Scientix webinar: It’s a Game Changer!

The webinar “It’s a game changer! How to motivate and engage students with game based learning.”took place in the Scientix online meeting room on 13 April 2018 at 17:00 Central European Time. Webinar outline: Calculus is critical to degrees in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), yet it has one of the highest failure rates of any university course, according to the Mathematical Association of America. What’s more, calculus ranked number one on the list of courses most disliked by students, according to College Stats. These alarming trends have educators turning to game-based learning to improve students’ success rates, not to mention their attitudes towards mathematics. Join long-time gaming enthusiast, professor and developer André Thomas and award-winning mathematics teacher Panagiota Argyri to explore ways in which game-based learning can be used to motivate and engage students and push them to go for the epic win, in this case subject mastery. During this webinar, Mr Thomas discusses research in game-based learning and shares tips for utilising games in the classroom. Ms Argyri highlights her experience using Variant: Limits, Triseum’s calculus game, in the STEM Ahead Competition, and European Schoolnet’s Game-Based Validation Study. About the presenters: André Thomas’s passion for game-based learning resonates inside and outside of the classroom. He founded and serves as the director of the LIVE Lab in the Department of Visualization at Texas A&M University, where he also teaches game design, game development and interactive graphics techniques. In 2014, he founded Triseum, where he serves as CEO and leads the creation of its award-winning academic video games. He is an EdTech Leadership award winner, National Academy of Sciences board member, National Arts Education Association lead instructor, and Chillennium Game Jam chair. André also has been invited to speak at numerous education and technology events both in the US and abroad, including SXSW, TEDx, ASU-GSV, BETT and European Schoolnet. His game-based learning insights and ideas are featured in the Huffington Post, Austin Business Journal, eCampus News and Learning Solutions Magazine, to name a few. Previously he was Head of Graphics for EA Sports Football games (including NCAA, Head Coach, NFL Tour and Madden, the longest running and most successful sports franchise in games industry). He also created graphics for such notable films as Men in Black, Con Air, Independence Day, Valiant, Ant Bully and Tomorrow Never Dies. An award-winning mathematics teacher in primary and secondary education, Panagiota Argyri has researched and applied games in her classrooms to inspire students, as well as boost curriculum knowledge and retention. Her commitment to innovation in teaching and learning is exemplified in her work as a tutor for teachers to help them embrace advances in education and as an author of educational and pedagogical materials and scenarios for STEM lessons. She led her students through Europe’s STEM Ahead competition and published numerous science papers both in Greece and across Europe. She is a Triseum Game-Based Learning Teacher of the Year award winner and also participated in the European Schoolnet Game-Based Learning Validation Study. Panagiota holds two Master’s degrees, including a Master of Education in Teaching and Learning Mathematics.

Mary Jo Madda, Creative Strategy Manager, Google: Lunch Keynote at Datapalooza 2017

Mary Jo Madda is currently the Creative Strategy Manager for the Code Next team at Google, where she works to create free computer science education programs for black and Latino/Hispanic students. She recently joined Google after four years at edtech news organization EdSurge, where she was the Director of Audience Development and Senior Editor. At the start of her career, Mary Jo taught middle school math/science with Teach for America’s Houston corps (specifically KIPP Houston) and later with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles at St. Cyril of Jerusalem School, where she also served as an administrator, curriculum coordinator, and decathlon coach. Following her years teaching, she was a member of the ScratchED team at the MIT Media Lab, was an instructional coach with MATCH Charter Schools, and served as one of four founding Education Entrepreneurship Fellows at the Harvard University Innovation Lab while piloting an educational media start-up. She was also a fellow in the Harvard Graduate School Leadership Institute. Mary Jo has an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. from Northwestern University. She was featured on the Forbes “30 Under 30” list for 2016 for her work at EdSurge, and has presented at TEDx Chicago, SXSWedu, and Stanford University.

EdTech Hack kick off

How do socio-emotional aspects effect learning? How to use AI in a sustainable way in education? We asked these questions from the AI researcher Timo Honkela from the university of Helsinki, Juha Ollila from Mightifier app. From UX designer Chitrak Mitra we learned that designing for children requires specific expertise on several fields. These sparkling experts of their fields kicked off Metka EdTech Hack. More inspiration follows on webinars and in the EdTech Hack Facebook group. Join the hackathon on April 5.-7.2018 in Helsinki!

