Chicago Toy and Game Fair – Games in Education Forum

Sponsored by Chicago School Supply and Games for Educators
State of Illinois Certified Provider of CPDU Credits
Saturday, November 22, 2008 Program

Teacher Golden Game Awards – sponsored by Games for Educators and Jax Games
Send your nominations for an educator using games in the classroom to mary@gamesforeducators.com. The winning educator will be announced at the Games in Education Forum and will win a box of games for their classroom. Deadline November 17th.

Games in Education Forum – Saturday November 22nd, 1 pm – 6 pm – You are our Guest!As an Approved State of Illinois CPDU Provider, this Forum will provide professional development seminars on how and why to use games in the curriculum. Professional educators, parent educators, administrators, and future educators are all invited to attend. Topics include but are not limited to:

· Why games are good for the brain
· How to evaluate games for their educational potential
· How others are integrating games into their educational programs
· How to differentiate instruction using games
· How games evolve to match developmental levels from early childhood to adulthood
· Practical exercise in evaluating and using games in the curriculum

Presenters include Michael Ockrim of Chicago School Supply, Ben Takemori – Kapla Master Builder, Barbara Olsen of Jax Games, Pat Fuge for Out of the Box Publishing, Renaissance Knights Chess Organization, Graeme Thomson, columnist for Games for Educators and Director HL Games and Patrick Matthews, Publisher of Games for Educators and President of Live Oak Games.

Admission to the Forum and Chicago Toy and Game Fair (info below) is also complimentary (you are our guest and there is a $2 coupon on the website for friends and family), but a reservation is required for the Forum. Please email mary@gamesforeducators.com or call 847-677-8277 with your name and your school to reserve your seat.

Events For Students:

WorldBee on Stage Saturday November 22nd at 2 pm

Young Inventor Challenge – Registration Extended to November 17th
The winning inventor will be featured in Inventor’s Digest, receive a year’s subscription from Inventor’s Digest, a box of games and lunch for her/him and their family with Mike Hirtle, Head of Global Product Acquisition and Inventor Relations at Hasbro, Dave Okada, Vice President, Inventor Relations at Mattel and Chip Voigt, President of Fundex. What inventor wouldn’t want such an opportunity! And they, as well as other industry executives, will be reviewing all toy and game inventions in the Challenge!

Chicago Toy and Game Fair, Chi-TAG
Preview, play and purchase the hottest new toys and games from around the world. Raffles, tournaments, prizes, live entertainment, NASCAR, Star Wars Character Breakfast, Dynamite Girls Fashion Doll Breakfast, Young Inventors’ Challenge (great prizes), the 501st Legion, costumed characters, toy drive and events for all ages.

Visit the Chicago School Supply booth to play with the newest craze – Flubber! We will also have our large sandboxes full of MoonSand available to play in, as well as the popular InstaSnow!!

Navy Pier’s Festival Hall A on Saturday and Sunday, November 22nd and 23rd, 10am-6pm. $10 per adult, $5 per child 13 and under, free for ages 3 and under, educators and Scouts in uniform. $10 off parking coupons available at event. For more information: www.chitag.com or 847-677-8277.

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