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Seann Dikkers

Posted on: January 16th, 2015 by Amanda Ochsner No Comments

SeanDikkers1Dr. Seann Dikkers is an assistant professor in Educational Studies at Ohio University. He received his bachelor’s degree in education, political science and philosophy, a master’s degree in educational leadership from Bethel University, and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on educational technologies from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. His fields of scholarship include curriculum and instruction, educational technologies, and educational leadership. Previously he served in public schools as a teacher and principal for fourteen years. As the founder and director of Gaming Matter, Dikkers is investigating new media integration strategies for educational leadership, teaching, and learning. His work bridges pedagogy, leadership, and policy studies seeking practical solutions for schools. Projects include CivWorld, ParkQuest, History in our Hands, Mobile Media Learning, Augmented Reality and Interactive Storytelling editor (ARIS), the Comprehensive Assessment for Leadership in Learning (CALL), Real-Time Research, and the Teacher’s Toolbox.

Kip Glazer

Posted on: January 16th, 2015 by Amanda Ochsner No Comments

KipGlazerKip Glazer is a native of Seoul, South Korea, and immigrated to the United States in 1993 as a college student.  In 2002, she graduated Cum Laude from California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. She earned her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Chapman University in 2004, while receiving her California Single Subject Teaching Credential in both Social Studies and English. Since then, she has earned additional teaching credentials in Health, Foundational Mathematics, and School Administration. Mrs. Glazer is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Learning Technologies at Pepperdine University.

 

In 2003, Mrs. Glazer began her teaching career as a Social Studies and English Language Development teacher at the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District. She has taught a broad spectrum of English classes, ranging from English Development classes for Second-Language Learners to Advanced Placement English Literature classes for seniors.  Her Social Studies portfolio includes diverse subjects such as world history, U.S. history, government and economics. In 2006, she joined the Kern High School District in Bakersfield, California. She currently teaches senior English classes at Independence High School in Bakersfield, where she also serves as the Assistant Dean of Students. She has also worked for the Kern County Office of Education Migrant Program as a Pre-College Program writing instructor since 2008. In June of 2012, she taught a writing course at California State University, Bakersfield, as an adjunct instructor. In October 2012, Mrs. Glazer began working with the Digital Youth Network to connect her high school seniors with the sixth graders at three Chicago middle schools.

 

Mrs. Glazer also has a proven track record in coaching academic teams. In 2009, she won the Outstanding Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) Advisor Award for the State of California for her outstanding contribution to Arvin High School HOSA team that qualified for the HOSA Nationals. She has also written and won several grants from several renowned organizations such as Teacher’s Network Leadership Institute in New York, Santa Barbara County Office of Education and California State University, Chico. She is the current team leader for Independence High School’s Teachers’ Professional Development Grant funded by California State University, Chico.

 

Her other awards include The Korean-American Educational Award presented by the Los Angeles Korean-American Association for her volunteer work in the Bakersfield Korean community, and the International Women’s Day Award in Education from the Bakersfield International Women’s Association for her community involvement. In 2013, she was nominated for the Jim Burk Ford Foundation Teacher of the Year, representing Independence High School. She was named the Kern County Teacher of the Year in May of 2014.

Sujata Bhatt

Posted on: January 16th, 2015 by Amanda Ochsner No Comments

SujataBhattSujata Bhatt is a founder of innovatED.LA as well as the designer and founder of the Incubator School whose mission is to produce the entrepreneurial teams of tomorrow. A National Board Certified teacher, she has experimented in K12 for more than 12 years, developing deep expertise in creating learning environments to close the achievement gap. She specializes in finding opportunities that connect siloed communities within schools, and across the schools and the public and private sectors. A founding member, consultant, and advisor to various edtech and game-based learning companies, she is also the only teacher on the Games and Learning Publishing Council of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center @ Sesame Workshop. She evangelizes educational innovation in radio, television, and print, including the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, the Los Angeles Times, EdWeek, Harvard Education Press, and @SujataBhatt.

 

Before joining the K12 world, Sujata was a nationally-produced playwright and director, as well as a medieval historian at the Society of Fellows at Harvard. She holds an MA in History from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a BA in History from the University of Pennsylvania.

