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Park Avenue Educators to Present at Technology Summit

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Fifth grade teacher Amy Stein and librarian Tim Quinn, from Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School in the Amityville Union Free School District, have been chosen to present at the Long Island Technology and Education Summit in October for their work with the Skin in the Game program.

The summit is co-sponsored by Eastern Suffolk BOCES, Western Suffolk BOCES and Nassau BOCES. Ms. Stein and Mr. Quinn will highlight they work they have done to incorporate technology into an educational board game project. 

The Skin in the Game initiative was launched in the district during the 2018-19 school year. As a culminating project, fifth graders in Ms. Stein’s class worked in teams to create board games that reflected a unit of study from either science or social studies. Among the topics that children chose were biomes, body systems, human rights, natural disasters and the solar system.

Each group had to create a board game that resembled the style of existing popular board games. Every student in the group had a roll including the story teller, the rule maker, the question maker and the designer. With support from Mr. Quinn, children created their game pieces on iPads, which then came to fruition using the 3D printer in the library. The group that created a game about biomes made pieces to look like different animals. Students also used a Selphy photo printer to add visual elements to their games.

Other digital elements were incorporated into the project. Students who made the solar system game — called Space Catastrophes — included spots that could be scanned by an iPad revealing a video of students explaining the rules or facts about the different planets. Other games had QR codes that could be scanned to get a question. 

“Each game had some component that made it unique,” Ms. Stein said.

Student Cheryl Mejia said the key to make a successful board game was teamwork.

“You’ve got to work together to make a project,” she said. “You have to support each other and help each other out.”

After creating, students played each other’s games to give constructive feedback, such as the ease or difficulty of the rules. Ms. Stein and Mr. Quinn will bring the games with them to the technology summit to share with educators from across Long Island.  

 

Sunday, September 15, 2019