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TEDxManhattanBeach - Sean Bouchard - Chocolate Covered Broccoli: Building Better Games

Talk title: Chocolate Covered Broccoli: Building Better GamesAs many parents know, kids who struggle to engage with learning in the classroom can spend an extraordinary amount of time and energy playing video games. Over the past thirty years, the educational games industry has attempted to wrap educational content around games to make the content more palatable. The result have been unpromising, with games that are like eating "chocolate-covered broccoli." We've been assuming that games and educational content are two different things. To revolutionize education with games, we need to shake that assumption. All games are both fun and a learning experience because as you learn the game, you begin to win. Games can be a powerful tool for education when we create dynamic game systems that challenge kids, call them out, and personalize a subject to give it meaning for the individual student.Sean Bouchard is a game designer and developer. He's currently working with the University of Southern California's Game Innovation Lab on the Collegeology Games project, which seeks to produce a suite of digital and non-digital games which help to improve college access for under-served youth. Sean also works with the indie game studio Crater House on small-scale experimental games. He's also worked as a programmer at the Institute for Creative Technology, examining the therapeutic potential of virtual worlds. His focus is on narrative design and motivating social interaction through game mechanics. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxManhattanBeach, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxManhattanBeach event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.
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