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Presenter: Jen Helms, Co-Founder, Playmation Studios Inc.
When can video games provide learning that real world experiences can’t? When is a real world experience truly the best solution to achieve an educational objective? Is there the potential for video games to provide a bridge for what I term an “experience gap” that many students, young and old, face? By “experience gap” I refer to the opportunities that some are afforded based on greater wealth while others cannot, such as traveling to learn a new language through an in-country immersion program. Having taught through immersive play in Yosemite National Park and now as a developer of video games, this talk will explore the above questions from my unique perspective and through interactive examples.