2012 Program

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Thursday, August 2 • 10:15am - 12:00pm
DreamLab: 21st Century Learning Isn't Just for Students

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This fall GameDesk is opening the PlayMaker School, a new Los Angeles school dedicated to student-driven learning through play and making. DreamLab is the portion of GameDesk's new PlayMaker school devoted to making sure professional development and curriculum creation capture the same vibrant, playful, and constantly evolving culture of the school. In this workshop, Joe Wise, GameDesk's Associate Director of New School Models and Curriculum, and Tedd Wakeman, a PlayMaker teacher, will demonstrate DreamLab's generated curriculum and processes. During the workshop attendees will be introduced to three modules developed in DreamLab: first, two modules designed to foster conceptual knowledge of physics through experimentative play. Last, Aero, a digital game created by GameDesk and curricularized by DreamLab which transforms the user into an albatross and teaches the forces involved in flight. Workshop participants will be invited to both test the modules and participate in the DreamLab process generating new ideas, modules, and pathways collaboratively with the GameDesk team.

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Tedd Wakeman

6th grade facilitator for GameDesk PlayMaker School at New Roads, GameDesk
Tedd has been working with children in education, recreation, and research for two decades. He worked locally with LAUSD, teaching inner-city youth for thirteen years while concurrently developing STEM curriculum for Nike/Eco Educators. He then traveled to and worked in the Republic... Read More →

Joe Wise

Associate Director of New School Models and Curriculum, GameDesk
Joe Wise is an educator and researcher with years of experience. He has extensive experience both in the classroom and in curriculum development. He has been the director of the Center for Effective Learning at New roads school for the past 11 years, and he is currently the... Read More →

Thursday August 2, 2012 10:15am - 12:00pm