Jade Norwood, Associate Creative Director, McKinney
How do you teach high schoolers about dry, complex topics without boring them to tears? How do you go beyond teaching facts and tap into true motivation to learn? McKinney will share their proven strategies for teaching students in a way that cements learning, but doesn’t feel like work.
Learning financial literacy is not high on most student agendas. Yet over the past 5 years, McKinney and NextGen Personal Finance have created a series of games that have captured over 10.5 million plays and support from teachers while intentionally not teaching traditional financial principles. We will discuss our approach to educational game design that focuses on awakening student minds and partnering with teachers rather than attempting to reproduce classroom lessons in game form.
You’ll leave this session with some key strategies to boost learner engagement, including:
- The very first question every educational game designer must ask
- Balancing learning with entertainment
- How an educational game can integrate with a traditional lesson plan
- Using feedback and community engagement to maximize success