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Thursday, November 4 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Using Games In Education: A Pragmatic Approach

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The first version of _Oregon Trail_ was created and introduced to the teaching world in 1971. Fifty years later, what have we learned about digital games in education, and what does - and doesn’t - work? In this workshop we will take a hands-on approach to answering this question, informed by the latest research. We will both use existing games and create new ones, focusing on readily available cross-platform tools and techniques. We will also examine the connections between board and narrative games and their digital counterparts, and how to use both types productively. Finally, we will sneak a peek at emerging uses for virtual reality games that open up new domains of immersive learning, reaching far beyond a text message reading “you have died of dysentery.”

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Dr. Ruben Puentedura

Founder and President, Hippasus
Dr. Ruben Puentedura is the Founder and President of Hippasus, a consulting firm based in Western Massachusetts focusing on transformative applications of information technologies to education. He has implemented these approaches for over twenty-five years at a range of K-20 educational... Read More →

Thursday November 4, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
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