2012 Program

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Wednesday, August 1 • 1:15pm - 3:30pm
Teaching with Portals

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A few years ago, Valve software created a video-game called "Portal" a puzzle-based game that enabled users the ability to shoot holes called portals which which allowed the players to move and travel in a unique way. Upon the introduction of their second game, "Portal 2" the company decided that it would great if they had a level-building software for the game that anyone could use, but that perhaps would also have educational applications. In this workshop, we will explore the level-building software known as "The Puzzle Maker" and its applications for the classroom. No previous experience with the video game is necessary (although you'll probably want to play it after the workshop!) but please come ready to build levels, experiment, brainstorm and design some lessons!

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Lisa Castaneda

Math Specialist, 5th-8th, The Evergreen School
Lisa has been teaching for nine years and during that time has taught all of the grades from kindergarten through 8th grade. Currently, she is a math specialist in the Upper Division at The Evergreen School in Shoreline, WA. She has a Masters degree in Education and has done research... Read More →


Wednesday August 1, 2012 1:15pm - 3:30pm

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