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Steinkuehler to speak in United Kingdom about computer games and learning

May 07, 2015

UW-Madison’s Constance Steinkuehler will be one of the featured speakers when the University of Bradford hosts the United Kingdom’s first conference about how computer games can help children’s learning, the Telegraph & Argus newspaper reports.

Steinkuehler is scheduled to talk about how educators can make the most out of the ever-changing technological world when she comes to Bradford for the conference June 17 to 19. The newspaper reports that other experts attending include senior figures at the BBC, Oxford University Press and games companies.

Constance Steinkuehler
The report states: “With technology rapidly developing, many children now develop their motor skills by playing games on tablets and phones, where previous generations learned through physical toys. The inaugural Play and Learn conference, being held at the university campus from June 17 to 19, will look at ways to harness the popularity of computer games to aid children's learning and make it more engaging. It has been organized by a company called Play with Learning.  The conference is targeted at researchers, game producers, designers and developers and those who use play to communicate, including teachers and trainers.”

Steinkuehler co-directs the Games+Learning+Society Center within the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, and is an associate professor of digital media with the School of Education’s top-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

Steinkuehler also is the first executive director of the Higher Education Video Games Alliance, and spent much of the 2011-12 academic year at the White House serving as a senior policy analyst in the Office of Science and Technology Policy.