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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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Hands-on Workshop [clear filter]
Thursday, August 3
 

10:00am

Gamify Coding in Your Classroom
Several apps will be presented in this workshop, including Bloxels, Sketch Nation, and Hopscotch, to name a few. Several iOS applications, in addition to hands-on tools will be presented which can be utilized in tandem with iPads or tablets to create exciting and relevant learning experiences for students.Participants in this session will not only be exposed to the technologies (all apps are free), but will also have the opportunity to test them all: leaving the workshop with a solid understanding of how they can get these exciting technologies into their students' hands as soon as possible. As a middle school computer technology educator myself, I will provide an authentic summary and demonstration of how I am already using these technologies with my students.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Kalman

Robert Kalman

Digital Design Teacher & Tech Integrator, Ramsey School District
Robert Kalman is a digital design teacher and tech integrator at Eric S. Smith Middle School in Ramsey, New Jersey. He is an avid edtech presenter and consultant, and has experience integrating iPads, Chromebooks, & PC’s in a 1:1 device environment. Robert loves working with both... Read More →


Thursday August 3, 2017 10:00am - 11:45am
ED B14 (PC Lab) 1400 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12222

10:00am

Let's Make A Game
Are you a teacher that is that is highly motivated, but hesitant or unskilled at teaching students how to create games? In this 'game jam' workshop I will lead the group through the stages of creating a GBL experience.
The stages are:
1. deconstructing a curriculum of your choice to focus on selected elements
2. concepting interesting gameplay that uses those elements
3. creating a playable physical prototype from a big box of game pieces.
During the whole process we will discuss the choices and make the changes needed to evolve the concepts into an engaging play experience that deepens the understanding of the curriculum.
You will come away with:
* understanding of essential elements of game design
* understanding of how that design should resonate with the curriculum to create a cohesive game
* hands on experience in game creation, and greater confidence in trying your hand at game creation in your classroom.

Depending on the size of the audience, we may divide into teams.

Speakers
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Chris Crowel

Founder, Crowell Interactive Inc
PAST: Videogame Development Chris 'Wombat' Crowell is a Game Designer and Creative Director with 20+ years experience creating a wide range of critically acclaimed games. He has worked with globally known brands such as NASCAR, Tiger Woods, Sim City, The Sims, Open Season, Indiana... Read More →



Thursday August 3, 2017 10:00am - 11:45am
Assembly Hall 1400 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12222

1:00pm

Killer Snails: Discovering NGSS Aligned Digital Games for Engaging Science Learners
If you enjoy the strategic thinking and competitiveness of science research, join us to learn how this digital game can scaffold scientific inquiry and promote student thinking. Bring your favorite games for learning and together we'll unpack the ways in which Killer Snails and other games help students develop interdisciplinary and applied knowledge while enacting key NGSS tenets of disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and cross cutting concepts.

Speakers
JO

Jessica Ochoa Hendrix

CEO, CoFounder, Killer Snails
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Lindsay Portnoy

Chief Learning Officer & Co-Founder, Killer Snails


Thursday August 3, 2017 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Assembly Hall 1400 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12222

1:00pm

Makey Makey Workshop
**UPDATE!** I have added the slideshow, worksheet, and my teaching plan to the class description for your use. Please contact me before sharing with any non-attendees  who want to use it in their own classrooms. Thanks!

Author Kathy Ceceri (craftsforlearning.com) is back with another game-building workshop featuring the versatile Makey Makey invention kit! Makey Makey plugs into any computer and lets you turn anything conductive -- from aluminum foil to play dough -- into a controller. It's easily paired with MIT's free drag-and-drop programming language Scratch to design unique video game environments. In this workshop, you'll explore the possibilities for using Makey Makey to create customized game controllers for players with special needs. Come see how you can use a game design challenge involving hardware and software to encourage teamwork, creative thinking, empathy, and an engineering mindset in your students! Kathy's books for middle grade readers and up include "Video Games: Design and Code Your Own Adventure," "Musical Inventions," and "Paper Inventions." She has more than 10 years' experience offering STEAM enrichment programs throughout the Northeast.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Ceceri

Kathy Ceceri

STEAM Writer and Educator, Author
Kathy Ceceri is an award-winning author and enrichment educator with a focus on hands-on projects incorporating science, technology, history, and art. She presents workshops for students, teachers, and librarians from elementary through high school featuring activities such as DIY... Read More →



Thursday August 3, 2017 1:00pm - 2:45pm
ED B14 (PC Lab) 1400 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12222

2:00pm

Game-Based Learning in STEM
Topics will "include why game-based learning?", games as digital assessment tools, importance of play, math centric games, game mechanics and types, and a hands-on commercial game exploration

Speakers

Thursday August 3, 2017 2:00pm - 3:45pm
CC 375 1400 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12222
 
Friday, August 4
 

10:00am

Gamification to Game-Based Learning with MinecraftEdu
Come experience the power of Minecraft in Education! You will be immersed in Minecraft educational worlds in various content and grade levels. You will learn how teachers are leveraging the game to create powerful gamification and game-based learning lessons. Anyone from an inexperienced crafter to a fanatical Minecraft pro will leave this session inspired to bring Minecraft back to your classroom, school and district.

