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Sunday, August 13
 

4:00pm

Digital Media and Learning Meet-up: Kickoff to Play Make Learn
Join us for a kick off celebration at Filament Games and Dan White's keynote address. To register for this free event, please visit the EventBrite page and click "register"! 

Speakers

Sunday August 13, 2017 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Filament Games 316 W Washington Ave #1000, Madison, WI 53703
 
Monday, August 14
 

8:00am

Breakfast and Check In
Monday August 14, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
Varsity Hall 2

9:00am

Keynote Address
Making Way: Removing barriers that inhibit youth participation in the maker movement

Speakers

Monday August 14, 2017 9:00am - 9:50am
Varsity Hall

10:00am

Games and Civic Engagement

Monday August 14, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Landmark

10:00am

Higher Ed Fab Lab
Higher Education and the maker movement- Recent attention to the role of making has transformed the way IHEs, especially technical colleges, think about the ecology of teaching and learning. In this session we will discuss EMMET, a new project between UW-Madison and Northcentral Technical College that aims to bring excitment about STEM careers to rural communities through making.

Speakers
avatar for Erica Halverson

Erica Halverson

Professor of Educational Psychology / Curriculum and Instruction, UW Madison
Erica Halverson is a Professor of Curriculum & Instruction at UW-Madison where she studies how people learn in and through the arts. Erica has worked in a range of arts media including theatre, film, radio, digital art, and most recently, in the emerging Maker Movement. In 2016, Erica co-edited the two volume Makeology (Routledge, 2016), the first volumes dedicated to empirical research on making and makerspaces in education. Erica is the co-founder of Whoopensocker, a Madison-based arts education collaborative between Theatre Lila and the UW-Madison School of Education that conducts creative arts residencies in elementary schools. Whoop it up... Read More →


Monday August 14, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Northwoods A

10:00am

Learning By Design
Researchers at the Stockholm University Designs for Learning Research Group lead an international discussion for how technologies can transform learning in and out of schools. This team will share insights on the role of design in education and how new technologies can improve learning for all students.


Monday August 14, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Fifth Quarter

10:00am

Teacher Communities Around Making
This working session will feature members of teacher communities of practice that focus on maker pedagogies developed over time and wrestling with issues of how to improve classroom practice that involves making and production.

Speakers
avatar for Breanne Litts

Breanne Litts

Assistant Professor, Utah State University
avatar for Emily Schindler

Emily Schindler

University of Wisconsin-Madison


Monday August 14, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Agriculture

10:00am

Programming and Making with Code
In this working session, we will start the process of making a simple game with code. No experience necessary!

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Berland

Matthew Berland

University of Wisconsin–Madison


Monday August 14, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Industry

10:00am

Games and Learning 101
Speakers
avatar for Mike Beall

Mike Beall

Director, Gear Learning
Mike Beall is the Director of Gear Learning at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. He is a lifelong game enthusiast with a professional history as a game designer, producer, and artist working with the Learning Games Network and Games Learning Society at the University o... Read More →
avatar for David Gagnon

David Gagnon

Director, Field Day Lab, University of Wisconsin - Madison
I have a sweet spot for directing small design teams to approach big challenges. I like thinking and making real world products that are inspired by all the cool stuff kids like these days. I love seeing other people find themselves by making something new. I also am a bit of a b... Read More →


Monday August 14, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Varsity Hall 1

10:00am

Making Kits

Monday August 14, 2017 10:00am - 11:50am
Varsity Hall 1

10:00am

Game and Gear Demos
Speakers
avatar for Matthew Berland

Matthew Berland

University of Wisconsin–Madison


Monday August 14, 2017 10:00am - 11:50am
Varsity Hall 1

11:00am

Community-Based Inquiry and Action
Learn about digital and analog tools, activities, and frameworks you can use to design community-based learning experiences for, and with, your students. This presentation will focus on place-based education, a pedagogical approach that engages students in studying their local community. The presenter will show how place-based education aligns with many current educational trends, such as personalized and project-based learning, and share resources and tools that can be used to inspire locally-focused exploration, inquiry and action.

Speakers
avatar for Jim Mathews

Jim Mathews

Field Day Lab, UW Madison
Jim Mathews is a teacher, researcher, and designer, exploring the intersection of place, design, and civic engagement. Through his work with the Field Day Lab and Clark Street Community School, he designs and researches digital media and learning experiences aimed at connecting y... Read More →


Monday August 14, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
Landmark

11:00am

Conferring in Personalized Learning Schools
UW-Madison Personalized Learning Networked Improvement Community team will share insights about conferring, the teacher-student conversations at the heart of personalized learning reform. Teachers and researchers will present together to explain the purpose of conferring and how can work in any school.

