Preconference Summits

April 16th, 2019

ECGC 2019 has a variety of Preconference Summits to choose from. These events take place over a day, providing detailed focus on each topic. Grab a seat, come listen and learn from some of the best and brightest in the game development industries.

Seating is limited. Register today to reserve your space!

2019 Preconference Summit Presenters

Michael Briscoe

Educator in Residence at American Society of Naval Engineers

Summit: Education

Bring video games to the classroom

Hosted by Michael Briscoe, American Society of Naval Engineers

Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm

Summit Description:

I would set up 6-8 gaming stations in the back of the room with lesson plans I wrote that teach a subject using that game (e.g., our FLEET video game applies physics, SimCity is great for dividing with decimals). As participants come in, I would share that we are going to discuss how students learn through gaming. I would present on how we analyze video games to determine what content they measure and to use big educational ideas to create a video game experience that targets the topics that student is learning at that grade. Game Designers that understand what teachers may use their game may choose to tailor texts and scripts to meet these students at their reading level. The remaining time would be interactive; participants would game using the lesson plans provided. They all require teamwork, critical thinking, and some type of share out at the end. This time would also serve as informal Q&A. Last will be a share out of their gaming activity and participants’ will discuss their next steps.
1. All participants are aware of the resources and processes available to teach with video games.
2. Video game designers understand how the topic of their game determines the grade level(s) of students that can be taught with this game.
3. Video game enthusiasts learn how to reach out to local schools and teach after-school and elective classes.


Toiya Kristen Finley

Game Designer, Narrative Designer, Game Writer, and Editor for Schnoodle Media, LLC

Summit: Narrative Tutorial

Narrative Tutorial

Hosted by Toiya Kristen Finley, Schnoodle Media, LLC

Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm

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Indie Game Development Summit

Hosted by Dr. Farhad Javidi, Simbryo

Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm

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