J-WEL is pleased to announce a webinar offering for J-WEL members, to be held twice: Jan. 30, 2018, at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST), and Feb. 1, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. EST. The webinar is entitled “Teaching and Learning Creatively in the Era of Games.” The webinar will be run by the faculty co-director for J-WEL’s pK-12 Collaborative, Eric Klopfer. Klopfer is Professor and Director of the Scheller Teacher Education Program and The Education Arcade at MIT.
In an era when kids are constantly exposed to media that caters to passive consumers, how do we educate a generation to be creative problem solvers? One answer to this is to use some of the principles of media design to thoughtfully engage students and teachers in challenging problem spaces. While some see games as somewhat passive reward systems, they can in fact provide adaptive and open-ended spaces in which students can explore, collaborate and learn.
Designing such experiences requires leveraging the strengths of this medium. We have created a series of design principles around the idea of “Resonant Games”, games that resonate with both students and teachers, to help guide this process. These principles have been primarily used with digital media (from smartphone based games to low-tech alternate reality games to high tech virtual reality), but apply to non-digital media as well.
Members will receive registration information in an upcoming email announcement.