Speakers
avatar for Rich Halverson

Rich Halverson

Professor, UW Madison Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and ISN Board Member
Rich is a professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in the UW-Madison School of Education. He co-directs the Wisconsin Collaborative Education Research Center and the Comprehensive Assessment of Leadership for Learning (CALL) project. He co-founded and co-directed the Games, Learning and Society Research Center, and is a Fellow at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. He is co-author (with Allan Collins) of Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology: The Digital Revolution and Schooling in America and many other scholarly articles... Read More →
avatar for Julie Kallio

Julie Kallio

Graduate Student, UW-Madison
Julie Kallio is a doctoral student in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She is also the research director for the Personalization in Practice – Networked Improvement Community, a IES grant-funded position to bring together te... Read More →


Monday August 14, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
Varsity Hall 2

11:00am

Game Design in Class: Beyond Computer Science
Game design in a business curriculum can inspire students and weave together multiple subjects by giving students the roles of project manager, artist, writer, marketer, coder and more.  We’ll share what teachers are already doing and discuss how to grow from there.

Here is a link to the presentation: 
https://docs.google.com/a/waukesha.k12.wi.us/presentation/d/1dyvwmxAAmcYBnmljalNkIG3fVNOTzaOljqYEtOq8jIY/edit?usp=sharing_eil&ts=596f760a

Speakers
avatar for David McHugh

David McHugh

Education Consultant, WI Dept. of Public Instruction
I am lucky to serve as DPI's first Games & Learning Liaison where I foster connections to help discover and scale games & learning opportunities for Wisconsin teachers and students. I also work on strategic planning and professional learning for the agency. Outside of DPI, I st... Read More →
avatar for Dan Prothero

Dan Prothero

Business Education Instructor, Waukesha STEM Academy - Saratoga
Dan Prothero is the Business Education Instructor at Waukesha STEM Academy. Dan has been teaching students about business, graphic design, marketing, and technology since 2000. Dan earned his Masters Degree in Educational Leadership at Cardinal Stritch University, and his Bachelo... Read More →
avatar for Dave Thomas

Dave Thomas

Education Consultant for Business & Information Technology, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction


Monday August 14, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
Fifth Quarter

11:00am

Multi-Institutional Partnerships for Learning
This session features researchers and practitioners who design and study making and learning partnerships that stretch across classrooms and out-of-school learning spaces. During this time we will describe the development of partnerships, discuss pitfalls and victories, and examine comparisons across different partnerships.

Speakers
avatar for Erica Halverson

Erica Halverson

Professor of Educational Psychology / Curriculum and Instruction, UW Madison
Erica Halverson is a Professor of Curriculum & Instruction at UW-Madison where she studies how people learn in and through the arts. Erica has worked in a range of arts media including theatre, film, radio, digital art, and most recently, in the emerging Maker Movement. In 2016, Erica co-edited the two volume Makeology (Routledge, 2016), the first volumes dedicated to empirical research on making and makerspaces in education. Erica is the co-founder of Whoopensocker, a Madison-based arts education collaborative between Theatre Lila and the UW-Madison School of Education that conducts creative arts residencies in elementary schools. Whoop it up... Read More →
avatar for Emily Schindler

Emily Schindler

University of Wisconsin-Madison
avatar for Jesse Vieau

Jesse Vieau

Madison Public Library
Jesse Vieau is a Teen Services Librarian who’s daily work puts him in the community to network with, and provide resources for, teens, teachers, social service agencies, community leaders, and others who provide direct service to teens.  He is a passionate advocate for teens and for issues of racial equity and social justice that affect the teen populations he works with most often in the Dane County area. Many of... Read More →
avatar for Peter Wardrip

Peter Wardrip

UW-Madison


Monday August 14, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
Northwoods A

11:00am

Small Games to Teach BIG Middle School Science concepts
Field Day Lab and BrainPOP have collaborated with DPI and WDLC in creating and disseminating a series of middleschool science games that have been used by nearly 500,000 learners in less than a year. In this session we will talk about the phlosophy of play and exploration that guided their design, what they teach and who is using them.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Gagnon

