Announcing the 8th Annual ED Games Expo: June 1 to 5, 2021

A Free All-Virtual Showcase of Game-Changing Innovations in EdTech
developed through ED and Programs Across Government

The ED Games Expo is
an annual showcase of game-changing innovations in education technology (EdTech)
developed through programs at the Department of Education (ED) and across the
federal government. Since 2013, the Expo has been an in-person event at venues
across Washington, D.C. Because of the COVID-19 national emergency, the 2021 ED
Games Expo is moving online, from June 1 – 5, for an entirely virtual
experience. Hosting virtually provides the unique opportunity to engage a
national audience and to present content mindful of the pandemic and useful for
educational programming in the summer and going forward.  

ED
Games Expo: Featured Resources

A new set of YouTube
playlists
and an accompanying PDF guide will be released on June 1
to present video trailers for more than 150 participating government-supported learning
games and technologies. These learning games and
technologies are appropriate for children and students in early childhood to
post-secondary education and special education, and cover a range of topics across STEM, reading, social studies,
civics, healthy development, and others. Nearly all the resources are research-based –
meaning studies demonstrate the usability, feasibility, and promise of leading
to the intended outcomes. Many of the education technologies at ED Games Expo will
be available to students and educators who are learning in-person or remotely
at no cost during June 2021. Attendees will also have the opportunity to engage
in virtual Q&A with developers during and after the Expo to learn more.

ED
Games Expo: A Range of Online Events
The
2021
ED Games Expo Agenda
presents the lineup for 35 online events to be
broadcast during the weeklong Expo. The events
are designed for a wide audience across
the education technology ecosystem, including educators, students, parents and
caregivers, developers, researchers, and other stakeholders.

Events include:

  • Master
    Classes for Educators
    :
    Eight Expo developers present use-case examples and guidance for implementing
    innovative education technology interventions to support in-person or remote
    learning across many different topics.
  • How
    the Learning Game was Made:
    Five teams of learning game developers inspire and
    prompt students to think about the many skills and careers involved in creating
    a learning game.
  • Showcase
    Events:
     More
    than 20 government agencies and offices that invest in education technology are
    broadcasting events to showcase their projects and initiatives. Just a few highlights
    from the week include events on: innovations in early
    learning and special education
    , learning games to
    combat disinformation
    , models to support remote
    tutoring
    ,
    a live kick-off for a new NASA national student
    challenge
    ,
    an esports
    competition

    with students from Historically
    Black Colleges and Universities,
    and forums where government leaders, experts, and practitioners reflect on the
    role of education technology during the era of COVID-19.
  • A
    Unique Kick Off Show:
    This
    year’s Expo will kick off on June 1, 2021 at 8pm ET with a unique virtual event
    featuring a few of our favorite children’s TV characters and puppet friends
    created through ED funded projects.

All
Expo events are free and accessible to the public to watch online. Content from
all events will be archived and available to watch on demand via YouTube after
the event. Follow the ED Games Expo on social media @USEdGov and by using the #EDGamesExpo hashtag.

We
hope you will join us in June!

Edward
Metz is the Program Manager for the Small Business Innovation Research Program
at the Institute of Education Sciences in the US Department of Education.

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