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Play Make Learn

A wide variety of creative, innovative teaching and learning practices fit under the Play Make Learn umbrella. Playful learning encompasses using games, creating games with or for learners, and adopting game-like elements for the classroom (gamification). In addition to making games and other digital artifacts, makerspaces offer a variety of ways for learners to build their knowledge while creating physical items. Strengths of this approach include giving learners more agency and a setting to safely experiment and fail, plus the ability to explore identities, locations, and systems they normally couldn't.  This page serves as a jumping-off point for those interested in these pedagogical tools and techniques.

Wisconsin Connections

Wisconsin is fortunate to be a growing hub for these topics and resources. Here is a short list of some free example resources.  Find or share more in WISELearn Resources.

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Field Day

This UW-Madison lab makes games and game-making platforms to enhance learning through play, technology, and creativity. 

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Gear Learning

This game development studio at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research provides dynamic game development for researchers, outreach groups, and external educational partners.

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Filament Games

Filament's mission is to "create playful experiences that improve people's lives."  Although most of their content has a cost, free resources include:


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More resources coming soon...

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Check back soon for specific resources for different content areas!

Play Make Learn Conference - August 8-9, 2019

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Want to dive deeper and connect with peers? Check out the Play Make Learn conference in Madison every August: playmakelearn.org

Union South, UW-Madison 1308 W. Dayton St., Madison, WI 53715
playmakelearninfo@gmail.com
 

For questions about this information, contact David McHugh (608) 267-2278