A Promise to Future Generations:  Making Learning Fun:  James Portnow, Rainmaker Games

In this talk attendees will learn easily applicable techniques for taking their already existing curricula and making it more engaging.

Over the last 100 years, in creating films, television and games, we’ve poured billions of dollars into understanding what keeps a human being engaged. It’s time we use that for something more than killing the hours between work and sleep.

In this talk, veteran game designer and writer of the You Tube show Extra Credits, James Portnow, will talk about the lessons we can learn from games to make learning something everyone wants to do. This won’t be about how to make edutainment or how to build games for the classroom, but rather about the broader techniques, like pacing and interest curves, that entertainment industry utilizes, which can be applied to any topic and any classroom.

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