Pete Figtree, educator and host of the Ruthless Diastema blogcast
, is organizing a think tank to brainstorm ideas for using games to educate. Here's the idea, in Pete's own words:
So, I have a few big dreams for gaming (especially indie, but not exclusively) and education. These dreams are a large part of what gets me up in the morning. They may actually work in this order, but who knows.
1) Convention panels about how REAL games (not lame educational games) can be used for learning and in educational settings.
2) Professional Development Courses about how to use REAL (not lame educational games) in education.
3) A TeacherCon gaming convention both for gamer teachers and non-gamer teachers. All of the above can be showcased there along with great networking and fellowship.
But, we must dream and there is no way I can make this happen alone. I am especially terrible at planning and scheduling. I have never done a panel or lead serious prof. dev. before. But I WILL!
I think the first step is gathering interested forces.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP DREAM ABOUT THESE GOALS, PLEASE POST HERE TO BE ADDED TO MY "GAMES AND LEARNING DREAM TANK" CIRCLE. WE NEED TEACHERS, GAME DESIGNERS, AND ANYONE ELSE WHO FEELS THAT THIS IS A WORTHWHILE VENTURE AND WOULD LIKE TO HELP IN SOME WAY FITTING FOR HIM OR HER. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY NOT A CALL FOR DONATIONS OF ANY SORT. THIS IS A THINK TANK...A DREAMING TANK...A PASSION FORCE.
The context for these dream need not be confined to public school. This is about how our beloved hobby fosters learning, real learning.
You know how human nature is. If you join, others will join as well.
You can find his Google+ account here
- If using games to teach is a subject that interests you, please consider joining his Games and Learning Dream Tank circle.