Sarah Gagnon

Creative Director & Communications, Field Day Lab
I read everything I can about communication. I try to find a repeatable process for everything we do. I study leadership constantly. My favorite book is "The power of one." I've been to every continent except the one where the IceCube lab is located. I collect textiles. The most... Read More →
avatar for Allisyn Levy

Allisyn Levy

VP, GameUp, BrainPOP
Since joining BrainPOP in 2007, Allisyn Levy has played an integral role in the creation, launch, and continued development of BrainPOP Educators, our online professional community. Now, as Vice President, GameUp, she leads outreach efforts for BrainPOP's online learning games po... Read More →


Monday August 14, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
Agriculture

11:00am

Video Games for Non Science Major Astronomy
Discussion of the pros and cons of designing, developing, and implementing a game designed to supplement an Astronomy 101 Classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Beall

Mike Beall

Director, Gear Learning
Mike Beall is the Director of Gear Learning at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. He is a lifelong game enthusiast with a professional history as a game designer, producer, and artist working with the Learning Games Network and Games Learning Society at the University o... Read More →


Monday August 14, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
Industry

12:00pm

Lunch and Posters
Monday August 14, 2017 12:00pm - 1:20pm
Varsity Hall

1:30pm

Assessment in Non-Traditional Learning Environments
This session begins with the tenet that assessments are evidence-based arguments about what learners do, say, or make. While assessment is often associated with tests that are administered in classrooms, it can also support improvement to non-traditional learning environments, better feedback to learners, and provide evidence-based claims about what is learned. Through the sharing of work and practical activities, based on empirical research, this session will encourage and support participants to consider the purpose of assessment and the nature of the evidence of learning in their own educational settings.

Speakers
avatar for Sam Abramovich

Sam Abramovich

University at Buffalo
avatar for YJ Kim

YJ Kim

Research Scientist, MIT Teaching Systems Lab
avatar for Peter Wardrip

Peter Wardrip

UW-Madison


Monday August 14, 2017 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Northwoods A

1:30pm

Exploring History Through Location-Based Games
This session presents a variety of approaches for teaching history with location-based games and stories using ARIS. Explore how students can design and create interactive experiences for mobile devices that connect local histories to current issues. See how classes can research digital archives and family records to create geographic journeys, memorial walks through historical sites, and collaborations with schools in other countries. Strategies for creating companion activities that focus on historical thinking concepts will also be presented.

Speakers
avatar for Craig Brumwell

Craig Brumwell

Masters of Ed Tech Student, University of British Columbia
Craig is a social studies and physical education teacher from Vancouver, Canada where he has recently completed a Masters of Educational Technology at the University of British Columbia. His focus is on situated learning, mobile gaming for education and Constructivist strategies... Read More →


Monday August 14, 2017 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Agriculture

1:30pm

Gear Learning Studios
Panel session with the team formerly known as GLS and LGN has been rebranded as Gear Learning. Now at WCER, the team continues to make contributions to the University of Wisconsin, the world of learning games, and also the local communities.

Speakers

Monday August 14, 2017 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Industry

1:30pm

Personalized Learning Models
Moderators
avatar for Rich Halverson

Rich Halverson

Professor, UW Madison Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and ISN Board Member
Rich is a professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in the UW-Madison School of Education. He co-directs the Wisconsin Collaborative Education Research Center and the Comprehensive Assessment of Leadership for Learning (CALL) project. He co-founded and co-directed the Games, Learning and Society Research Center, and is a Fellow at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. He is co-author (with Allan Collins) of Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology: The Digital Revolution and Schooling in America and many other scholarly articles... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Julie Kallio

Julie Kallio

Graduate Student, UW-Madison
Julie Kallio is a doctoral student in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She is also the research director for the Personalization in Practice – Networked Improvement Community, a IES grant-funded position to bring together te... Read More →
avatar for Steven Netcoh

Steven Netcoh

Postdoctoral Associate, The University of Vermont
Steven Netcoh is a Postdoctoral Associate with the Center for Teaching and Learning at The University of Vermont and is primarily responsible for supporting faculty members across the university with research projects that assess the effectiveness of instructional innovations i... Read More →


Monday August 14, 2017 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Fifth Quarter

1:30pm

Virtual Reality and Educational Gaming
VR is just making its way into consumer's hands and minds- what are the obstacles and opportunities for using VR in serious games and educational spaces?

Speakers
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Sabrina Culyba

Principal Designer, Schell Games
Talk to me about transformational/educational games, game design, or the game development process.


