Hi Gamestar Mechanic NYC Educators!
Our friends at BrainPOP are involved in a cool research study funded by Gates on how teachers are using digital games for formative assessment. Part of the research involves creating some case studies, and they’re looking for local NYC-area teachers to participate.
Here’s the criteria to participate:
- Teach grades 5-8 in NYC or the immediate area around NYC.
- Teach in the content areas of social studies/history, ELA, math or science.
- Able to use a selected game from BrainPOP’s GameUp as part of your regular curriculum in Winter/Spring 2014.
- Be willing to participate in a PD session related to GameUp in late January, 2014.
- Allow researchers to visit your classroom to observe use of the game, and participate in a debriefing interview about your experience with the game.
All teachers who participate in the case studies will receive:
- Premium access to the BrainPOP web site.
- A $250 expense allowance for your participation in the professional development.
If you are interested, you can read more here: http://create.nyu.edu/agames and then you should complete this application: http://create.nyu.edu/application
It’s a pretty cool opportunity!
On Saturday, Gamestar Mechanic and BrainPOP partnered to have an awesome event in BrainPOP’s very own beautiful office. This event was a kick off for the National STEM Video Game Challenge which opened yesterday. I cannot stop thinking about how inspiring and energetic this event was!
A wide variety of teachers showed up to learn about how to use game design in their classrooms. These teachers were public, private, charter, and homeschooling. They were at elementary, middle, and high school levels. They worked with mainstream students, ESL students, and special needs students. Some were gamers, but mostly they were new to gaming and game design, and couldn’t wait to get started with it!
We kicked off the day with a fantastic keynote by Michael Angst, CEO and founder of E-line Media. Following the keynote were a series of workshops where teachers made physical games, digital games, played games, reviewed games, and learned about games and STEM learning. To see pictures of the event, go here. (That link also includes handouts to help teachers prepare their students for the STEM video game challenge).
I left the event with a deep understanding that teachers from all walks of life (gamer or not) value the importance of connecting with and teaching students on an innovative and digital level. Thank you to all teachers who came, to BrainPOP for being fantastic partners, and to the Gamestar team for making such an inspiring platform!
We’ll definitely be doing an event like this again. See you there next time!
We’ve partnered up with BrainPOP to do a kick-off event for the National STEM Video Game Challenge. I’m pretty psyched about this event, and excited to work with teachers on how to use Gamestar Mechanic to model STEM subjects. Check out the flyer below and, if you’re in the NYC area, please come through!! (Also, it’s FREE!)
Attention New York City area educators! Are you ‘game’ for a free one day game design workshop with BrainPOP and Gamestar Mechanic? Then read on…
From the National STEM Video Game Challenge to ed tech conferences around the country, you’ve heard the buzz about student-made games. But how do you get started making that a reality in your classroom? On Saturday, November 12, join leading game designers, STEM content experts, and fellow educators for a day of professional development dedicated exclusively to this rapidly growing field of game design. Keynote speaker Michael Angst, Founder and CEO of educational game publisher E-Line Media, kicks things off with a talk that illuminates the key elements of game design. Then, head to hands-on workshops in which you’ll use curricular content from BrainPOP and the easy-to-use game design tool Gamestar Mechanic to develop your very own game. You’ll leave armed with great ideas and ready to tackle that National STEM Video Game Challenge with your students. Breakfast, lunch, and other goodies will be provided.
When: Saturday, November 12 (National Gaming Day!)
9:30am – 4:00pm
Where: BrainPOP HQ