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Wednesday, August 1
 

11:00am

Ghost Stories from Learning Game Design: Surprises! A lively storytelling session
The goal of this Symposia will be to facilitate a lively discussion between session attendees where the presenters and attendees all tell “ghost stories” from their experiences in designing games for learning. The four facilitators will start out by telling a few of our own stories, and then work to get everyone involved in telling their own.

Our theme will be surprises, good and bad – and particularly areas where what we learned from data or feedback differed from what our design instincts told us, or what we were expecting.

We’ll aim to host a lively discussion of practitioners – telling tall tales, sharing wisdom (and hairy moments) from the work. We expect many stories to be enlightening, and we’ll record audio of the session.

Speakers
avatar for Barbara Chamberlin

Barbara Chamberlin

Professor, New Mexico State University
Barbara Chamberlin directs game and media development at New Mexico State University’s Learning Games Lab. The production team works on a variety of content and audiences, most recently completing Math Snacks games for mid school learners (mathsnacks.org). Dr. Chamberlin also conducts... Read More →
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Caitlin Feeley

Learning Game Designer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Caitlin is a designer of award winning educational games. Her projects have included "Vanished," a transmedia science mystery game/event co-developed with the Smithsonian, as well as the financial literacy games “Farm Blitz,” “Bite Club,” and "Con 'Em if You Can" with Fablevision... Read More →
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David Gagnon

Field Day Lab Director, Field Day Lab
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Dan Roy

Research Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Bert Snow

Principal, Snow & Co


Wednesday August 1, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
MIT List Visual Arts Center, E15-070 Bartos Theater, Lower Level, Weisner Building E15 Wiesner Bldg, 20 Ames St, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA

11:00am

Learning from Failure: Debugging in Coding, Gaming and Making Activities
Most attention in learning research has focused on how to provide instruction that supports or scaffolds students’ learning and solving problems with success, ignoring that helping students understanding mistakes or overcoming failures can provide equally rich learning opportunities. In this symposium, we want to examine how failure is situated and perceived in different contexts, especially those in which learners design complex artifacts such as software, games or electronic textiles. Our presentations and discussions will focus on how learners and teachers talk about failure, how they overcome challenges, and what they can learn from their failures. We want to examine differences and similarities in approaches and mindsets that can help us include failure as a productive dimension in future learning designs.

Speakers
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Deborah Fields

Associate Research Professor, Utah State University
Dr. Deborah A. Fields is a Temporary Assistant Professor in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences at Utah State University and an independent research consultant. Deborah researches children’s connective learning and identity engagement through designing with digital technologies... Read More →
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Paulina Haduong

Harvard Graduate School of Education
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Gayithri Jayathirtha

Student, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania
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yasmin kafai

Chair, Teaching Learning & Leadership Division, Universityt of Pennsylvania
Yasmin Kafai is Professor of Learning Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a researcher, designer, and developer of online communities and tools (ecrafting.org, stitchtfest.org, and scratch.mit.edu) to promote computational participation, crafting, and creativity across K-16. Book publications include Connected Code, Connected Play, The Computer Clubhouse, Textile Messages, and Beyond Barbie and Mortal Kombat. Kafai earned a doctorate from Harvard University while working wit... Read More →
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Breanne K Litts

Assistant Professor, Utah State University
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Chase Mortensen

Research Assistant, Utah State University
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Mike Tissenbaum

Research Scientist, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
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Creative Computing Lab at Harvard University

Creative Computing Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Education


Wednesday August 1, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Media Lab - Multi-purpose Room, 6th Floor, Building E14 75 Amherst St, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA

2:00pm

Connecting Learning Across Generations and Contexts: Designing For Family Learning
Connected learning emphasizes the significance of youth learning through engagement with personally meaningful content and digital technologies while supported by a network of peers, teachers, and families across settings. Western schooling often limits opportunities for intergenerational learning, yet it was the primary way through which learning occurred prior to the introduction of formal schooling. We are just beginning to understand the role of digital media in family learning, especially for non-dominant families. This session brings together scholars studying intergenerational learning across school and out-of-school contexts. It is broadly guided by the following research questions: (1) How can we engage families in learning together? (2) What activities, strategies, and tools are promising for engaging families in intergenerational learning? Participants will share their research through a structured poster session format and demonstrate a tool or activity from their research.

