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A Summer of Gaming, PD Style

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Lacy Behl  
Dr. Tammy Seneca  
Stephanie Thompson  

Looking for a way to put a spark in your summer professional development opportunities? Join us as we discuss how we gamified our summer PD! Teachers experienced F2F, virtual and challenges through a month of fun and learning.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Professional developers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: none
Topic: Games for learning & gamification
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Professional Learning Facilitator
  • Evaluate the impact of professional learning and continually make improvements in order to meet the schoolwide vision for using technology for high-impact teaching and learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of the is session is to provide leaders with successful tactics used to motivate and train educators to use and create lessons that incorporate technology, computational thinking, and engineering.
-The participants will be introduced to our gaming approach to attract educators to participate in district-level professional development.
-Participants will receive examples of our challenges, activities, presentations, and innovation stations we set up to encourage our district's educators participation in PD.
-Participants will see how we set up our leaderboards and how we tracked our teachers' performance.
-Participants will see how we correlated points to stipends and prizes for completing PD tasks/challenges.


Content will be delivered via presenters and presentation. We will use videos, examples, and teachers' work submitted for challenges.

We will encourage questions to better assist other districts in setting up a similar PD approach.

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Lacy Behl, West Baton Rouge Parish Schools

Educator and Technology Facilitator

Dr. Tammy Seneca, West Baton Rouge Schools
ISTE Certified Educator

Tammy Seneca, Ph.D. is the supervisor of information systems and educational technology for West Baton Rouge Parish Schools in Port Allen, Louisiana. She guides teachers in the successful use of technology as a tool for rigorous and relevant curriculum, and oversees the district’s movement toward 1:1 computing, technology professional development and curriculum development, using a combination of SAMR and Webb’s Depth of Knowledge. Seneca holds a doctorate in educational theory, policy and practice, with a concentration in edtech, from Louisiana State University. She’s an active member of the tech community in the state of Louisiana and serves as a board member and president of the Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators (LACUE).

Stephanie Thompson, West Baton Rouge Parish Schools
ISTE Certified Educator

Stephanie Thompson is a Technology Facilitator for West Baton Rouge Parish Schools in Louisiana. As an experienced educator, she provides instructional leadership as teachers integrate technology into their classes. Having a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, she is equipped to provide teachers with the tools they need to give their students deep learning experiences. She has presented at ISTE, TCEA, FETC, NSBA, LACUE, and other conferences. She is an ISTE certified educator. She is an active member of the technology community in the state of Louisiana and serves as the secretary for the LACUE (ISTE Affiliate) organization.

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