1. A Summer Institute Creates a New Community of Practice in Allegheny County

    Through the TeacherQuest program, Allegheny County teachers are working with Institute of Play to build a learning community dedicated to collaboration and iteration across sites, putting games and game-making at the center of a new movement in district-wide innovation.

    In this video from the TeacherQuest Summer Institute, we interviewed Institute of Play designers and facilitators as well as middle school teachers participating in the pilot program.

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  2. Play-based Professional Learning Connects Classroom Teachers with Community Educators

    TASC’s STEM Educators Academy in New York City prepares formal and informal educators to collaboratively design and deliver aligned curriculum that is engaging, rigorous and inquiry-based.

    In this video, we interviewed program leaders from TASC, as well as partners from Institute of Play and New York Hall of Science whose unique approaches are shaping the way teachers and community-based educators collaborate across sites.

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  3. Teachers Hone Their Practice in a Low-stakes, Feedback-rich Virtual Classroom

    TeachLivE is an innovative teacher PD program that utilizes a playful, game-like environment to support pre-service and in-service teachers (especially those working in special education environments) in improving the way in which they build lessons and their in-class techniques. This virtual lab was developed through a unique partnership between education and computer science professors at the University of Central Florida.

    In this video we interviewed the folks behind TeachLivE as well as leaders from the Kennedy Krieger Institute where TeachLivE is being implemented with in-service Teachers.

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  4. A Start-up School Explores the Role of Games in School Design and Educational Innovation

    At the Incubator School, a new school in the LA Unified School District, teachers experience a series of collaborative, game-based learning modules that prepare them to empathize with their peers and students, and to build enduring instructional tools and approaches, based on the power of imaginative play.

    In this video, we interviewed the founder, Sujata Bhatt, along with the school’s teachers as we follow them through week 1 of the Incubator School’s Summer Institute PD Program.

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  5. A Game-based Approach to Teacher Education Builds Essential Skills

    The Quest2Teach program is a collaboration between Arizona State University’s Center for Games & Impact and the Sanford Inspire Program at the Mary Fulton Teachers College that uses research-based game environments to help teachers modernize and improve their pedagogical and content knowledge by simulating their future teaching practice.

    In this video we interviewed researchers, game developers, teacher educators, and undergraduate students about their experiences with an innovative teacher education program and followed the implementation of a new literacy game.

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Teaching with Games

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Data from the 2012 Joan Ganz Cooney Center national teacher survey showed that few teachers are exposed to games-based learning in their pre-service training, and that teachers usually provide their own ongoing professional learning on games and learning.…


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Data from the 2012 Joan Ganz Cooney Center national teacher survey showed that few teachers are exposed to games-based learning in their pre-service training, and that teachers usually provide their own ongoing professional learning on games and learning. Thus, as a follow-up on the 2012 series of video case studies on teachers using digital games in the classroom, this series looks at how teachers can be exposed to games through various forms of PD. From a game-based approach to teacher education at ASU to play-based professional learning for informal learning environments at TASC, this series takes the viewer on a journey of innovative and novel approaches to teacher PD.

The series is a project of the Games and Learning Publishing Council and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The series is produced by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and the Institute of Play.

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