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Picture : Some programming humor

Well had a very nice, and interesting last few days.

Attended the Playful Learning Summit at UW Whitewater, which was fun! Interesting to see a different side of Gaming i had never considered before. With the way technology is growing, the younger generation had become attached to media. So with growth and dependency in technology, there also needs to be a growth in new educational media. GLS is a company out of Madison who does research with kids and educational video games. How do video games help kids learn is really the big question. Things like Kodu, Mine-craft, and others, allow the kids to become familiar with Math and science, but also programming as well. Wish i had Kodu when i was younger! We went trough a few lectures and workshops at the summit. I also got to meet with team members from Filament Games, which is one of my student organizations Industry Partners, who also makes educational video games.

Constance Steinkuehler, former Senior Policy Analyst in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, was one of the guest speakers as well as Dr. Sean Dikkers, James Paul Gee, and Kurt Squire just to name a few.

Above all, not what i had expected, but i am sure glad i went as i saw a side of Gaming i never stopped to think about. There is lot’s of money and funding in educational gaming, as well as the benefit of helping kids learn.

Now got to get going on some more school work, and catch up on sleep!

Meetings, Schoolwork, Packer game, The Walking Dead. Tomorrow is another busy busy day!

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