Play to Learn, Learn to Play! How and Why Game-Based Learning Works
Description: This workshop will address the ins and outs of game-based learning, including: the characteristics of effective games, the features of games that make them useful learning tools and the best ways to use games in your classroom. Attendees will learn how games cater to active learning experiences; how they safely encourage experimentation, trial and error, and independent learning; how they contribute to personalized learning; and how to use games to increase engagement for students. The workshop will include hands-on gameplay, walkthroughs of games and a breakdown of learning game design. Also included will be a discussion of places to find quality games and strategies to evaluate the best games for your curriculum. The goal of the workshop is to educate participants on important features of game-based learning to make it easier to find, evaluate and utilize games in your teaching.