Speakers
avatar for Glen Irvin

Glen Irvin

Instructional Coach/Technology Integrationist, Sauk Rapids-Rice High School
I have taught Spanish for the past 13 years at Wabasha-Kellogg High School. I not only teach Spanish full time but I am also the half-time Technology Integrationist for the school district. I am an avid gamer! My classroom is a gamified, quest-based, mastery learning environment... Read More →


Friday August 4, 2017 10:00am - 11:45am
ED B14 (PC Lab) 1400 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12222

10:00am

Ozobots- the Tiny, Mighty Robots
Ozobots are small and great for many levels of students from elementary to middle or high school, including special education students. We will experience a few different levels of Ozobots, from the basics of drawing to coding your robots. We will be hands-on for these experiences. It works on all kinds of machines, including Chromebooks, Mac and especially iPads. (There is an app for that!) (If you bring an iPad, please have the Ozobot Bit app installed.) Come and experience Ozobots.

Speakers
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Carolyn Strauch

Questar III BOCES Model Schools Coordinator, Questar III
ISTE Standards Educator and NYS Trainer for ISTE Standards, as well as many other wonderful educational technology discoveries. In 1980, I was in a pilot program to see if computers were worth bringing into education. Now, we are piloting drones, AI and other pieces of technology... Read More →


Friday August 4, 2017 10:00am - 11:45am
Assembly Hall 1400 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12222

1:00pm

Can you Breakout?
Experience Breakout EDU, the incredibly engaging learning game that is gaining worldwide popularity in schools. Breakout EDU was inspired by the Escape Room phenomena around the world and is fun for all ages. Games can be used to teach any academic content, as team-building activities, or just for fun! In this session you will play a Breakout EDU game with other attendees and using teamwork, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, troubleshooting, and communication you will problem-solve to try to beat the clock and break into the Breakout EDU box. Come see why Breakout EDU has teachers and students so engaged!

Speakers
avatar for Courtney Sayward

Courtney Sayward

Assistant Coordinator for Model Schools, WSWHE BOCES
Courtney Sayward is an Assistant Coordinator for Model Schools. Courtney earned a BS in Geology, a BA in Mathematics, and a minor in hydrogeology from SUNY Plattsburgh. Courtney also completed graduate coursework in teaching from SUNY Plattsburgh and recently completed her Master... Read More →


Friday August 4, 2017 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Assembly Hall 1400 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12222

1:00pm

Play and Discuss the Dragonbox Math Games!
This session will involve playing the suite of iPad math games from Dragonbox, which includes games about algebra, geometry, and numbers & operations. We have 15 iPads for attendees, and this session will begin with playing the games (individually or in small groups, depending upon how many people show up). After some playing and exploration, we will facilitate a discussion about the different games, and how to support bridging the math content in the games to the math content in the classroom. We will also provide some useful handouts that assist in identify the learning standards within the games.

Speakers
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Sturdy Knight

University at Albany
Sturdy Knight is a teacher, librarian, and instructional designer from Syracuse, NY. He is currently pursuing a doctorate at the University at Albany, studying the ways in which educators and students interact and play together in games. That is his real, actual name.
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Caro Williams-Pierce

Professor, UAlbany
Dr. Caroline “Caro” Williams-Pierce is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Theory & Practice at the University at Albany, SUNY. Caro specializes in designing and analyzing technology for mathematical play, with a particular focus on how players construct mathematical... Read More →


Friday August 4, 2017 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Fireside Lounge 1400 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12222

1:00pm

Teaching Teamwork with the Board Game Pandemic
Learn how to use a popular board game, Pandemic, to teach the important 21st century skill of teamwork.  We will cover six components of what makes a good team, give you a chance to play the game and experience what effective and ineffective teamwork looks like, and provide resources that you can use to implement Pandemic or similar games to teach teamwork in your classroom.  We have enough games to accommodate 24 active participants, but anyone is welcome to attend and observe.

Speakers
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John Morelock

Doctoral Candidate, Virginia Tech
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Joshua Garcia Sheridan

Graduate Student, Virginia Tech



Friday August 4, 2017 1:00pm - 2:45pm
CC 375 1400 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12222

1:00pm

Using PBS Learning Media in the Classroom
Join staff from WMHT in exploring PBS LearningMedia New York, PBS Kids LAB, and other free resources for your classroom and families! BYOD(device) and content desire for this workshop. PBS LearningMedia is your destination for direct access to thousands of program-ready, curriculum - targeted digital resources. Our goal is to familiarize staff members with PBS LearningMedia and other resources. As a result of this workshop, participants will gain access to PBS LearningMedia, create accounts and folders to share with their colleagues, and leave the session with one actionable lesson plan for their programs.

Speakers
avatar for Jenn Baumstein

Jenn Baumstein

Community Engagement Coordinator, WMHT Public Media
Helping you help students at all ages and stages.


Friday August 4, 2017 1:00pm - 2:45pm
SL 03 (Mac Lab) 1400 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12222