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Tuesday, June 11 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm
PLS Workshop PM4: Learn with Portals: STEM Education Through Gaming FULL

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Portal 2, an award winning video game by Valve Software, has entered the classroom as a popular teaching tool for mathematics, science and game design curricula.  Workshop facilitators and classroom teachers Steve Isaacs and Cameron Pittman have engaged and motivated students with Portal 2 and its accompanying Puzzle Maker world-building tool to teach computational thinking, iterative design processes, and physics.  Co-facilitator Leslie Redd has enabled classroom teachers to utilize Portal 2 for free with their students, and provides an infrastructure for teachers to collaborate in creating meaningful lessons using various games.  In this workshop participants will experience the mechanics and flexibility of Portal 2 and Puzzle Maker, consider lesson plans related to Portal 2, and gain insight about building symbiotic relationships between video game developers and educators.  Recognizing that not all participants will be familiar with video games, participants will be split into two groups: beginning and advanced users.  The beginning user group will focus on understanding game play basics while the advanced users group will focus on Puzzle Maker techniques and applications. At the end of the workshop, participants will gather in content area teams to brainstorm content specific Portal 2 lesson plans, which they will then share with everyone.  Participants are requested to bring a computer and pre-install software before the workshop.  The educational build of Portal 2 and the Puzzle Maker are currently free tools available to educators upon applying at www.teachwithportals.com.

Location:  Inn Wisconsin West  

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Steve Isaacs

Teacher, Bernards Township Board of Education
Steve has been a gamer since the days of Atari and his Apple II+. His parents were initially concerned with how consumed he was with technology. Now they chuckle as he has created a career around his passion. Steve has been teaching Video Game Design and Development for 15 years... Read More →

Tuesday June 11, 2013 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Inn Wisconsin

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