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Student-Led Game Making and Learning

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

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Presented by Cheri Sterman, Crayola Education Director; Jordan Shapiro, Ph.D., Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, Senior Fellow & Temple University Intellectual Heritage Program Professor; Kristen Walter, Crayola Innovative Teaching and Learning Specialist
Sponsored by Crayola


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Explore how teachers can use student-led game-making to enrich learning. The panelists reviewed the protocols of game-making, types of student-made games that are well suited for schools, what makes games engaging, and how various cross-curricular content areas come alive in games. Jordan Shapiro, renowned expert in game-making as a teaching and learning strategy, provided the rationale of “why to” and inspiration for “how to” use games in classrooms. Kristen Walter shared insights on using the Design Thinking process with students as they create a variety of games and teach others how to play—deeply embedding what they learn about their state and economy.

Cheri Sterman moderated the panel and provide child development insights on how students’ collaboration in the design, prototyping, testing, and teaching others how to play their games fits what we know as good pedagogy.

Be inspired to: create-present-respond- and connect game-making to curriculum in innovative ways that boost engagement and deepen learning.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explore the protocols involved in making engaging games
  • Consider key types of games that enrich learning
  • Envision what curriculum areas could be taught via student-created games.

Crayola Webinar Giveaway: Fifty members of the Champion Creativity community who share student-teams’ handcrafted games with accompanying rules/insights in the Discussion Forum will receive a Classpack of Crayola Model Magic—a great material for students to create game pieces, tokens, and props for the next game they build.

While we’d love to see and read submissions wherever you live, shipping this gift is only applicable for members in the U.S. and Canada.

cheri sterman crayolaCheri Sterman, Education Director, Crayola
Cheri Sterman is an experienced children’s advocate who helps educators articulate key messages to policy decision makers. During Cheri’s career, she has provided insights to the following organizations: National Governor’s Association, US Senate Education Committee, US White House Committee for Children and Youth, and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. As a former member of Governor Celeste’s Children’s Services team, Cheri set state policy and administered public funds. Cheri has presented workshops on how to convey concise education advocacy messages to members of the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the National Association for Education of Young Children, and the National Art Education Association.

Jordan ShapiroJordan Shapiro, Ph.D., Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, Senior Fellow & Temple University Intellectual Heritage Program Professor
Jordan Shapiro is a world-renowned thought leader on global policy and education. He conducts research on digital technology and playful education. His Forbes column on learning through digital play has been read by over 4 million people around the world. Educators and world leaders are among his 100,000+ Twitter followers (@jordosh). Shapiro is an insightful, refreshing speaker who advises the United States Air Force, World Economic Forum, and international education leaders on developing 21st century agile, creative, critical thinkers. He has developed Temple University’s core curriculum in technological literacy. Shapiro shares his passion for playful learning with his nine- and eleven-year-old sons.

Kristen WalterKristen Walter, Crayola Innovative Teaching and Learning Specialist
Kristen Walter works closely with educators throughout the country leading Arts Integration professional development. This summer she taught a game-making seminar at the National Design Thinking conference in Cleveland, where she actively engaged teachers in making games as learning resources. When Kristen taught elementary students in North Carolina they created a series of “Economics in Action” games that they showcased at the White House Art Fair.



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Wednesday, October 19, 2016
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
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