anywhere experiences. This session will furnish guidelines to create classroom ARGs by combining video game mechanics, social media, elaborate puzzles, interactive tools, and locative activities to immerse students in course material. Drawing on their experience as both teachers and educational ARG designers, Paul and John will provide concrete examples from their respective games and discuss their collaboration to create Blind Protocol, a cyber warfare simulation enacted across national borders. Student-players that engaged in the cyber competition became more responsible digital citizens, and applied critical thinking to learn about online security, privacy, and surveillance. Join us to learn how any teacher in any subject can use ARGs to create an unforgettable learning experience.

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Paul Darvasi

Teacher, Royal St. George's College
Paul Darvasi teaches high school English and media studies at Royal St. George's College in Toronto, Canada. 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, unpacking texts with student produced digital museums, hypertext and transmedia. He designed The Ward Game, a 30-day pervasive... Read More →
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John Fallon

English teacher, Fairfield Country Day School
John Fallon is a 7th & 9th grade English teacher at Fairfield Country Day School, a Prek-9 all boys school in Connecticut. His first game based learning project was a pervasive Alternate Reality Game to support the teaching of Homer's Odyssey in his 7th grade class. John also co-designed Blind Protocol, an inter-school Alternate Reality Game that instructs on privacy and surveillance in his 9th grade class. John is passionate about advocating... Read More →

Thursday August 6, 2015 11:30am - 12:15pm
Room 203 Tech Valley High School, 246 Tricentennial Drive, Albany, NY 12203

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