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Wednesday, June 19 • 11:45am - 12:15pm
The Institute of Play: Takeaways from a Decade in the Trenches

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When Institute of Play opened its doors in January of 2007 it did so with a mission to change the way young people experienced learning and to help activate the next generation of engaged citizens. Created by a group of game designers, the Institute brought together game design, rigorous research practices and strong interdisciplinary partnerships to create, study and promote game-based materials, strategies and systems as critical tools for personal and social development. From developing a model for game-like learning deployed in the design of the New York City public school Quest to Learn, to an innovative game-based teacher development program, to the creation of evidence-based design resources of all types to support others in using games and play in transformative play, the Institute has been seen as a global leader in games and learning. This session brings together four of the founding members of the Institute in conversation about the most salient lessons learned from 10 years in the trenches.

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Eric Zimmerman

Game Designer & Professor, NYU
Eric Zimmerman has been working as a game designer for more than 25 years. He was a co-founder with Peter Lee of the award-winning game studio Gamelab. In recent years, Eric has created game installations with architect Nathalie Pozzi for museums including the Museum of Modern Art... Read More →

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Katie Salen

Professor, UC Irvine
Katie Salen is a Professor in the Department of Informatics at the University of California at Irvine, a member of the Connected Learning Lab, and Chief Designer and co-founder of Connected Camps. Her work focuses on meeting kids where they are at in order to design engaging, play-based... Read More →
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Rebecca Rufo-Tepper

Director of Learning, Level Education at Northeastern University
Rebecca is the Director of Learning at Level Education at Northeastern University, when she ensures all programs leverage NU's expertise in experiential learning. Previously, she was the Co-Executive Director at the Institute of Play, an educational non-profit whose work is rooted... Read More →
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Arana Shapiro

Former Executive Director, Institute of Play
Arana began her career as an early elementary classroom teacher in California. Upon moving to NYC, Arana became a founding faculty member at The School at Columbia University where she transitioned to work as an educational technologist, teacher mentor and curriculum developer. Arana... Read More →

Wednesday June 19, 2019 11:45am - 12:15pm EDT
Mainstage - Tishman Auditorium