Event Spotlight: Playful Learning Summit
March 07, 2014
On November 15th and 16th 2013, UW-Whitewater hosted its first regional Playful Learning Summit. The Playful Learning Summits are conference on game-based learning used in higher ed and K-12 classrooms. Held throughout the year in various locations across the country, the Playful Learning Summits bring current research, hands-on workshops, game demonstrations, and discussion sessions to educators and their students in small, collegial settings.
Internationally-recognized experts such as James Paul Gee, Kurt Squire, and Constance Steinkuehler spoke to 489 attendees, some of whom attended remotely from Venezuela, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Attendees represented UW-W students and faculty members; teachers from K-12 schools in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, and Illinois; game companies; testing services; and researchers in education, psychology, the physical and computational sciences, and the arts.
At the conference, attendees not only listened to speakers explain how games are being implemented in the classroom, but also attended workshops where they played games, such as Oblivion and Minecraft, and discussed the usefulness of these games for learning. Attendees even made their own apps for mobile devices and tested the latest educational games created by the Games and Learning Society and Filament Games. Networking during the conference also sparked a number of local and regional initiatives such as The Innovations in Teaching and Technology Academy, a new interdisciplinary major at UW-W, and professional development workshops conducted by UW-W faculty members for local K-12 teachers.
People interested in being involved in future Playful Learning Summits or the Games, Learning, and Society conference held this summer in Madison, Wisconsin should contact either Dr. Barbara Z. Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Beth King (email@example.com) for information and resources.
For more information about UW-Whitewater, Playful learning, or the Games and Learning Society, check out the links listed below.