Speakers
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June Ahn

Associate Professor, University of California, Irvine
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Breanne K Litts

Assistant Professor, Utah State University
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Jasmine Y. Ma

Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education, New York University
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Annie McNamara

Graduate Student, University of Pittsburgh School of Education
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Ricarose Roque

Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Boulder
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Elizabeth Starks

Research Scientist, UW Bothell
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Keisha Varma

Associate Professor, University of Minnesota


Wednesday August 1, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
MIT List Visual Arts Center, E15-070 Bartos Theater, Lower Level, Weisner Building E15 Wiesner Bldg, 20 Ames St, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA

2:00pm

Making Computing Meaningful: Computational Action for Formal and Informal Computing Education
This symposium brings together a set of research agendas that aim to reframe computing education away from its traditional focus on the fundamentals of programming, such as variables, loops, and conditionals, towards one of computational action. Computational action is the idea that youth should be learning about, and creating with, computing in ways that provide them the opportunity to have direct impact in their lives and that of their communities. Each presentation explores computational action through a different cross-section of the computing education world: a formal computing classroom in an urban high school; community and classroom makerspaces; an informal world-wide app competition for young women; and an afterschool youth educational organization. Through its rich variety of educational settings, learning goals, and curriculum designs, this symposium will inspire and inform others who wish to develop their own computational action-focused learning interventions.

Speakers
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Allison Colyer

Curriculum Devloper, IRIDESCENT
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Betsy DiSalvo

Associate Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. Betsy DiSalvo is an Associate Professor in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology. At Georgia Tech she leads the Culture and Technology (CAT) Lab, where they study cultural values and how those values impact technology use, learning, and production... Read More →
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Rachel Nicoll

Programs Director, MassTLC Education Foundation
Technovation! CS EdWeek!
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Josh Sheldon

Associate Director, MIT App Inventor
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Mark Sherman

Postdoctoral Research Associate, MIT
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Elizabeth Soep

Senior Editor and Innovation Lab Founding Director, Youth Radio
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Mike Tissenbaum

Research Scientist, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign


Wednesday August 1, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Media Lab - Multi-purpose Room, 6th Floor, Building E14 75 Amherst St, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA

3:15pm

Authentic Esports, Enriched Curriculum
Esports, or professional competitive video games, are an already popular and rapidly growing medium with strong appeal to many students, especially young males. Presently, these games are under-utilized in academic contexts, disconnected from schooling or seen as a distraction to learning. In this project, we leverage student interest in esports by creating a new, authentic competitive high school esports league and to match this league development with rigorous academic content. By wedding student interest and participation in the robust esports community, our work will improve our understanding of competitive gaming, develop connections between game practices and school content (especially STEM), and improve esports communities through positive leadership and mentoring. In this symposium, we present our ongoing progress after six months of development, detailing key elements of the program including curriculum, coaching, league structure, and research.

Speakers
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Alexander Cho

Postdoctoral Scholar, DML Hub
Design research, critical race theory, gender and sexuality studies, Tumblr, ethnography
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Mark Deppe

Director, UCI Esports
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Mizuko Ito

Director, University of California, Irvine
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Gerald Solomon

Executive Director, Samueli Foundation
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Kurt Squire

University of California, Irvine
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Constance Steinkuehler

Speaker, University of California-Irvine & HEVGA
Constance Steinkuehler is a Professor of Informatics at the University of California, Irvine where she investigates cognition and learning in multiplayer videogames in domains including literacy, scientific reasoning, mathematical reasoning, computational literacy, collective problem... Read More →
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Tom Turner

Executive Director, Educational Services, Orange County Department of Education
I currently serve as the Executive Director of Educational Services with the Orange County Department of Education. In this role, I regularly interact with site administrators and district leadership in implementing professional learning and program development throughout Orange County... Read More →


Wednesday August 1, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Media Lab - Multi-purpose Room, 6th Floor, Building E14 75 Amherst St, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA

3:15pm

Beyond The Screen: Engaging Learners And Transforming Communities Through Augmented Reality Technologies
In "Beyond the Screen," we contribute AR design cases from diverse contexts as examples of implementations that connect learners beyond the screen through location- or place-based activities. The symposium is comprised of an interdisciplinary group of educators, researchers, and developers who are experimenting with the ways that AR technologies shift classrooms and communal knowledge through playful learning. The projects in this symposium range from teacher-created to learner-created experiences and from large scale (e.g. a major history museum project) to smaller scale class projects (e.g. augmenting a campus with cultural theory). By presenting a range of implementations, we hope that our interactive symposium structure will engage participants in a rich discussion around how to leverage AR to design location-based learning experiences that move beyond traditional barriers of walls and screens into local spaces such as nature preserves, museums, campuses, and neighborhoods.