Меняй себя через свои привычки | Дмитрий Мацкевич | TEDxLavrushinskyLn

Дмитрий Мацкевич, рассказывает о способности мозга противодействовать нашим волевым решениям и о своем опыте борьбы с этим механизмом через создание положительных привычек и «взлом» отрицательных. Дмитрий Мацкевич – серийный предприниматель, инвестор, лектор, эксперт в области поведенческой психологии, нейробиологии и искусственного интеллекта. Со-основатель таких компаний как 1minute (платформа для благотворительного маркетинга), relap (№1 платформа рекомендаций контента как сервис для b2b), flocktory (лидирующая маркетинг платформа для ecommerce – продана в 2017 году в NASDAQ: QIWI), dbrain.io (платформа для обучения нейронных сетей). Серийный предприниматель, инвестор, лектор, эксперт в области поведенческой психологии, нейробиологии и искусственного интеллекта. Со-основатель таких компаний как 1minute (платформа для благотворительного маркетинга), relap (№1 платформа рекомендаций контента как сервис для b2b), flocktory (лидирующая маркетинг платформа для ecommerce – продана в 2017 году в NASDAQ: QIWI), dbrain.io (платформа для обучения нейронных сетей). This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

How The Robots Ignite A Human Revolution | Christina “CK” Kerley | TEDxBend

In this TEDx Talk, CK explores how the Robots will liberate us, Artificial Intelligence will revolutionize us—and Automation will humanize us. Powerhouse speaker, futurist, and professor Christina “CK” Kerley pushes Fortune 500s AHEAD of the curve through the 10+ tech that will dominate the next 10 years. Through her signature “edu-taining” style, she educates and entertains her audiences, and has keynoted at Verizon, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, Amazon, E*TRADE, The United Nations, Best Buy, The Ad Council, Prudential, CIO, SIM, ANA, and the IAB. A top-rated faculty member at Rutgers Business School for Executive Education, CK guest lectures at many prestigious schools and has published several eBooks. Through her pro bono program, ImpaCKt, she works to give a leading edge to underserved groups by partnering with similarly-focused organizations. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

Indian Education System needs a serious makeover | Paresh Gupta | TEDxYouth@SangamSchool

Even though India is developing with rapid pace, the Indian Education System still lags behind, struggling to evolve with time. The Education System of the country still follows the inherited coursebooks, syllabuses and methodologies which are fading away with development hence, we do not see change, says Paresh Gupta at TEDxYouthSangamSchool, raising a crucial and bold issue. This talk by Paresh Gupta outlines various flaws and problems of the Indian Education System and effective solutions to these very problems. Watch Paresh Gupta’s revolutionary talk which indeed is an eye-opener to many. He also mentions about the practical implications of the solutions at Global Centre for Entrepreneurship and Commerce, GCEC, his institution, focusing on practical approaches to education where the institution goes bookless making the institution one of its kind across India. Paresh Gupta is a first attempt Chartered Accountant and a merit holder MBA from London School of Business and Finance. He is also a trained financial modeller from Operis UK, rated amongst the top 20 credit research analysts team in Europe and has various international research publications to his credit. He has over 13 years of experience in strategic advisory, takeovers, mergers and acquisitions, infrastructure consulting, financial restructuring and business research across Asia, Middle East, Europe and USA. Paresh has recently returned back to India to start his entrepreneurial journey and founded a 3 times national award winning company SHArP Edge Learning. Paresh Gupta is a first attempt Chartered Accountant and a merit holder MBA from London School of Business and Finance. He is also a trained financial modeler from Operis UK, rated amongst the top 20 credit research analysts team in Europe and has various international research publications to his credit. He has over 13 years of experience in strategic advisory, takeovers, mergers and acquisitions, infrastructure consulting, financial restructuring and business research across Asia, Middle East, Europe and USA. Paresh has recently returned back to India to start his entrepreneurial journey and founded a 3 times national award winning company SHArP Edge Learning. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

