9th Annual Games in Education Symposium
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Thursday, August 6

9:15am EDT

Keynote: Permission to Play
The good news is, the conversation has shifted! We are no longer asking, "Do games
belong in the classroom?" and "Is there really learning going on in that video game?" Instead, the questions are now, "How do we get the right games into schools?" and "How do we provide the proper incentives and training for teachers and get those who are still "on the fence" about using games feeling empowered and capable. In my experience, what teachers and administrators are rarely given is the time, and the mindset for game full learning. One giant leap in the right direction is granting us all "Permission to Play!" It’s time to revisit and unleash your inner child and take the time to play games and experiment with exciting ways to drive innovation, creativity, and problem-solving in your classroom— essential skills for the future. Games, and the entertainment value of play, have the ability to teach and transform.

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Peggy Sheehy

Teacher on a Mission, EPIC Learners
6th Grade Humanities Teacher, Suffern Middle School, Ramapo Central School District. After an exciting first career as a professional musician, Peggy Sheehy shifted her spotlight to the classroom, and to awakening dreams through education. For the past sixteen years, she has served... Read More →

Thursday August 6, 2015 9:15am - 10:00am EDT
Auditorium SUNY Poly, 255 Fuller Rd, Albany, NY 12203
Friday, August 7

9:15am EDT

Keynote: Passion-Driven Learning
What really drives learning?  When we allow for student choice and interest to enter the learning environment we provide authentic opportunities for students to have agency as they are empowered about the learning process. Students rarely have opportunities to make choices about learning.  Why not?   Games provide a natural fit for tapping into student interest when it comes to learning as students make authentic choices, solve real problems, and demonstrate their creativity.  As educators we can model passion, learn alongside our students, and encourage them to find and pursue their passion.  This session will highlight educators that clearly bring their passion and invite student passion into the learning environment with great results.  While full on education reform takes time and may seem daunting, embracing passion in learning can transform your practice and the experience of your students.  Games are not the only vehicle to bringing passion into school but they certainly tap into the interest of so many making game based learning a strong frame of reference for passion-driven learning.  

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Steven Isaacs

Education Program Manager, Bernards Township Schools
Steve Isaacs has been teaching since 1992. In 1998 began teaching in Bernards Township, NJ where he developed an internationally recognized middle and high school game development program. Steve is a pioneer in using VR and AR in the classroom. He is a champion for student choice... Read More →

Friday August 7, 2015 9:15am - 10:00am EDT
Auditorium SUNY Poly, 255 Fuller Rd, Albany, NY 12203