TeacherQuest Talks (Part 1): Learning Happens By Doing

February 24, 2015
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm PST
By Educator Innovator

In “Learning Happens By Doing,” teachers discuss how playing, modding, and designing games with each other is helping them build active, student-centered classrooms to foster deeper learning and engagement.

Through a new professional development program focused on games and game design, teachers from Allegheny County in Pennsylvania have found a way to go beyond mastery of core subjects and integrate 21st century skills in their classroom practice. In this series of webinars from Institute of Play’s TeacherQuest program, educators will share how they learned to design games and what that experience taught them about student learning and their own learning. With examples from PD to the classroom, these webinars will explore how game design can change the way we teach, learn, and assess the skills that are critical for success in today’s world.

Guests for this webinar included:

  • Faith Foster, Teacher, Highlands Middle School
  • Paul Oh, Senior Program Associate, National Writing Project
  • Rebecca Rufo-Tepper, Director of Integrated Learning, Institute of Play
  • Liza Stark, Game Designer, Institute of Play; Adjunct Faculty, Parsons The New School for Design

Resources from the webinar:

Archive of live chat:

[Feb 24 2015, 11:46 PM] edinnovator: Welcome everyone!
[Feb 24 2015, 11:49 PM] doughorton: Do you just hit play at 7 or will it start automatically? Never done a webinar through here before
[Feb 24 2015, 11:53 PM] edinnovator: Hello! You will have to press play and once we go live, please refresh at around 7 pm. Thank you for joining us.
[Feb 24 2015, 11:54 PM] doughorton: Thnks
[Feb 25 2015, 12:02 AM] Luke: Hi Everyone: we’re having just a small technical glitch and will begin soon.
[Feb 25 2015, 12:03 AM] doughorton: what’s technology without a glitch right?
[Feb 25 2015, 12:03 AM] edinnovator: We are now live!
[Feb 25 2015, 12:03 AM] Huijing Yang: harhar
[Feb 25 2015, 12:03 AM] Luke: No kidding @doughorton. All about iteration;-)
[Feb 25 2015, 12:04 AM] Luke: You may have to refresh your browser page and then hit the play button for the video to start.
[Feb 25 2015, 12:08 AM] Huijing Yang: Could anybody give an ‘game’ example of integrating common core standards that you have been using?
[Feb 25 2015, 12:09 AM] doughorton: Have not used it yet but just went through a webinar on the Gamification of Moodle (using Moodle as a game and learning tool) besides just passing on lessons
[Feb 25 2015, 12:15 AM] Huijing Yang: apples to apples (character anaylysis) sounds great!
[Feb 25 2015, 12:26 AM] edinnovator: This is the Teacher Quest video that Rebecca mentioned before. https://vimeo.com/103741804
[Feb 25 2015, 12:40 AM] doughorton: Instead of physical games, with the advent of byod, what is your feelings of using games on devices and how would you approach it?
[Feb 25 2015, 12:41 AM] Huijing Yang: I use dreambox after they finish their assignment. But teacher direct instruction is irreplaceable!
[Feb 25 2015, 12:59 AM] edinnovator: Thank you for joining us today. 🙂
[Feb 25 2015, 12:59 AM] Huijing Yang: Can I have the RSS?
[Feb 25 2015, 12:59 AM] doughorton: anywhere we can get proof of webinar for PD?
[Feb 25 2015, 1:00 AM] Huijing Yang: I didnt know that we can have it…
[Feb 25 2015, 1:00 AM] doughorton: Not sure just asking
[Feb 25 2015, 1:00 AM] doughorton: every little bit helps
[Feb 25 2015, 1:00 AM] Huijing Yang: 😀 true
[Feb 25 2015, 1:01 AM] Huijing Yang: when is next time?
[Feb 25 2015, 1:01 AM] Huijing Yang: if you know
[Feb 25 2015, 1:01 AM] Huijing Yang: Mar 19 nvm
[Feb 25 2015, 1:01 AM] doughorton: TeacherQuest Talks (Part 2): Feedback is Immediate and Ongoing
[Feb 25 2015, 1:02 AM] Huijing Yang: thxxx see you next time
[Feb 25 2015, 1:02 AM] doughorton: sounds great thnx about the dreambox
[Feb 25 2015, 1:04 AM] poh: here’s a link to the next one: https://educatorinnovator.org/webinars/teacherquest-talks-part-2-feedback-is-immediate-and-ongoingan-educator-innovator-webinar/
[Feb 25 2015, 1:04 AM] poh: W/re to getting proof of participation, that’s not something we’ve figured out yet
[Feb 25 2015, 1:05 AM] poh: please feel free to email me at:
[Feb 25 2015, 1:05 AM] poh: poh at nwp dot org if you want to discuss the proof-of-participation question further
[Feb 25 2015, 1:05 AM] doughorton: Great thanks. Enjoyed
[Feb 25 2015, 1:45 AM] Luis Guillermo Varela: Thank you cry promoting this type of teaching/learning. I am a elementary teach through play teacher and I am a game designer for that curriculum.

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