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.
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...Show the rest
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 in Austin, Texas. He spent 9 years as a retail analyst and executive at Citibank (NY), Federated Department Stores (Dallas), and the May Department Stores Company (St. Louis). He has founded 4 companies prior to Bigwig Games, including the Reference Press, which was later renamed Hoover’s, Inc, and which today Management believes to be one of the most important purveyors of company and industry information on the Internet. Gary also founded book superstore chain BOOKSTOP, Inc., in 1982.Today, Gary Hoover travels the world speaking to Fortune 500 executives, trade associations, entrepreneurs, and college and high school students about how enterprises are built and how they stand the test of time.Hide the rest
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...Show the rest
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 her edu-tech innovations, she has pioneered the use of new-media technology for cultivating creative learning, innovation, and globalization through constructionist learning theory since the 1980s. She is a published author and speaker worldwide, and has been serving on advisory boards and committees at the MIT Media Lab, Harvard Graduate School of Education, CUNY Macaulay Honors College, Colorado University’s ATLAS Institute, PBSKids Next Generation Media, MEET in Israel, TIG in Canada, ECNU, and Saybot in Shanghai. Idit is a former competitive gymnast on Israel’s national modern gymnastic team, professional dancer, proud mother of three, and holds degrees from Tel Aviv University, Harvard University, and MIT Media Lab.Hide the rest
Sr Dir Business Dev
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...Show the rest
Lonny specializes in Project and Staff Management; Public and Government Relations; Informal STEM Education; Urban Economic Development; Grant Writing/Development; and Public speaking. At Skillpoint Alliance, he is responsible for leading the STEM Council, which connects industry & education for workforce development in Central Texas. The STEM Council works with CEOs and Superintendents to build the high-tech workforce pipeline, focusing on project-based learning programs that inspire students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers. The STEM Council also promotes volunteer and mentoring opportunities for high-tech sector professionals across the region.
Prior to joining Skillpoint Alliance, Lonny served as the Outreach Director at the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) and Communications & Outreach Director for Hope Street Group, both nonpartisan policy organizations. He also worked as a Research Analyst for the Texas House Research OrganizationHide the rest