Below is the in-progress schedule for the 11th annual Games in Education Symposium. Changes to existing session topics are expected and additional sessions will be added as we finalize the schedule. 
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Friday, August 4 • 9:00am - 9:45am
It's Time to Play Your Final Exam: Combining Video Games and Literature

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The ability - and the challenge - to sift truth from fiction seems to only grow more important as the world descends deeper into the digital age. However, fiction writers have been confronting readers with unreliable narrators long before social media. They present a unique obstacle to readers and require students to ascertain the basic facts, identify possible biases, and then reconcile it all into a coherent narrative for their own analysis. However, written stories - for all their depth - are static. The ultimate test for students would be to tangle with an unreliable narrator directly. That's why for their final exam my 9th grade students played the award winning game Her Story. This session will show how I conceived, created, and executed a unit that blended traditional content and analysis with 21st century media for any teacher who is interested in game based learning and its benefits.

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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... Read More →

Friday August 4, 2017 9:00am - 9:45am
Ballroom 1400 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12222