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Game Design & Flipping Your Class: Two New (Free!) HP Catalyst Academy mini-courses








Want to bring Game Design into your K-12 classroom and increase student engagement in STEMx learning? The Learning Games Network will show you how to use their amazing Game Design Toolkit.

Want to learn a about a new tool for “Flipping” your classroom and encouraging deeper thinking and conversations? Learn how to use Classroom Salon, a free web-tool developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University.


Check out these two new (free!) mini-courses just added to the HP Catalyst Academy catalog…




Game Design for Learning is a self-paced (8-12 hours) HP Catalyst Academy mini-course that will walk you through how to “Level Up” your students’ Project Based Learning using a wonderful Game Design Tool Kit and methodology created by Learning Games Network. For those who want to go deeper, this mini-course will also introduce you to the Playful Learning knowledge network. Your students will love it – and your parents will want to go back to school to learn this way.




Flipping Your Class: An Analytics-Based Approach will introduce you to analytics-rich tools like Classroom Salon to engage your students in deeper, collaborative conversations online. This mini-course will help you make your curriculum “flip ready”, and introduce you to an amazing tool (and free) tool for social annotation. This HP Catalyst Academy mini-course is also self-paced and available now for enrollment.



Sign up today and learn more about other HP Catalyst Academy mini-courses by visiting www.catalyst-academy.org.











Jim Vanides, B.S.M.E, M.Ed.
Global Education Program Manager
Sustainability & Social Innovation

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  • Jim Vanides is responsible for the vision, strategy, design, and implementation of education technology innovation initiatives. His focus is the effective use of technology to create powerful learning experiences that help students around the world succeed. He has been instrumental in launching over 1200 primary, secondary, and higher education projects in 41 countries, including the HP Catalyst Initiative - a 15-country network of 60+ education organizations exploring innovations in STEM(+) learning and teaching. In addition to his work at HP, Jim teaches an online course for Montana State University on the Science of Sound, a masters-level, conceptual physics course for teachers in grades 5 through 8. Jim’s past work at HP has included engineering design, engineering management, and program management in R&D, Manufacturing, and Business Development. He holds a BS in Engineering and a MA in Education, both from Stanford University.
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