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Sunday, October 16 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Kids and Parents GameDev Workshop: "Mod it! Students as Game Creators via off-the-shelf Games" All Festival Welcome in GameU's Room L113 (part 2 of 2)

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Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari, said, “you might learn something playing a game; you will always learn something making a game.” 

There is a growing movement among progressive and revolutionary educators to recognize the value of using games in education.  While classroom ‘Jeopardy’ and ‘Bingo’ have long been used as review and rewards, games are starting to be applied in more varied ways.  Digital and cardboard games for learning are important because they are engaging for students, they allow for individualization, and they inspire kids to dig into course content.  The goal of The Sycamore School is to recognize the importance of being actively engaged in one’s own learning and to shift students to producers of ideas and understanding, rather than merely consumers of content.  

Games are fantastic tools in classrooms;  however, teachers often deprive students of their most active and engaging facet - game creation. Rather than presenting a game as a fully formed product for students to experience, we can and should include students in the design of games.  We will discuss how to shift to students as producers, giving them autonomy and mastery over the subject matter. We hope to inspire you to have your students modify pre-existing games as a way to explore, learn, and demonstrate understanding. In this session, we will provide an opportunity to play, discuss, and begin to modify a game.  This session, Mod it! Students as Game Creators via off-the-shelf Games, will highlight the process and benefits of game modding and suggest some new and interesting games to try.

Speakers
avatar for Christy Durham

Christy Durham

Christy Durham is an educator with nearly 20 years of elementary and middle school teaching experience at a number of prestigious Los Angeles private schools. She holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, as well as a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.Christy is a co-founder of the Sycamore School, an elementary dedicated to engaging, future-focused learning through games and projects. Her students play and... Read More →
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AJ Webster

Innovator and educator AJ Webster has more than a decade and a half of classroom experience teaching science, Latin, language arts, math, and social science.  AJ has his MA in educational leadership and policy studies.  He specializes in game-based learning and embraces the Maker Movement, in which students design, construct, and “think with their hands.”  AJ’s work with the PlayMaker School was featured on PBS... Read More →


Sunday October 16, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
USC SCI L113 (basement)

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