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Thursday, August 2 • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Playful STEM Teacher Preparation: Designing the Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning

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One core element of the Woodrow Wilson Academy’s curriculum is the playful practice space. A practice space refers to learning experiences that target specific skills and dispositions of teaching. In the design of practice spaces, the curriculum team often borrow mechanics of well-designed games to make them playful. The design team embodies playfulness because playfulness combined with seriousness represents the ideal mental attitude of teachers, and playfulness is closely associated with creativity and innovation. If teachers can learn new pedagogies and techniques in a playful manner, they are more likely to continue to practice and hone these skills.

We will first invite the community to experience our playful practice spaces in order to understand how game design and playfulness can be applied in the context of teacher education. Second, participants will design their own modifications or remixes of a playful practice space for their own context.

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Yoon Jeon "YJ" Kim

Executive Director, Playful Journey Lab
Dr. YJ Kim is the executive director of the MIT Playful Journey Lab (playful.mit.edu). Her work has centered on the topic of innovative assessment and how technological advancement influences what we are measuring about student learning and how we are measuring it. For more than ten... Read More →
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Peter Kirschmann

Senior Learning Designer, MIT Playful Journey Lab
Peter Kirschmann works on curriculum design for the Woodrow Wilson Graduate School of Teaching and Learning and playful assessment for maker activities. He is interested in creating opportunities for learners to design, create, and invent. He has designed and facilitated learning... Read More →
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Raha Moussavi

Senior Learning Designer, MIT Playful Journey Lab

Thursday August 2, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
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