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9th Annual Games in Education Symposium
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Thursday, August 6
 

10:30am

Digital Games for Middle School Science Learning
Education Development Center's Center for Children and Technology is conducting a workshop on using digital games to help middle school students learn energy transfer topics.

Organizer's note: spots are limited for this session. Please visit the Help Desk at the Symposium to learn more about reserving a seat. 

Speakers

Thursday August 6, 2015 10:30am - 12:15pm
Lab 211 Tech Valley High School, 246 Tricentennial Drive, Albany, NY 12203

10:30am

Teaching Computer Science with App Inventor
In this hands on workshop, participants will develop an Android App using MIT's App Inventor, an introductory programming environment based upon Blockly. Attendees can use their Android phone or tablet if they download the MIT AI2 Companion but an emulator will also be available. The Mobile Computer Science Principles curriculum will be introduced as a guideline to teaching mobile app development.

Organizer's note: spots are limited for this session. Please visit the Help Desk at the Symposium to learn more about reserving a seat. 

Speakers

Thursday August 6, 2015 10:30am - 12:15pm
Lab 204 Tech Valley High School, 246 Tricentennial Drive, Albany, NY 12203

1:30pm

Finding Your Tribe
In his book, “The Element,” Sir Ken Robinson explains, “Finding your tribe can have transformative effects on your sense of identity and purpose." Too often educators feel alone and isolated. But wait! We have Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Google+, Instagram, Foursquare, Flickr, YouTube--- the number of tools and their capabilities is mind-boggling. Unfortunately, many of us either jumped on board these spaces before we determined their scope, or else we allowed them to get out of control. Logging in to many, and managing your valuable time can become exasperating. The tool starts to become more a task-master than an aide for staying in touch, staying informed and sharing information. In this workshop, we’ll explore ten popular social networking sites, determine their capabilities and purpose, and also examine the privacy settings, or lack thereof. We’ll also look at easy steps to “clean up the SN mess”, and get a routine in place so that these tools empowering us rather than drown us in a sea of mismanaged information.

Organizer's note: spots are limited for this session. Please visit the Help Desk at the Symposium to learn more about reserving a seat.

Speakers
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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 1:30pm - 3:15pm
Lab 211 Tech Valley High School, 246 Tricentennial Drive, Albany, NY 12203

1:30pm

Gamification without Technology
Many teachers would love to add more gamification elements to their classroom but feel that the lack of access to technology prevents them from doing do.

Participants in this workshop will be exposed to the basic elements that make gamification an effect way to activate student motivation . . . and none of those require technology.

Participants will be given time to collaborate to begin a plan for gamification in their classroom. Depending on the nature of the audience, the session may also include ways to include gamification with teachers and professional learning on a school or district level.

Organizer's note: spots are limited for this session. Please visit the Help Desk at the Symposium to learn more about reserving a seat. 

Speakers

Thursday August 6, 2015 1:30pm - 3:15pm
Room 205 Tech Valley High School, 246 Tricentennial Drive, Albany, NY 12203
 
Friday, August 7
 

10:30am

Websites as a Media for Learning
Presented by two recent graduates of Tech Valley High School, this workshop will offer participants the opportunity to explore the use of website creation and digital portfolios as a tool for student learning. Participants will be introduced to different ways they can have their students build websites and digital portfolios. Platforms such as Wix and Weebly will be explored and participants will be given time to practice working with these platforms (remember to bring a computer!). The presenters will also discuss factors to consider when incorporating digital projects and the benefits to using this as learning tool.

Organizer's note: spots are limited for this session. Please visit the Help Desk at the Symposium to learn more about reserving a seat. 


Friday August 7, 2015 10:30am - 12:15pm
Lab 211 Tech Valley High School, 246 Tricentennial Drive, Albany, NY 12203

10:30am

“Templatized” Games Across Subject Areas
Games can focus well on two things: deeply exploring a system, or practicing useful skills. With BrainPOP, I’ve been exploring simple game mechanics that you (or your students) can adapt to "play" with whatever they're learning. You can use them as a bridge between subject areas, or to spiral back to old material in a new lesson. You can easily have students ‘remix’ the games by designing their own content.

In this workshop, I’ll briefly present how we set up GameUp to support skill practice and content learning. Then we’ll play our most recent ‘templatized’ games together digitally. Participants will get to design their own content for either game and will discuss challenges and opportunities in this skill-focused approach to games in the classroom.

Organizer's note: spots are limited for this session. Please visit the Help Desk at the Symposium to learn more about reserving a seat. 

Speakers

Friday August 7, 2015 10:30am - 12:15pm
Lab 204 Tech Valley High School, 246 Tricentennial Drive, Albany, NY 12203

1:30pm

Do Online Now, Guys!
Many games are purpose-built to teach one skill or concept. Unfortunately, this means that their use in the classroom is limited. For games to be truly flexible and robust teaching tools, educators need the skills to be able to find new resources quickly and extract learning from them easily.

This workshop focuses on finding fun, free, accessible online games & activities and developing learning experiences from them. Participants will play a model game, discuss a framework for thinking about learning in this context, develop & share a mini-lesson, and walk away inspired!

Organizer's note: spots are limited for this session. Please visit the Help Desk at the Symposium to learn more about reserving a seat. 


Friday August 7, 2015 1:30pm - 3:15pm
Lab 204 Tech Valley High School, 246 Tricentennial Drive, Albany, NY 12203

1:30pm

Minecraft Workshop
Join Michele and see how you can harness the power of Minecraft EDU in your classroom.

Organizer's note: spots are limited for this session. Please visit the Help Desk at the Symposium to learn more about reserving a seat.

Speakers

Friday August 7, 2015 1:30pm - 3:15pm
Lab 211 Tech Valley High School, 246 Tricentennial Drive, Albany, NY 12203