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Nurturing Problem-Solvers Inside and Outside the Realm of Games (Podcast)

How can we prepare students for the real world through game-based learning experiences? Our CEO, Dan White, recently joined the Shifting Schools podcast to discuss the future of learning games and the importance of focusing on 21st century skills and conceptual understandings in K-12 education.

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Hosted by educators Jeff Utecht and Tricia Friedman, Shifting Schools explores the latest trends, strategies, and tools in K-12 education. In this thought-provoking episode, Dan shares his insights on the power of game-based learning pedagogy and the need to revisit what is worth teaching and learning in the face of automation and AI.

In this episode, Dan emphasizes that the future of learning games lies in nurturing problem-solving skills and higher-order thinking rather than simply transferring didactic knowledge. He believes that game-based experiences should impart useful practices and prepare students for the challenges they will face in the real world.

Throughout the episode, Dan also highlights the importance of communication and collaboration skills in running a successful small educational game development studio like Filament Games. He shares examples of our longstanding partnerships with clients, the impact that Filament Games has made in the lives of learners through the power of play, and more – tune in below!

Episode outline:

[0:00 – 3:44] Intro, introducing Dan

[3:45 – 10:30] Dan’s predictions and aspirations for learning games

[10:31 – 16:57] What skills are important when it comes to running an educational game development studio? 

[16:58 – 26:52] The importance of communication and collaboration skills, Filament Games’ partnerships

[26:53 – 34:19] Filament Games’ values in practice and the value of play

[34:20 – 38:12] Filament’s impact and an example of a longstanding client partnership

[38:13 – 44:03] A game that inspires Dan

[44:04 – 45:36] Outro 

Thank you to Shifting Schools for having Dan on the podcast and for providing a platform for educators to share ideas and inspire one another. Keep up with the latest episodes by following them on X or visiting their website!

If you’re interested in utilizing game-based learning in your school, business, or organization, we’d love to help. With over 18 years of experience in creating engaging educational games, we’re committed to making a positive impact in the lives of all learners. Contact us today to start the conversation!

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