Monday August 14, 2017 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Landmark

1:30pm

Making 101
Join makers and tinkerers in the Varsity Hall for this introductory session on making.

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Berland

Matthew Berland

University of Wisconsin–Madison


Monday August 14, 2017 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Varsity Hall 2

1:30pm

Making Hackathons
Speakers
avatar for Caroline Hardin

Caroline Hardin

Conference Co-Chair, Games+Learning+Society
PhD student of Computer Science Education


Monday August 14, 2017 1:30pm - 3:20pm
Varsity Hall 1

1:30pm

Game and Gear Demos
Speakers
avatar for Matthew Berland

Matthew Berland

University of Wisconsin–Madison


Monday August 14, 2017 1:30pm - 3:20pm
Varsity Hall 1

2:30pm

21st Century Exhibitry: Incorporating Interactive Technology into STEM Museums
This session explores a series of design considerations that interactive technology designers should take into account when incorporating tech into different types of STEM museums (like science centers, natural history museums, zoos, and aquaria). It's grounded in the sociocultural histories of these spaces and how those histories shape visitor needs and expectations and thus the design space for technology. Several different digital game form-factors would be reflectively discussed (e.g., mobile location-spanning games, participatory simulations, tabletop games), with real-life examples highlighting what did and didn't work about the designs given where they were deployed.

Speakers

Monday August 14, 2017 2:30pm - 3:20pm
Industry

2:30pm

Gaming In Schools: A How To Guide
The eternal question: What works with games in schools? What are the barriers today, and how might they be solved?


Monday August 14, 2017 2:30pm - 3:20pm
Landmark

2:30pm

Interactive Media and Young Children
In this session, Dr. Heather Kirkorian will lead a discussion about interactive media and learning during the first five years of life. Dr. Kirkorian will share findings from her own empirical research on the extent to which infants and young children learn from interactive media (e.g., digital games, eBooks). Session participants will be encouraged to ask questions, share their own experiences, identify critical needs for future research, and brainstorm ways to bridge research and practice.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Kirkorian

Heather Kirkorian

Associate Professor, UW-Madison
Dr. Heather Kirkorian is an Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received her Ph.D. (2007) in Developmental Psychology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst where she also completed three years of postdocto... Read More →


Monday August 14, 2017 2:30pm - 3:20pm
Northwoods A

2:30pm

Personalization in Practice
The UW-Madison Personalized Learning Research team documents how educators are transforming schools by putting learners at the center of schooling. Researchers will share insights on enhancing student agency, how teachers facilitate learning, the role technologies play, and how personalized learning is led across schools and districts.

Speakers
avatar for Al Barnicle

Al Barnicle

Madison, WI, United States, University of Wisconsin - Madison
I'm an education researcher, Ph.D Candidate, and former teacher currently focusing on student-centered school design and leadership with an emphasis on students' involvement in the data-driven instructional decision-making process. I also direct the Personalization in Practice Re... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Hackett

Sarah Hackett

Madison, WI, United States, UW Madison
Sarah serves as a Network Fellows coordinator for the Wisconsin Collaborative Education Research Network (NetworkEd) (wcernetwork.org). She is also a full-time doctoral student at UW- Madison in Curriculum & Instruction - Digital Media. Previously, Sarah was a team member at the... Read More →
avatar for Rich Halverson

Rich Halverson

Professor, UW Madison Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and ISN Board Member
Rich is a professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in the UW-Madison School of Education. He co-directs the Wisconsin Collaborative Education Research Center and the Comprehensive Assessment of Leadership for Learning (CALL) project. He co-founded and co-directed the Games, Learning and Society Research Center, and is a Fellow at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. He is co-author (with Allan Collins) of Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology: The Digital Revolution and Schooling in America and many other scholarly articles... Read More →
avatar for Julie Kallio

Julie Kallio

Graduate Student, UW-Madison
Julie Kallio is a doctoral student in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She is also the research director for the Personalization in Practice – Networked Improvement Community, a IES grant-funded position to bring together te... Read More →
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Tanu Rawat

Madison, WI, United States, University of Wisconsin - Madison
avatar for Arlene Strikwerda

Arlene Strikwerda

Researcher - Dissertator, University of WI - Madison
Arlene is an educational researcher studying at the University of Wisconsin – Madison for her doctorate. She has taught elementary school in Madison WI and has worked as a reading and ELL teacher. Currently, she works with Richard Halverson on a team that is documenting personali... Read More →


Monday August 14, 2017 2:30pm - 3:20pm
Fifth Quarter

2:30pm

Google Making Spaces with MMSD
In this session members of the Google making spaces teams from Madison Public Libraries and Digital Youth Network in Chicago will share the development of their maker programs in schools. Lead institutions will share their organizational practices and teachers will share the development of their maker programs. The two groups will look comparatively at their approaches.

