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08/06/2013
Capital Region Teachers Attending Games in Education Symposium at TEC-SMART Today and Wednesday

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180, d.renfrew@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013

More than 250 early childhood through post secondary educators from the Capital Region are attending the “Games in Education” symposium at TEC-SMART in Malta today and Wednesday to learn how to better engage students in the classroom and inspire interest in learning through the use of video games and related technologies.

Hands-on workshops, which run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day, focus on incorporating games into all curricula, using games to augment subject matter and to promote collaboration and concentration among students, and developing new and advanced teaching methods through the implementation of games. Educators will understand the relevance of games to the learning process and will gain experience with games and programs for all levels and abilities. It is also an opportunity for teachers to share ideas and experiences with one another.

Presented by 1st Playable Productions, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and TEC-SMART, the symposium features speakers from educational institutions across the country. Participants receive professional development credit hours. The free symposium is in its seventh year.

For more information about the event and to see a full schedule of the sessions, visit the Web site: http://gamesineducation.org/.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 associate degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and workforce and academic preparation programs offered through the Educational Opportunity Center. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 13,250 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has 75,000 alumni.