OPPORTUNITY: Having been a member of the North American Simulation and Gaming Association (NASAGA) since 2004, Fran Kick offered to create and coordinate the 2008 and 2009 Teacher/Educator Days at the annual conferences in Indianapolis, IN and Washington, DC. The day was specifically created for educators who wanted to explore how to design learning games, activities, and simulations, or improve how they facilitate learning games, activities, and simulations. Filled with real-world, practical application approaches, participants learned how to create activity-based connections to classroom content standards.
RESULTS: For both years, Fran coordinated with each State Department of Education to secure professional development C.E.U. credit hours for participating teachers. Clinicians were secured, programming scheduled, promotional flyers and web support was provided. Follow-up handout materials and evaluations were created and sent to all teachers following the program.
The North American Simulation and Gaming Association (NASAGA) is the home for instructional designers, game developers, performance improvement specialists, consultants, trainers, teachers, and educators who use active learning methods to increase engagement, enhance retention, and improve performance. The NASAGA annual conference is always a unique interactive experience! Breakout sessions let attendees brainstorm, collaborate, and play games with a focus on learning and improving results.