Speakers
avatar for Erica Halverson

Erica Halverson

Professor of Educational Psychology / Curriculum and Instruction, UW Madison
Erica Halverson is a Professor of Curriculum & Instruction at UW-Madison where she studies how people learn in and through the arts. Erica has worked in a range of arts media including theatre, film, radio, digital art, and most recently, in the emerging Maker Movement. In 2016, Erica co-edited the two volume Makeology (Routledge, 2016), the first volumes dedicated to empirical research on making and makerspaces in education. Erica is the co-founder of Whoopensocker, a Madison-based arts education collaborative between Theatre Lila and the UW-Madison School of Education that conducts creative arts residencies in elementary schools. Whoop it up... Read More →
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Rebecca Millerjohn

Madison Public Library
avatar for Julia Petraglia

Julia Petraglia

Making Spaces Program Manager, Maker Ed


Monday August 14, 2017 2:30pm - 3:20pm
Varsity Hall 2

2:30pm

Learning Through Making Games with ARIS
In this session, educators, designers, and researchers will share stories and approaches for facilitating, implementing, and assessing youth game design for learning with the ARIS platform. Beth Stofflet will outline the pragmatics of classroom facilitation using as an example her middle school social science lesson in which students make games as an alternative to writing papers. Jim Mathews will discuss a range of implementations to illustrate design tradeoffs and considerations across learning contexts including in after school and place-based settings. Breanne Litts will describe strategies for capturing and assessing student learning, especially computational thinking skills, in ARIS game design activities.

Speakers
avatar for Breanne Litts

Breanne Litts

Assistant Professor, Utah State University
avatar for Jim Mathews

Jim Mathews

Field Day Lab, UW Madison
Jim Mathews is a teacher, researcher, and designer, exploring the intersection of place, design, and civic engagement. Through his work with the Field Day Lab and Clark Street Community School, he designs and researches digital media and learning experiences aimed at connecting y... Read More →
avatar for Beth Stofflet

Beth Stofflet

DeForest Area School District
Social Studies Teacher


Monday August 14, 2017 2:30pm - 3:20pm
Agriculture

3:40pm

Closing Remarks and Q&A
Speakers
avatar for Mike Beall

Mike Beall

Director, Gear Learning
Mike Beall is the Director of Gear Learning at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. He is a lifelong game enthusiast with a professional history as a game designer, producer, and artist working with the Learning Games Network and Games Learning Society at the University o... Read More →
avatar for David Gagnon

David Gagnon

Director, Field Day Lab, University of Wisconsin - Madison
I have a sweet spot for directing small design teams to approach big challenges. I like thinking and making real world products that are inspired by all the cool stuff kids like these days. I love seeing other people find themselves by making something new. I also am a bit of a b... Read More →
avatar for Erica Halverson

Erica Halverson

Professor of Educational Psychology / Curriculum and Instruction, UW Madison
Erica Halverson is a Professor of Curriculum & Instruction at UW-Madison where she studies how people learn in and through the arts. Erica has worked in a range of arts media including theatre, film, radio, digital art, and most recently, in the emerging Maker Movement. In 2016, Erica co-edited the two volume Makeology (Routledge, 2016), the first volumes dedicated to empirical research on making and makerspaces in education. Erica is the co-founder of Whoopensocker, a Madison-based arts education collaborative between Theatre Lila and the UW-Madison School of Education that conducts creative arts residencies in elementary schools. Whoop it up... Read More →
avatar for Rich Halverson

Rich Halverson

Professor, UW Madison Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and ISN Board Member
Rich is a professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in the UW-Madison School of Education. He co-directs the Wisconsin Collaborative Education Research Center and the Comprehensive Assessment of Leadership for Learning (CALL) project. He co-founded and co-directed the Games, Learning and Society Research Center, and is a Fellow at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. He is co-author (with Allan Collins) of Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology: The Digital Revolution and Schooling in America and many other scholarly articles... Read More →


Monday August 14, 2017 3:40pm - 4:30pm
Marquee Theater