Speakers
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David Gagnon

Field Day Lab Director, Field Day Lab
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Lisa Larson

Learning Experience Designer, Lila Learning Designs
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Breanne K Litts

Assistant Professor, Utah State University
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Susan Agger, M.Ed.

Cambridge Public School District
Susan Agger coordinates the Maynard Ecology Center for Cambridge Public Schools (Mass) and has taught elementary and middle grade science for fourteen years. She focuses her teaching work on access and engagement for all students using local outdoor resources. She is interested in... Read More →
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Chase Mortensen

Research Assistant, Utah State University
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Deborah Silvis

Teaching Assistant, University of Washington


Wednesday August 1, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
MIT List Visual Arts Center, E15-070 Bartos Theater, Lower Level, Weisner Building E15 Wiesner Bldg, 20 Ames St, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA
 
Thursday, August 2
 

11:00am

Being a Connected Parent: Learning and Living with Digital Media
In this symposium, we bring together researchers to share cutting edge research about parental practices, perceptions, and roles as they integrate technology and learning into their family practices. The three presentations in this symposium utilize nationally representative surveys of parents to explore issues of parental roles, perceptions, and obstacles as they work to support their children’s connected learning with technology. Two studies examine national surveys of US parents, and one study utilizes a national survey of UK parents. Taken together, these studies contribute substantially to the field by drawing more representative portraits of parents, digital media, and learning across two countries. The symposium format will be structured with three research presentations, representing research teams across seven institutions, and will be synthesized by our expert discussant, Dr. Brigid Barron. We will facilitate a panel and audience Q&A to conclude.

Speakers
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June Ahn

Associate Professor, University of California, Irvine
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Vikki Katz

Associate Professor, Rutgers School of Communication & Information
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Sonia Livingstone

Professor, Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political
Sonia Livingstone is a full professor in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE. She is author or editor of eighteen books, including Children and the Internet: Great Expectations, Challenging Realities (Polity 2009), Harm and Offence in Media Content: A review of the empirical... Read More →
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Lori Takeuchi

Deputy Director & Head of Research, Sesame Workshop


Thursday August 2, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Media Lab - Multi-purpose Room, 6th Floor, Building E14 75 Amherst St, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA

11:00am

Constructionism in Context: Connected Learning Across Technologies and Spaces
Constructionist designers has used new technologies to engage leaners in rich opportunities to build personally meaningful artifacts for decades. In this symposium we bring together expert designers and scholars that have successful developed constructionist innovations using emerging technologies in a range of domains including gaming, making, and coding and in a variety of contexts including schools, the home, and in virtual world. In a panel discussion format participant will identify key constructionist principles effective at enabling connected learning approaches.

Speakers
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Matthew Berland

University of Wisconsin - Madison
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Deborah Fields

Associate Research Professor, Utah State University
Dr. Deborah A. Fields is a Temporary Assistant Professor in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences at Utah State University and an independent research consultant. Deborah researches children’s connective learning and identity engagement through designing with digital technologies... Read More →
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Nathan R Holbert

Assistant Professor, Teachers College, Columbia University
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yasmin kafai

Chair, Teaching Learning & Leadership Division, Universityt of Pennsylvania
Yasmin Kafai is Professor of Learning Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a researcher, designer, and developer of online communities and tools (ecrafting.org, stitchtfest.org, and scratch.mit.edu) to promote computational participation, crafting, and creativity across K-16. Book publications include Connected Code, Connected Play, The Computer Clubhouse, Textile Messages, and Beyond Barbie and Mortal Kombat. Kafai earned a doctorate from Harvard University while working wit... Read More →
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Amon Millner

Assistant Professor of Computing and Innovation, Olin College of Engineering
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Ricarose Roque

Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Boulder


Thursday August 2, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
MIT List Visual Arts Center, E15-070 Bartos Theater, Lower Level, Weisner Building E15 Wiesner Bldg, 20 Ames St, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA

2:00pm

Changing Who Is Making: Broadening Participation In Maker Activities
Recently, making has gained traction as a promising method of cultivating STEAM-relevant student interests, identities, and learning. Though presented as a way to develop skills and interests pertinent to STEAM, traditional makerspaces present barriers to entry and have failed to engage students from diverse backgrounds. In this symposium, we present three projects focusing on bringing making to students who have been left behind both by traditional schooling practices and by the maker movement. Symposium discussions will focus on examining how emerging technologies can be leveraged to facilitate STEAM interests, engagement, and learning in all students.

Speakers
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Kinnari Atit

Assistant Professor, University of California, Riverside
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Kemi Jona

Associate Dean, Northeastern Uuniversity
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Reed

Evanston, Illinois, United States, Northwestern University
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Marcelo Worsley

Northwestern University


Thursday August 2, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
MIT List Visual Arts Center, E15-070 Bartos Theater, Lower Level, Weisner Building E15 Wiesner Bldg, 20 Ames St, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA

2:00pm

VoiceUp: Civic Media Connects Marginalized Youth to Their Communities through Development of Agency
For marginalized groups that traditionally have been silenced, the opportunity to connect their personal interests with their home, school, and community provides a path to voice their career aspirations and enhance civic engagement. In this symposium, we will share four examples of how youth media activists apply the Connected Learning framework to explore participatory, playful, and creative development of agency. Mindy Faber and Virginia Lund will introduce Spy Hop, a youth development program in Salt Lake City, UT and Free Spirit Media in Chicago, IL. Susan X Jane will describe her work with juveniles in Boston. Yonty Friesem will share a youth media initiative to connect students from Rhode Island School for the deaf with other youth. All four case studies will showcase videos produced by young people. This interactive session will include backchanneling using #VoiceUp as participants provide feedback and contribute their comments on VideoAnt.

Speakers
avatar for Mindy Faber

Mindy Faber

Director, Columbia Chicago
Mindy Faber is the Program Director of Convergence Design Lab, an applied research center and design studio at Columbia College Chicago’s School of Media Arts that partners with organizations to prepare youth to become future-ready, media fluent and active participants in public... Read More →
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Renee Hobbs

Director, Media Education Lab, University of Rhode Island
...loves all things media literacy
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Susan Jane

Diversity Educator, SXJ/ Media Education Lab
Susan Jane is a diversity and media literacy educator interested in the intersection of race and media. Nonprofit program manager, professor, and blogger, her work has brought her to communities and classrooms looking for ways to empower youth and teachers to address race and cu... Read More →
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Virginia Killian Lund

PhD Candidate, University of Illinois at Chicago
I'm interested in young people's composing processes with media, and with the communities and practices that support their work.


Thursday August 2, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Media Lab - Multi-purpose Room, 6th Floor, Building E14 75 Amherst St, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA

3:15pm

The Connected Learning Research Network: Reflections on a Decade of Engaged Scholarship
From 2011 through 2017, the MacArthur Connected Learning Research Network (CLRN) investigated the changing landscape of digital media and learning, and helped develop the connected learning model. This symposium commemorates this decade of interdisciplinary scholarship and the release of a revised framework that updates the one presented in the 2013 report, Connected Learning: An Agenda for Research and Design. The symposium will feature researchers representing a mix of perspectives and disciplines. It will recap the major research findings, and how the connected learning model has evolved. Then participants will then reflect on the biggest challenges and successes they encountered, and encouraged to share personal stories and reflections about what it has meant for them to participate in this extended and ambitious collaborative effort. Participants include: Mimi Ito, Sonia Livingstone, Josephina Chang-Order, Vera Michalchik, and Craig Watkins.

