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GDC and Meaningful Student Engagement

In each episode of the Inside Our MIND podcast, we take a look at issues and challenges facing education that we are working to address through research, technology and strategic initiatives.

In our latest episode, Brian welcomes Director of ST Math Content Ki Karou to the show for a discussion on game design, student engagement and more. Ki shares some of his experience from this year’s Game Developers Conference, and the unique and often challenging place that educational games hold in the industry. He and Brian then talk about some of the ways educators and administrators can ascertain whether an educational product is offering a true game-based learning experience, as opposed to a superficial layer of gamification.

You can listen to the episode in the player below:

Topics Covered in the Podcast:

0:45 - Intro
3:00 - Game Developers Conference and what sets it apart
5:15 - Educational games' place in the industry
7:30 - Gamification vs. meaningful engagement
13:45 - Putting on learning goggles
15:30 - What thinking does the student have to do?
19:00 - Lessons from Game Developers Conference
21:30 - Scaffolding paths for students

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Brian LeTendre orchestrates content development at MIND Research Institute. He is an author, podcaster and avid gamer.

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