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Gaming and Education Panel at Gen Con Trade Day

 
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2008 2:26 pm GMT    Post subject: Gaming and Education Panel at Gen Con Trade Day Reply with quote

Because we had to arrive on Wednesday to set up the SFR Booth, I took advantage of one of the panel discussions that was offered that day. The panel was entitled "Gaming and Education". The panelists were a mixed bag of educators and hobby store owners. Several of the educators on the panel related how they utilized games in general and strategy games in particular as a "sneaky" way to teach math, writing, and social skills to young people.

This then begged the question of how does one get a game into a school. Like any other idea, the panel agreed that you have to find a "champion" for the idea. In some places, that will be a teacher, in others it could be a Parent /Teacher organization setting up a Family Math or Family fun night where a game can be demonstrated and played. If people then liked it, you could hand out coupons to parents for purchase , or provide order forms for people to fill out. The panel also stressed that having numbers showing that playing strategy games helps students improve test scores helps you find that "champion" within an individual school building or school system. In order to encourage sales, getting parental buy-in is also important, especially in the elementary or middle schools where a parent has to drive to get to the hobby store or order from a website.

GAMA has a page on "Gaming and Education". The page has several brochures that can be downloaded. The link is

www.gama.org/programs/gie


Perhaps this would be a way to increase the fan base.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2008 6:46 am GMT    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moved this to the "Dragon Diceâ„¢ as an Educational Tool" thread. I'd love to see us in schools. Perhaps one good selling point for Dragon Diceâ„¢ is it's durability.
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