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Wednesday, March 23 • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
CANCELED: Tools for Training: Using Gaming to Educate and Engage Stakeholders

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Pesticide safety, and safety education in general, is not often considered exciting and engaging. However, to ensure the safety of agricultural workers it is an important and necessary activity for many extension educators and our stakeholders. This presentation highlights technology that The Pennsylvania State University Pesticide Education Program uses to generate engaging pesticide safety educational games. This same innovate approach can be adapted to any subject matter. Once generated, these games can be given to presenters for large groups, or individuals to learn at their own pace. Games work actively with Moodle or other educational interfaces by exporting them for integration into online courses or websites. The games can be integrated with Audience Response Systems (ARS) to create competitive educational environments. Gaming software and details on how games are created will be demonstrated during the presentation. Participants will be provided with ARS controllers and will play along to test their extension and pesticide safety knowledge. This active participation will give participants a sense of how the technology works, but more importantly how they can adapt it and engage their stakeholders. Details on how games are created, availability to participants, and development for other subject matter and audiences will be discussed.

Wednesday March 23, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm

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