SXSWedu 2017

Think Preparing Teachers Is a Game? It Can Be

To successfully prepare teachers for the classrooms of tomorrow, teacher education programs must ensure all prospective educators possess both the knowledge and the skills to apply that knowledge in real classroom settings. The secret to achieving this? Teacher education efforts focused on gaming. By engaging teacher candidates in role plays, VRs, and other scenarios, we can create a next generation of teachers prepared to lead classrooms focused on the personalized learning and cognitive science that will soon dominate K-12 education.
This panel will explore some of the gaming approaches pursued by MIT, as well as a new open-source approach to transform teacher education nationally.

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  1. Explore how gaming enhances traditional academic and clinical preparation for aspiring teachers
  2. Learn how gaming in teacher ed helps prepare educators to lead student-focused personalized learning K-12 classrooms
  3. Understand how cutting edge efforts are bringing new approaches to gaming to teacher preparation programs across the country



Patrick Riccards, Chief Communications & Strategy Officer, Woodrow Wilson Foundation

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