Speakers
avatar for Mizuko Ito

Mizuko Ito

Director, University of California, Irvine
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Sonia Livingstone

Professor, Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political
Sonia Livingstone is a full professor in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE. She is author or editor of eighteen books, including Children and the Internet: Great Expectations, Challenging Realities (Polity 2009), Harm and Offence in Media Content: A review of the empirical... Read More →
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Vera Michalchik

Moore Foundation
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Craig Watkins

Professor, University of Texas, Austin
S. Craig Watkins studies young people’s social and digital media behaviors. He is a Professor at the University of Texas, Austin, in the department of Radio-Television-Film. Craig is also a Faculty Fellow for the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of... Read More →


Thursday August 2, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Media Lab - Multi-purpose Room, 6th Floor, Building E14 75 Amherst St, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA
 
Friday, August 3
 

11:00am

Maker-Centered Approach to Educator Professional Development
This symposium examines professional development (PD) in maker education, bringing together scholars at the forefront of the maker movement in education. We will share a selection of four separate studies. To explore the notion of scale in maker-based PD, these studies range from single sites to city-wide systems. Beyond individual programs, these multiyear, multisite studies represent successful partnerships across educational settings. As making proliferates, successful makerspaces are increasingly being asked to provide PD to classroom teachers. This raises questions about learning through making and teaching through making. This symposium aims to incite dialogue about how, why, and what it means to learn to teach through making.

Speakers
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Thomas Akiva

Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh
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Sharon Colvin

Graduate Student, University of Pittsburgh
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Jeffrey Evancho

Assistant to the Superintendent for Secondary Education, South Fayette Township School District
Jeff Evancho is the Assistant to the Superintendent for Secondary Education at the South Fayette Township School District as well as an active leader within the Remake Learning Network. Jeff has been championing remaking learning for all children for his near 2-decade career in education... Read More →
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Annie McNamara

Graduate Student, University of Pittsburgh School of Education
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Emily Schindler

Doctoral Candidate, University of Wisconsin
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Peter Wardrip

Assistant Professor of STEAM Educatio, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Peter Wardrip is an Assistant Professor of STEAM Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focuses on informal/formal learning collaborations, professional learning for educators, formative assessment and making as a learning process. Peter earned his PhD in Learning... Read More →


Friday August 3, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Media Lab - Multi-purpose Room, 6th Floor, Building E14 75 Amherst St, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA

11:00am

Partnerships for Digital Futures: Community-based Collaborations to Support Youth Pathways with Technology
How can partnerships support youth pathways into digital futures? Informal learning organizations often use partnerships to ‘punch above their weight’ in various ways - to design and spread new learning innovations, to bring pedagogical practices into formal settings, and to coordinate learning across settings. Within the Connected Learning community, a persistent question has been how to support “youth pathways” - how youth can “geek out” and pursue interest-driven learning with digital media in ways that span longer timescales and multiple settings. In this session, we look at three models of informal learning organizations implementing “pathway partnerships” that support learning spanning multiple institutions. We highlight examples from informal digital learning organizations that are part of a larger research-practice partnership focused on youth pathways - Free Spirit Media, The Knowledge House and YOUmedia - and share emerging research from New York University on this theme.

Speakers
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June Ahn

Associate Professor, University of California, Irvine
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Jeremy Dunn

Director, Teen Services, Chicago Public Library
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Jeff McCarter

Founder & Executive Director, Free Spirit Media
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Jerelyn Rodriguez

Co-Founder and CEO, The Knowledge House
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Rafi Santo

Research Scientist, CSforALL


Friday August 3, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Media Lab - Silverman Skyline, 6th Floor, Building E14 75 Amherst St, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA

11:00am

The Design-ification of Learning
This symposium explores the design-ification of learning to generate discussion on digital learning, curriculum, design. Three empirical reports offer depth and scope on what it means to designify learning:1) 25 eighth graders designing affinity spaces to understand cyberbullying; 2) 9 high school students designifiying the self through a variety of social networking platforms; 3) 250 teachers in 14 secondary schools design-ifying ICT practices in their classrooms.

Speakers
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Lesley Liu

PhD Student, University of British Columbia


Friday August 3, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Media Lab - Lecture Hall, 6th Floor, Building E14 75 Amherst St, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA

1:30pm

Chocolate Covered Broccoli Or Superfood Smoothie? How to Make Learning with Minecraft Both Nutritious and Delicious
James Paul Gee has quipped that we shouldn't approach games and learning as covering broccoli with chocolate - using games to engage kids in unappetizing topics and activities. At its best, Minecraft creates more superfood smoothies than chocolate covered broccoli, a blender of entertainment and education into a tasty experience both nutritious and delicious. This symposium features snappy dialog and debate between leading Minecraft and learning educators, technologists and researchers. The focus is on tough problems in practice in using Minecraft to connect in and out of school learning, and stories from the trenches in the classroom and at the front lines of innovation in technology and program development.

