Organized by Rex Beaber.
Where Do Teachers Fit? A Field-Wide Discussion
Constance Steinkuehler, Drew Davidson, Zack Gilbert, Steve Isaacs, Ellen Jameson, Joel Levin, Allisyn Levy, Jessica Millstone, Andrew Phelps, Kimberly Sheridan
The purpose of this panel is to spark continuation of a field-wide discussion around the role of teachers in the development of game-based learning. To accomplish this we have organized a diverse panel of representatives from academia, industry, and classroom education to offer perspectives on the investment in game-based learning.
Drew Davidson is a professor, producer and player of interactive media. His background spans academic, industry and professional worlds and he is interested in stories across texts, comics, games and other media. He is the Director of the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University and the Founding Editor of ETC Press and its Well Played series and journal. All things Drew can be found... Read More →
EdGamer Host, EdReach
Zack Gilbert is currently a 6th grade social studies/language arts teacher in Normal, Illinois. He is the host of EdGamer on EdReach and he is also on the advisory board for Playful Learning through the Learning Games Network. Games are an important part of Zack’s life, in and out of school.
Learning Specialist, Filament Games
I am a Learning Specialist at Filament Games, and a Visiting Research Associate at Indiana University's Center for Research on Learning and Technology. My research interests include investigating the use of games to facilitate education and discussion around issues in environmental science. I work with games as tools offering a useful balance of complexity, contextualization, visualization, and control, for communities to explore, debate, and... Read More →
Joel was a mild mannered, game loving, computer teacher at a private school in New York City until he began using Minecraft in his classroom. He quickly realized that he had unlocked one of the most versatile and engaging educational tools ever. He began collaborating with Mojang of Sweden (the game's creator) to make MinecraftEdu, a custom remix of the original Minecraft designed for classroom use. Since then, in addition to teaching, he has... Read More →
Director, RIT MAGIC Center, Rochester Institute of Technology
Andrew "Andy" Phelps is an educator, digital artist, and technologist with over 15 years experience. He currently serves at the request of RIT President William Destler as the founder and director of the RIT Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction and Creativity (MAGIC), and holds the rank of Professor in the School of Interactive Games & Media that he founded in 2011. His work in games education, digital media, and interactive software has... Read More →
Co-Director, Associate Professor, GLS, UW-Madison
Constance Steinkuehler is an Associate Professor in Digital Media at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and co-directs the Games+Learning+Society (GLS) center at the Wisconsin Institute of Discovery and chairs their annual GLS Conference. Her research is on cognition and learning in commercial entertainment games and games designed for impact. In 2011-2012, she served as Senior Policy Analyst in the White House Office of... Read More →
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