2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

Gaming in Education, Education in Gaming

Sunday, March 15
5:00PM - 6:00PM

Hyatt Regency Austin
Zilker Ballroom 4
208 Barton Springs Rd

Since most of today’s students already play video games, gaming is increasingly being used as a point of entry for learning new and complex skills. In addition to developing knowledge and skills in traditional subjects such as reading and math — as well as new skills like coding, engineering, and design — using and creating games can develop soft skills such as collaboration, creative problem-solving, experimentation, patience, persistence, discipline and learning from failure. Games increase student engagement, strengthen critical thinking, and encourage deep inquiry. Games and game design allow students to be more than just players, it allows them to apply skills, be critical evaluators of games, and creators of content. Join this panel of experts to explore how games are being played and designed for learning in traditional and nontraditional educational settings.


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Gary Hoover


Bigwig Games

Gary Hoover, Bigwig Games Director, Founder, Chairman, CEO, and President began his entrepreneurial journey at a young age. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago and resides i...

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Idit Harel

CEO & Founder


Dr. Idit Harel is CEO and founder at Globaloria, a learning network that teaches fifth to 12th graders computer programming and educational game making. An Israeli-American entrepreneur known for h...

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Lonny Stern

Sr Dir Business Dev

Skillpoint Alliance

Lonny specializes in Project and Staff Management; Public and Government Relations; Informal STEM Education; Urban Economic Development; Grant Writing/Development; and Public speaking. At Skillpoin...

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Robert Bell

Dir of Games & Simulations



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