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Innovation Conversations: Teaching Through Games

When: 12/9/15
1:00 PM until 2:00 PM
Where: Online
Presenter: Brian Mayer
Contact: Racheal
513-751-4422 x10

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Innovation Conversations: Teaching Through Games

with Brian Mayer

Wednesday, December 9th, from 1:00-2:00 PM

Competency: Young Adult Services


    30 minutes - What did Brian Mayer do?

    15 minutes - Q&A led by SWON interviewer: Melanie

    15 minutes - Live Q&A featuring your questions

Description: A broader part of my job and what I do is to collaborate with classroom teachers and school librarians to support curriculum and use games as instructional tools in classroom units. I help modify or integrate the games, making them successful tools for classroom instruction both with a number of groups, both specialized and more general. I also use game design with classes as an alternative way for students to demonstrate content understanding and mastery. Here, students design games that reflect curricular concepts and skills whether through theme, mechanisms or the design process itself. A great example of this would be working with a math class to design games. Not math games, but games of interest. During the process they demonstrate HOW they applied math to the process of the game design, providing great opportunities for the practical application of content and skills.

Brian's Bio: I am a Gaming and Library Technology Specialist for Genesee Valley Educational Partnership, an educational services agency that supports the libraries of 22 rural districts in western New York. I was named a 2015 Library Journal Mover and Shaker. I am the co-author of Libraries Got Game (ALA, 2009) and several books in the Teaching through Games Series (Rosen, 2015). I am also the designer of the award winning board game Freedom: The Underground Railroad (Academy Games, 2013).


Supporting Member Libraries: Free!

Geographic Libraries: $25.00

Out-of-State Libraries: $50.00

About the Innovation Conversations: Innovation Conversations give you the chance to hear from and speak with library leaders from all library types and from all over the English speaking library world. Each month you can interact with an award-winning or recognized leader in our field. 

The first part of the online meeting will feature a short presentation on the topic that brought this library leader to our attention. The second part is a live interview, covering questions you’ve sent to us in advance and some we’ve thought of. The third part will field your questions, a live Q&A, in the webinar. Ask about the challenges, the key details, and whatever else you would like to learn. 

Together, we'll learn more about successful projects and the people behind them than a brief magazine article might include. We're going beyond the blog post, bringing you the chance to ask the questions you want answered to evaluate, adapt, or implement new ideas for your library. Join us for SWON's new Innovation Conversations!

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