Chicago Games in Education Forum – State of Illinois Certified Provider of CPDU Credits

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 The winning educator will be announced at the Games in Education Forum and will win a box of games for their classroom. Deadline November 21st.

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


1:00 Michael Ockrim, Chicago School Supply, welcome and opening remarks

1:30 Games and Teachers – Ways to Use Games in the Classroom
Presented by Patrick Matthews, Publisher, and Live Oak Games

2:00 Presentation of Golden Game Award sponsored by JAX Games
Games that help meet your curriculum goals
Presented by Barb Olson of JAX games

2:30 The Benefits of Block Play in K-12 Classrooms
Presented by Ben Takemori, Kapla Master Builder

3:00 Out of the Box – Games how to use games effectively in the classroom.
Presented by Pat Fuge of Gnome Games for Out of the Box Publishing

3:30 The Benefits of Chess on Academic Performance and Creative Thinking.
Presented by Jorge Barrera, the Renaissance Knights Chess Foundation

4:00 Feed Your Head. How the human brain actually develops from pre-natal to middle-age and beyond and the way in which board games stimulate neurological growth.
Presented by Graeme Thomson, Director, HL Games USA Ltd.

4:30 Peanut Butter and Jelly: Math in the Games
Presented by Kay Emerson, President & Founder of Zillio

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