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Saturday, March 9 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Democracy Games: Civics for the Digital Age?

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Peter Sagal of NPR’s "Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me!" and host of new PBS series, Constitution USA, leads a “Wait Wait” style conversation on reinvigorating dreaded civics lessons through gaming. More Americans can name the Three Stooges than the three branches of government. Fewer than half can name a single Supreme Court justice. Clearly, there’s a gap in civics education. How to breathe life into a subject that most of the digital generation find dry and abstract? Sagal talks to panelists Gene Koo of iCivics and to game developer Dan Norton of Filament about how games can be used to convey civics in action, requiring players to engage in complex decisions around government and showing the effects of different choices. How does a game developer turn the three branches of government or the Bill of Rights into a game that kids will actually want to play and learn from? Can values and ethics be part of game design? And does any of this lead to more participation in democracy?
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Gene Koo

iCivics Exec DiriCivicsGene Koo leads iCivics to educate and engage a new generation of American citizens. As Executive Director, he focuses on aligning operations and strategy with organizational vision, achieving large-scale adoption, and securing long-term sustainability. Prior... Read More →
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Dan Norton

Chief Creative OfficerFilament ProductionsDan Norton is a founding partner and CCO at Filament Games. He specializes in crafting educational game design documents and storyboards that originate from learning objectives. He is proud to have designed games about a uniquely broad range... Read More →
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Peter Sagal

Host NPR & PBSNPRSince 1998. Peter Sagal has been the host of the Peabody Award-winning "Wait, Wait… Don't Tell Me” from NPR, which each week is broadcast via 627 public radio stations to 3.5 million listeners and additional million people via podcast. This spring, he will appear... Read More →

Saturday March 9, 2013 3:30pm - 4:30pm CST
Hyatt Regency Austin, Texas Ballroom 1-4

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