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2014 Games Learning Society 10 Playful Learning Summit

The Games+Learning+Society 10 Conference begins Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at the University of Madison-Wisconsin’s Memorial Union with the second annual GLS Playful Learning Summit (PLS). The GLS PL Summit promotes professional development opportunities to celebrate and deepen educators’ use of games in various educational settings, and fosters collaboration among teachers, designers, researchers and others throughout the elementary to higher education continuum. The PLS on Tuesday, June 10 will set an exciting tone for GLS 10, and provide a unique forum for educators to network, design, and play.


8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Check-in, Registration, Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Breakfast and Keynote in the Great Hall

  • Featured Keynote Speakers: Dr. Yasmin Kafai and Dr. Deborah Fields
  • Keynote shared with CIRCL’s 2014 Cyberlearning Summit

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Specialized Professional Development Tracks (please see note below)

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Morning Workshops (click here for full descriptions)
Please note that workshop schedule may change before June 10th.

  • AM1: Unity Goes to School: Playing with Aesthetics and Mechanics in a High School Gaming Course
  • AM2: Critical World Building for Creative Writing, Literature and History Courses
  • AM3: Learning from Digital Game Design: Developing Digital Literacies for the Creative Classroom
  • AM4: The Ethers Series: Learning Physics as Play and as Game Design
  • AM5: The Power of Context over Content
  • AM6: Institute of Play

12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Lunch on Tripp Deck, followed by a Mini-Expo with Coffee & Dessert in the Main Lounge

  • Featured organizations: BrainPop, The Institute of Play, and Working Examples

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Afternoon Workshops (click here for full descriptions)
Please note that workshop schedule may change before June 10th

  • PM1: Leading Game-based Learning
  • PM2: Iterative Design Process of Curriculum and Games
  • PM3: Are All Digital Learning Games Helpful Instructional Tools? How to Find and Use Games that Engage & Educate
  • PM4: Game Development Bootcamp for Educators
  • PM5: It’s Alive! Building a Playful Unit Plan Around a STEM Game
  • PM6: Explain Yourself!


4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. PLS Evaluation and Transition
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Happy Hour in the Arcade!


The ARIS Summit is a full day event within the Playful Learning Summit that focuses around the ARIS mobile learning platform. This Summit will share meals and Happy Hour with the full Playful Learning Summit. Learn more about the ARIS Summit or email David Gagnon (
The DPI CLC Facilitators’ Summit is by invitation only. If you are a CLC facilitator who worked with GLS’ pilot after-school CyberSTEM program, please register for the Playful Learning Summit and then contact Gabby Anton ( and Stefan Slater ( to discuss reimbursement and program details.


Contact the GLS PLS Co-Chairs: Remi Holden ( & Rex Beaber ( for general Summit questions
Contact the GLS PLS Fellow: Elizabeth King ( for workshop-specific questions


Also very exciting: Check out other Playful Learning Summits happening all around the country!


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