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We all know that we have some remarkable examples of how students and teachers are leveraging the power of technology to empower and develop deep-sustained learning but how do we get these sparks of innovation to spread throughout our entire district to create and cultivate a new learning culture? This year’s TechFest is all about fanning the flame. We are coming together to be challenged, collaborate and share our visions and practices for moving forward in the digital learning frontier.

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Thursday, May 30 • 10:45am - 11:15am
Gamifying Like it's Sunday Night: Goodbye, Faith. Hello, Carrie!

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Get Ready to get your Game on! Joining us from halfway around the world, Rory will show us how to transform our lessons to use the principles of game design to supercharge learning.  We are also thrilled to have Michael Matera beaming in from Wisconsin to share his field experiences as well. Togehter, they will show us some examples of how gamification enables students to knock the 4 C’s (creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication) right out of the park and point us in the right direction for making our own games.

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Speakers
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Michael Matera

Teacher, Explore Like a Pirate
Michael Matera has taught for more than a decade using interactive play, passion and purpose-driven learning to transform the classroom in international, public and private schools. He is a pioneer in the field of education, using gamification and technology to increase authentic... Read More →
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Rory Newcomb

Tech Integration Coach, American School of Bombay
I am originally from Texas, but I have been an international science educator for the past 13 years. I am currently teaching IB Biology and Integrated Science at the American School of Bombay where I am also a member of the Research and Development team and the Gamification task... Read More →


Thursday May 30, 2013 10:45am - 11:15am
Viking Room

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