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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 • 11:00am - 11:45am
Mathematics and Minecraft: Improving student engagement and achievement through gamification

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In this session, educators will learn about the pilot program at the Troy School District and Wynantskill School District using Minecraft in 4th grade math class. Three 4th grade classes in Troy and two 4th grade classes in Wynantskill used Minecraft once a week to apply mathematics. The classes were done during normal school hours. Attendees will learn about the lessons used to teach mathematics using Minecraft and the experiences of the teachers and students.

All lessons were designed by the presenter and taught with the help of the classroom teachers, teacher assistants, and technology personnel. Topics covered by the lessons were area, perimeter, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, coordinate system, and financial fluency. Other skills students demonstrated during the lessons were team collaboration, creativity and critical thinking. Overall, the lessons were highly engaging.

By the end of the session, participants will be able to discuss the utility of using the Minecraft platform for mathematics instructions and review the advantages and challenges of different versions of Minecraft and different technologies for instructional use.

Speakers
avatar for Bill Strang

Bill Strang

Owner, Make-Steam
I'm an Education Technology Curriculum Consultant and the owner of Make-Steam. We specialize in integrating Minecraft and other technologies into the classroom. Services include curriculum development, technology implementation, faculty development and consulting. I was an engine... Read More →


Friday August 4, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am
Ballroom 1400 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12222