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SXSW 2017

Beyond Turtles: Using Games to Teach Real Code

It’s 2017! Your students need to learn computer science. How do you teach them in a way that gets them excited about coding? How do you reach geeks and non-geeks, girls and boys, computer experts and total novices? How do you do this without a CS degree, comprehensive curriculum resources and standards, and a magic wand of learnination?

A diverse panel of learning experts will dive into how game-based learning can create growth mindsets and overwhelming coding obsessions in every student. We’ll discuss what to look for in learning games, common pitfalls in teaching CS and bringing games into the classroom, and how to be the content expert without having studied CS before.

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  1. Understand what game-based learning is, what it’s good for, and how to use it in the classroom
  2. Learn the do’s and don’ts of game-based learning when it comes to computer science education
  3. Find new learning game resources you can introduce to your classroom right now



Jonathan Schor, CEO, CodeMonkey Studios

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