Conference to explore game-based learning

Game-based learning

Looking for ways to incorporate more games and fun into your homeschool? If so, MidAmerica Nazarene University has just the workshop for you!

On July 31, the university’s Center for Games and Learning is offering an all-day $11 conference (lunch and snacks included) to equip educators, including homeschool parents, for the work of game-based learning.

The conference will be at MNU’s Bell Cultural Events Center. Breakout sessions include:

  • Adapting Games for Classroom Use
  • Incorporating Games into the Classroom
  • Incorporating Games into the Library
  • Adapting Games for Youth or Children’s Work

Some of the conference speakers will be Glenn Wiebe, from the Educational Services & Staff Development Association of Central Kansas (ESSDACK), and Matt Saunders, who designed the board games “Mow ‘Em Down” and “Mow Money.”

In case you’re wondering what the Center for Games and Learning is about, it sponsors game design and game research for use in educational settings.

Professors use these tabletop games to teach subjects from composition and economics to science and theology. How cool is that? 😉

(You can also browse a list of the game titles available at the center.)

The center is also investing a substantial portion of a $20,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services in preschool learning games, which homeschoolers can check out from its library.

Dr. Mark Hayse and Prof. Lauren Hays from MNU were speakers at our recent homeschool conference in April, explaining more about game-based learning and its applications to homeschoolers at a vendor workshop. You can see one of their guest posts for us here.

For more information, email gamesandlearning@mnu.edu.

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