Is College Still Worth It? | Jason Lange | TEDxWilmingtonED

As technology continues to accelerate change, will the traditional college model be able to keep up? Why might college no longer be worth it for many of our nation’s kids, and what might they consider doing instead? Jason Lange is the Co-Founder and President of BloomBoard, an education technology company focused on empowering educator success through personalized, competency-based learning. Prior to founding BloomBoard, Jason worked in finance as an investment banking Analyst and then as a private equity Associate before going to graduate school. While in graduate school, Jason worked as a Summer Associate at NewSchools Venture Fund, where he supported the development of the initial edtech investment thesis for the NewSchools Seed Fund (now Reach Capital). Jason received a BA in psychology and philosophy from Yale University, an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and an MA in Education from Stanford University School of Education. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

Are men smarter than women? Do white people work harder? | Bode Bamkole | TEDxGuildford

Are men smarter than women? Do white people work harder than ethnic minorities? And does a paid education entitle you to better opportunities? Bode Bamkole asks these questions of our education system in the context of diversity. He lays out the real problems that students, teachers and the education system face at large and discusses why, through the use of technology, we’re finally in a position to tackle these issues. Bode has founded Study Streak in an attempt to bring these solutions to life. Website: www.studystreak.co.uk Social Media: Facebook: @studystreak Instagram: @studystreakk Twitter: @studystreak. Bode is an Economics Graduate from the University of Nottingham. He currently works at KPMG and is the founder of Study Streak, an Edtech company dedicated to addressing education disparities by race, income and gender through an innovative and comprehensive programme. Having benefited from a good education himself, he has made it a goal to make quality education accessible to as many people as possible. His energy and commitment have seen him turn this idea for better education into a rapidly growing project with quality content, supported by a growing team. Bode hopes to continue to develop his skills in the financial sector and use them to achieve Study Streak’s long-term vision of being a top quality education provider. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

The Power of Gamification in Education | Scott Hebert | TEDxUAlberta

Scott Hebert is a teacher in Fort Saskatchewan, Canada. In this talk he addresses why the modern education system is experiencing an engagement crisis, and how we can solve it through a new approach in teaching. #GameMyClass Scott Hebert is a local middle school teacher, author, former TEDx speaker and educational innovator from Fort Saskatchewan where he teaches at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic School. He has been on a crusade since beginning his career in 2009 to rid the stereotypes and archaic expectations of school. In 2013, he was awarded the Alberta Excellence in Teaching Award for his efforts in elementary physical education. He then moved into middle school sciences. After a year of planning, in 2015, Scott unveiled his latest effort to connect students to their education using the upcoming teaching methodology of gamification. Subsequently, his program was named the Best Gamified Project in Education globally in 2015 by the World Gamification Congress. His class has gained local, provincial, and international attention for its unique approach to answering the engagement crisis many of today’s student face. Scott’s speaking style uses humour, honesty and personal experience to connect with his audience. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

The Effective Use of Game-Based Learning in Education | Andre Thomas | TEDxTAMU

André Thomas designs and researches the creation of games for higher education, targeting difficult subjects such as Calculus to help students succeed. His approach helps increase success rates by 20% and more. He will share his approach and findings in this talk while providing an overview of the effectiveness of Game-Based learning. André Thomas’ passion for game-based learning resonates inside and outside of the classroom. He founded and serves as the director of the LIVE Lab in the Department of Visualization at Texas A&M University, where he also teaches game design, game development and interactive graphics techniques. In 2014, he founded Triseum, where he serves as CEO and leads the creation of its award winning academic video games. He is an EdTech Leadership award winner, National Academy of Sciences board member, National Arts Education Association lead instructor, and Chillennium Game Jam chair. André also has been invited to speak at numerous education and technology events both in the U.S. and abroad, including SXSW, TEDx, ASU-GSV, BETT and European Schoolnet. His game-based learning insights and ideas are featured in the Huffington Post, Austin Business Journal, eCampus News and Learning Solutions Magazine, to name a few. With more than 20 years in CGI production, André has worked around the world on legendary video games, live action feature films and memorable commercials. Previously he was Head of Graphics for EA Sports Football games (including NCAA, Head Coach, NFL Tour and Madden, the longest running and most successful sports franchise in games industry). He also created graphics for such notable films as Men in Black, Con Air, Independence Day, Valiant, Ant Bully and Tomorrow Never Dies. Follow André on twitter at @athomas_tr. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx