U.S. Department of Education to Co-Host Games for Learning Summit in NYC

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Richard Culatta and Joseph South from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology will join educators, researchers, students and video game developers for a day-long summit on the use of digital games and simulations for learning on Tuesday, April 21, in New York City.

As part of President Obama’s ConnectED Initiative, which calls for the best technology and digital content to enrich the learning experience for students, summit participants will share strategies for the creation and use of quality games for learning in classrooms and beyond.

The Games for Learning Summit is co-hosted by the U.S. Department of Education and Games for Change, with the support of the Entertainment Software Association. It is part of the 12th Annual Games for Change Festival at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. Collectively, the co-hosts recognize the potential of digital games for learning and are committed to fostering the broader adoption of impactful games in schools and informal learning settings. Games have an important role to play in 21st century learning as tools that provide immersive, interactive simulations and creative spaces for students to safely learn and explore.

Other speakers and panelists include: Asi Burak, president, Games for Change; Rafranz Davis, instructional technologist, Arlington Independent School District; Michael Gallagher, president and CEO, Entertainment Software Association; Jesse Schell, CEO, Schell Games; Paul Cross, director of Game Design, Ubisoft® Studio SF; Jeff Hemenway, vice president, Unity North America; Ken Weber, executive director, Zynga.org; Jessica Lindl, executive director, GlassLab; Alan Gershenfeld, CEO, E-Line Media; and Greg Toppo, USA Today reporter, and author, The Game Believes in You.

The Games for Learning Summit will be live-streamed at https://livestream.com/g4c/g4l. Culatta and South are also available for press interviews on Monday, April 20, after 12 p.m. ET. Contact [email protected] to schedule an interview.