Watch the summit on Livestream on April 21
The U.S. Department of Education (DoED) and Games for Change, with the support of the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) will host on April 21 the first-ever Games for Learning Summit where commercial game developers, publishers, expert educators, students, government officials, and other stakeholders will identify strategies for the broader creation and use of high-quality video games in the classroom and beyond.
The summit is in direct response to President Barack Obamaâ€™s ConnectED, an initiative that aims to empower educators with the best technology and digital content to enrich the learning experience for students.
Summit attendees will work together in breakout sessions covering topics such as: a review of history games from the makers of Assassinâ€™s Creed franchise and Valiant Hearts (Ubisoft); new STEM frontiers with NASA, Rovio, and EyeWire; distributing games to students with the DoED, Edmodo, BrainPOP, iCivics, and Fingerprint; scaling up sandbox-style play with educators and developers for Minecraft; and more.
While the first summit is already at maximum capacity, you can tune in on Livestream to watch the plenary talks and join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #G4L15. At the Games for Change Festival that day? No worries, you won't miss a thing â€” after the summit, keep an eye out for videos, interviews with speakers, and full recaps of the event.
Morning Sessions (starting at 9 a.m. EST)
Afternoon Sessions (starting at 1:30 p.m. EST)
- Opening Remarks: Richard Culatta (U.S. DoED, director, Office of Ed Tech)
- Keynotes: Rafranz Davis (instructional technologist and educator) and Jesse Schell (Schell Games)
- Industry Chat: Michael D. Gallagher (president and CEO, ESA) and Constance Steinkuehler (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
- Keynote: Joseph South (U.S. DoED)
- Keynote: Paul Cross (director of design, Ubisoft Studio SF)
- Keynote: Jeff Hemenway (VP of Americas, Unity)
- Games for Learning Plenary Panel: Jessica Lindl (GlassLab Games), Richard Culatta (DoED), Alan Gershenfeld (E-Line Media), Ken Weber (Zynga.org), Greg Toppo (USA Today)
- U.S. DoED Initiatives and Capstone Remarks