I just got an email that the MacArthur Foundation is hosting what sounds like a very interesting panel discussion on videogames and learning on February 8 in Chicago. The presentation I’m most interested in is by Sasha Barab of Indiana University who will demo his latest project, Quest Atlantis, "an immersive online world designed to help teach science to junior high school students." Sounds like a pretty cool virtual teaching tool.
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You are invited to a panel discussion about video games and learning, hosted by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Three experts in digital media and education will share their research and views. They are part of MacArthur’s $50 million initiative to explore how new technologies are changing the way kids learn. A reception will follow.
When: February 8, 2007, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Newberry Library, 60 West Walton St. Chicago, Illinois
RSVP: By February 5 to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 312 516 1610 (email preferred)
Nichole Pinkard, Director
of Technology at the University of Chicago’s Center for Urban School
Improvement, will share her experience creating an innovative digital
media after school program.
David Williamson Shaffer, a professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison and author of How Computer Games Help Children Learn, will discuss his latest research on games and learning.
Jonathan Fanton, President of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and Connie Yowell, MacArthur’s Director of Education grantmaking, will introduce the panelists and present an overview of MacArthur’s digital media and learning initiative.