Game On: Leveraging the Power of Game Design for Learning

Monday, February 25, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST  
Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Richard Culatta, Deputy Director of the Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education and Joseph Baird, Founder, Third Rail Games

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There's a lot of buzz surrounding the use of games for learning. While all learning experiences can't (and shouldn't) look like Angry Birds, there are some important lessons about engagement and adaptability that we should learn from game design to develop effective online learning. In this webinar we will consider key design elements that make games effective and how they can shape decisions we make about creating engaging learning experiences. We also will provide some first steps for learning professionals who are just beginning to explore the value of games through an instructional lens. Finally, we will demonstrate some of pitfalls to avoid when developing games for learning.


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Richard  Culatta
Richard Culatta

Deputy Director of the Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education

Richard Culatta is a national leader in educational innovation. As the Deputy Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education, his focus is around innovations that lead to personalized learning and improve access to education for all Americans.

He leads initiatives around competency-based learning, open educational data (aka Datapalooza), innovation clusters and entrepreneur outreach.

His experience in the federal government also includes serving as an educational policy advisor to U.S. Senator Patty Murray and leading the development of a worldwide online learning program for the Central Intelligence Agency. Prior to his work in the federal government, Culatta was the education lead for a game design startup, Director of Operations for the Rose Education Foundation and learning technologies advisor at Brigham Young University.

He recently launched EdStartup 101, a massive open online course (MOOC) to support new educational entrepreneurs in developing the next generations of apps and services for teachers and learners.

Joseph Baird
Joseph Baird

Founder, Third Rail Games

Joseph Baird is an avid learner and an ardent player and builder of games. After earning a bachelor's degree in Russian and an MBA from Indiana University, he founded Third Rail Games, an Indie game studio devoted to building fun and engaging learning games. His games can be found on hundreds of thousands of devices across the world and are used in schools everywhere to teach students math and early literacy. Baird regularly volunteers with his local school district on the effective use of technology. His apps have been featured on iTunes and, more recently, in a 60 Minutes special on autism.


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