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Webinar Series
It Takes a Guild - A Guild of Educators

Why does John Seely Brown state in the opening line of this video, “I would rather hire a high level World of Warcraft player than a MBA from Harvard?” http://bigthink.com/ideas/45592

In celebration of the US Department of Education declaring August Connected Educators Month, G.A.M.E. members who play in this highly complex learning environment known as World of Warcraft presented a guild panel.

“It Takes a Guild – A Guild of Educators” launched the webinar series
from G.A.M.E., Gamers Advancing Meaningful Education,
(an online community of educators who game)
on August 16, 9 PM ET.

Recording of the Live Broadcast on Google Hangout on the
Games MOOC YouTube Channel


At its core G.A.M.E. is an online synchronous gaming community. This intellectually curious network of educators develop curriculum and offer online open courses, webinars and F2F presentations on the opportunities and deeper learning that takes place in games. The Cognitive Dissonance Educator guild in World of Warcraft is the "home base" where this group regularly plays online. This community is involved in WoW in School, EduMachinima Fest, Virtual Worlds and Games UnSymposium, Games MOOC and open courses on P2PU. G.A.M.E. is for educators who game, want to learn how to game, and want to incorporate gaming strategies into teaching and learning. Participants in the session will learn about how this informal professional development has benefited educators who are in K-12, Higher Education, Education Administration and military training.

The panel included:

Moderator: Laurence Cocco
Director, Office of Educational Technology
New Jersey Department of Education

K-12

Peggy Sheehy
Instructional Technologist
Suffern Middle School
Suffern, New York

Melody Collier
State and Federal Programs Director
Howley ISD, Texas

Higher Ed

Chris Luchs
Associate Dean, CTE
Colorado Community College System

Deborah Bakken
Nursing Instructor RN MS
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
North Carolina

Industry

Valerie Noll, CPLP
Instructional Designer
Crew Training International
Omaha, Nebraska

Beverly G. McCarter, principal
Human Mosaic Systems, LLC
Certified Virtual Worlds Architect and Designer
Certified Facilitator of Self-Organizing Systems

G.A.M.E. http://g.a.m.e.shivtr.com/ will be holding monthly webinars on the third Thursday of each month at 9 PM ET. It also co-sponsors the weekly games tweetchat #gamemooc on Wednesday evenings at 9 PM ET.