Nichole Pinkard

Posted on: January 16th, 2015 by Amanda Ochsner No Comments

NicholePinkardNichole Pinkard is an Associate Professor and Chair of the School of Design in the College of Computing and Digital Media at DePaul University in Chicago. She is the founder of Digital Youth Network, co-founder of Inquirium LLC and Remix Learning LLC, home of iRemix, a social learning platform that connects youth’s learning opportunities in school, home, and beyond.

 

In collaboration with the Chicago Public Library, Dr. Pinkard helped establish YOUmedia, a public learning space that immerses high school students in a context of traditional media—books—to make and produce new media artifacts like music, games, videos, and virtual worlds.

 

Dr. Pinkard is the recipient of a 2014 Northwestern Alumni Award, a 2010 Common Sense Media Award for Outstanding Commitment to Creativity and Youth, and the 2004 the Jan Hawkins Award for Early Career Contributions to Humanistic Research and Scholarship in Learning Technologies, an NSF Early CAREER Fellowship. She holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University, an M.S. in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Learning Sciences from Northwestern University.

 

Her current scholarly interests include the creation of city-wide learning ecologies, design and use of pedagogical-based social networks, new media literacy learning environments, ecological models of learning, digital badging, computational-making learning environments for underrepresented groups, and designing city-level learning ecologies.

Squinky Kiai

Posted on: December 10th, 2014 by jsruesch No Comments

SquinkyKiaiDeirdra “Squinky” Kiai is a writer, programmer, musician, and visual artist who creates videogame-like artifacts about gender identity, social awkwardness, and miscellaneous silliness. Most recently responsible for “Dominique Pamplemousse in ‘It’s All Over Once The Fat Lady Sings!'” and “Coffee: A Misunderstanding”, they are currently completing an MFA in Digital Arts and New Media at UC Santa Cruz.‬

John Romero

Posted on: December 10th, 2014 by jsruesch No Comments

JohnRomeroJohn Romero is an award-winning game designer, programmer and artist whose work spans over 130 games, 107 of which have been published commercially, including the iconic works Wolfenstein 3D, DOOM and Quake. Romero has worked in the mobile, core, mid-core, casual, social and MMO space.

 

Romero is a serial entrepreneur who has founded eight successful companies including companies in the traditional hardcore, MMO and mobile spaces. His contributions and philanthropy within the commercial game industry have led to a myriad of inspired games and the founding of 10 companies. He is considered to be among the world’s top game designers, and his products have won every major award.

 

One of the earliest “indie” developers, Romero began working in the game space in 1979 on mainframes before moving to the Apple II in 1981. He is a completely self-taught programmer, designer and artist, having drawn his inspirations from early Apple II programmers.

 

Romero’s current areas of interest are Facebook games and massively multi-player online (MMO) games as well as social media and its intersection with gaming. Romero also remains active in the artgame, game history and indie spaces.

Brenda Romero

Posted on: December 10th, 2014 by jsruesch No Comments

BrendaRomeroBrenda Romero is an award-winning game designer, Fulbright scholar, entrepreneur, artist, writer and creative director who entered the video game industry in 1981. Brenda has worked with a variety of digital game companies as a game designer, creative director or consultant, including Atari, Sir-tech Software, Electronic Arts and numerous companies in the social and mobile space. She is presently the Program Director of UC Santa Cruz’s Master’s in Games & Playable Media Program, Co-founder / Chief Executive Officer of Loot Drop, a casual game company, and an independent game developer at Romero Games, LLC. Brenda has extensive experience in PC, console and casual gaming. She is a 2014 Fulbright Scholar, and the recipient of the 2013 Women in Games Lifetime Achievement Award awarded by Microsoft.

 

Romero was previously a nominee in Microsoft’s 2010 Women in Games game design award. In 2013, she was listed as one of the industry’s top 10 game developers by Gamasutra.com, along with the likes of industry giants Naughty Dog, Nintendo and Rockstar North. Develop magazine also listed her among the 25 people who changed games in 2013. Romero was also named one of Forbes’ “12 Women in Gaming to Watch” in 2013, one of the top 20 most influential women in the game industry by Gamasutra.com in 2008 and one of the 100 most influential women in the game industry by Next Generation magazine in 2007. Nerve magazine also called her one of the 50 artists, actors, authors, activists and icons who are making the world a more stimulating place.

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