Moderated by Mizuko Ito, director of the Connected Learning Lab, the symposium features Deirdre Quarnstrom and Meenoo Rami from the Minecraft Education team and researchers and Minecraft educators Michael Dezuanni, Paul Davarsi, Seann Dikkers, and Katie Salen.

Speakers
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Paul Darvasi

Teacher, Royal St. George's College
Paul Darvasi is an educator, game designer, speaker, and writer whose work looks at the intersection of games, culture and learning. He teaches English and media studies in Toronto, Canada and is a doctoral candidate at York University. His research explores how commercial video games... Read More →
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Michael Dezuanni

Associate Director, Digital Media Research Centre, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
I research the everyday uses of digital media in home, school and community contexts. I am interested in equity in digital contexts, particularly questions of digital inclusion; and how children and young people learn on digital platforms like Minecraft and YouTube.
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Seann Dikkers

Associate Professor, Bethel University
Built forts with neighborhood friends. Married my best friend. Two playful adult children. Games in Learning author, researcher, and trainer. Long time Civ and TW geek.
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Mizuko Ito

Director, University of California, Irvine
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Meenoo Rami

Manager for Minecraft Education, Microsoft
Meenoo Rami, author of Thrive, is a national board certified teacher who taught students English in Philadelphia for ten years, at the Science Leadership Academy and in other public schools in the city. The founder of #engchat, an international Twitter chat for English teachers, Meenoo... Read More →


Friday August 3, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Media Lab - Multi-purpose Room, 6th Floor, Building E14 75 Amherst St, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA

1:30pm

Integrating Computational Modeling into K-12 Science Classrooms
We propose a structured poster session with brief opening remarks highlighting the role computational modeling plays in four research projects in science education, emphasizing the use of StarLogo Nova as an agent-based modeling tool, and describing the specific contexts of each project. Attendees then circulate for about 30 minutes to learn about the various projects at each poster station, which will include a demonstration showcasing how computational modeling in StarLogo Nova has been utilized, and a chance to explore and play with the models. To close, we will hold a 15-minute Q&A discussion noting the similarities and differences across posters and attempting to answer our research questions:
• How is StarLogo Nova used in the various programs to develop computational modeling skills for the project's target learners?
• How have the curricula evolved to address the challenges inherent to their specific contexts?
• What are the remaining challenges that need to be addressed?

Speakers
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Emma Anderson

Scheller Teacher Ed Program
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Stacey Carman

Model-BEST Project Coordinator, Missouri Botanical Garden
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Bob Coulter

Director, Missouri Botanical Garden
I spend most of my time thinking about ways to get kids excited about learning and taking action in the community. A good part of this involves games they design with MIT's Taleblazer and StarLogo Nova tools, or in playing Equations, a really cool math game.
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Ling Hsiao

Research Scientist, Scheller Teacher Ed Program
Ling enjoys tinkering and playing with research design, methods, and data that highlights how students and their teachers learn when they use technology-enhanced tools in the classroom. Prior to MIT, she was a graduate researcher in the Strategic Education Research Partnership (SERP... Read More →
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Eric Klopfer

Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dr. Eric Klopfer is Professor and Director of the Scheller Teacher Education Program and The Education Arcade at MIT. Klopfer’s research focuses on the development and use of computer games and simulations for building understanding of science and complex systems. His research explores... Read More →
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Okhee Lee

Professor of Childhood Education, New York University
Okhee Lee is a professor in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University. Her research areas include science education, language and culture, and teacher education. She is leading collaborative research between New York University and Stanford... Read More →
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Irene Lee

Scheller Teacher Ed Program
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Lorena Llosa

New York University
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Meredith Thompson

Research Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Daniel Wendel

Scheller Teacher Ed Program
Daniel Wendel is a Research Engineer and the Lead Designer and Developer of StarLogo Nova at the MIT Scheller Teacher Education Program. His research interests include computational thinking, computational modeling, and science education.


Friday August 3, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Media Lab - Lecture Hall, 6th Floor, Building E14 75 Amherst St, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA