Archive for the ‘Speakers’ Category

Seann Dikkers

Posted on: January 16th, 2015 by Caroline Hardin No Comments

Dr. Seann Dikkers is an assistant professor in Educational Studies at Ohio University. He received his bachelor’s degree in education, political science and philosophy, a master’s degree in educational leadership from Bethel University, and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on educational technologies from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. His fields of scholarship include curriculum and instruction, educational technologies, and educational leadership. Previously he served in public schools as a teacher and principal for fourteen years. As the founder and director of Gaming Matter, Dikkers is investigating new media integration strategies for educational leadership, teaching, and learning. His work bridges pedagogy, leadership, and policy studies seeking practical solutions for schools. Projects include CivWorld, ParkQuest, History in our Hands, Mobile Media Learning, Augmented Reality and Interactive Storytelling editor (ARIS), the Comprehensive Assessment for Leadership in Learning (CALL), Real-Time Research, and the Teacher’s Toolbox.

Kip Glazer

Posted on: January 16th, 2015 by Caroline Hardin No Comments

Kip Glazer is a native of Seoul, South Korea, and immigrated to the United States in 1993 as a college student.  In 2002, she graduated Cum Laude from California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. She earned her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Chapman University in 2004, while receiving her California Single Subject Teaching Credential in both Social Studies and English. Since then, she has earned additional teaching credentials in Health, Foundational Mathematics, and School Administration. Mrs. Glazer is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Learning Technologies at Pepperdine University.


In 2003, Mrs. Glazer began her teaching career as a Social Studies and English Language Development teacher at the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District. She has taught a broad spectrum of English classes, ranging from English Development classes for Second-Language Learners to Advanced Placement English Literature classes for seniors.  Her Social Studies portfolio includes diverse subjects such as world history, U.S. history, government and economics. In 2006, she joined the Kern High School District in Bakersfield, California. She currently teaches senior English classes at Independence High School in Bakersfield, where she also serves as the Assistant Dean of Students. She has also worked for the Kern County Office of Education Migrant Program as a Pre-College Program writing instructor since 2008. In June of 2012, she taught a writing course at California State University, Bakersfield, as an adjunct instructor. In October 2012, Mrs. Glazer began working with the Digital Youth Network to connect her high school seniors with the sixth graders at three Chicago middle schools.


Mrs. Glazer also has a proven track record in coaching academic teams. In 2009, she won the Outstanding Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) Advisor Award for the State of California for her outstanding contribution to Arvin High School HOSA team that qualified for the HOSA Nationals. She has also written and won several grants from several renowned organizations such as Teacher’s Network Leadership Institute in New York, Santa Barbara County Office of Education and California State University, Chico. She is the current team leader for Independence High School’s Teachers’ Professional Development Grant funded by California State University, Chico.


Her other awards include The Korean-American Educational Award presented by the Los Angeles Korean-American Association for her volunteer work in the Bakersfield Korean community, and the International Women’s Day Award in Education from the Bakersfield International Women’s Association for her community involvement. In 2013, she was nominated for the Jim Burk Ford Foundation Teacher of the Year, representing Independence High School. She was named the Kern County Teacher of the Year in May of 2014.

Sujata Bhatt

Posted on: January 16th, 2015 by Caroline Hardin No Comments

Sujata Bhatt is a founder of innovatED.LA as well as the designer and founder of the Incubator School whose mission is to produce the entrepreneurial teams of tomorrow. A National Board Certified teacher, she has experimented in K12 for more than 12 years, developing deep expertise in creating learning environments to close the achievement gap. She specializes in finding opportunities that connect siloed communities within schools, and across the schools and the public and private sectors. A founding member, consultant, and advisor to various edtech and game-based learning companies, she is also the only teacher on the Games and Learning Publishing Council of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center @ Sesame Workshop. She evangelizes educational innovation in radio, television, and print, including the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, the Los Angeles Times, EdWeek, Harvard Education Press, and @SujataBhatt.


Before joining the K12 world, Sujata was a nationally-produced playwright and director, as well as a medieval historian at the Society of Fellows at Harvard. She holds an MA in History from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a BA in History from the University of Pennsylvania.

Gordon Bellamy

Posted on: January 16th, 2015 by Caroline Hardin No Comments

GordonBellamyGordon Bellamy is proud to be a Visiting Scholar at the University of Southern California Games program, helping to cultivate the next generation of leaders in our craft.


Gordon has served as Executive Director of both the game industry’s trade organization, the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences and the developers membership organization, the International Game Developers Association. Gordon participated in the judging committee for the Game Marketing Summit Awards, which celebrate the best in marketing, advertising and design within interactive and game entertainment.


Gordon has also played key business and product leadership roles at numerous game design companies, including Tencent, iDreamsky, and Electronic Arts, where as a designer on Madden NFL Football he was named ‘Rookie of the Year’. He also served as an executive consultant at MTV where he worked on the annual Spike TV Video Game Awards and the weekly GameTrailers TV show.


Gordon is a graduate of Harvard College, and resides with his husband Joe Heally, and 3 dogs, Cyber, Cooper, and Colby in North Hills, California.

Squinky Kiai

Posted on: December 10th, 2014 by Caroline Hardin No Comments

‪Deirdra “Squinky” Kiai is a writer, programmer, musician, and visual artist who creates videogame-like artifacts about gender identity, social awkwardness, and miscellaneous silliness. Most recently responsible for “Dominique Pamplemousse in ‘It’s All Over Once The Fat Lady Sings!'” and “Coffee: A Misunderstanding”, they are currently completing an MFA in Digital Arts and New Media at UC Santa Cruz.‬

Elisabeth (Betty) Gee

Posted on: December 10th, 2014 by Caroline Hardin No Comments

Elisabeth (Betty) Gee is the Delbert & Jewell Lewis Chair in Reading & Literacy and Professor in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and an affiliate faculty member in the Department of English at Arizona State University (ASU). She has published widely on the topics of literacy, gender, gaming, and learning; her recent books include Women and Gaming: The Sims and 21st Century Learning (2010), Language and Learning in a Digital Age (2011), both co-authored with James Gee, and Learning in Video Gaming Affinity Spaces (2012) (co-edited with Sean Duncan). Betty is currently the Co-Director of Play2Connect, a research and outreach project that aims to promote intergenerational learning, communication, and well being through video games. She is PI on the Joint Media Engagement, Play, Literacy, and Learning among Mexican-American Families Project funded by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop. Betty is also PI on the NSF-funded project, The Role of Story in Games to Teach Computer Science Concepts to Middle School Girls.


Prior to joining the faculty at ASU, she was a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1990-2007) where was a founding member of the Games, Learning, & Society research collective. Betty was named a 2011 White House Champion of Change for her work on using games and digital media to engage girls in computing.




SinemSiyahhanSinem Siyahhan is an Assistant Professor of Educational Technology and Learning Sciences at California State University, and the Founding Director of Play2Connect, an initiative that aims to support family learning, communication, and connection through gaming. Her scholarship uses design-based research to understand the affordances of digital media technologies, in particular video games, for human-computer interaction, teaching, learning, and social change. She is the Co-PI on the Joint Media Engagement, Play, Literacy, and Learning among Mexican-American Families Project funded by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop.

Dr. Ernest W. Adams

Posted on: December 10th, 2014 by Caroline Hardin No Comments


Dr. Ernest W. Adams is a senior lecturer in the Department of Game Design at Uppsala University Campus Gotland in Sweden. He is also a game design consultant and author who has served in the video game industry since 1989. Ernest worked at Electronic Arts for 8 years as a programmer, lead designer, and producer,chiefly on the Madden NFL football series. He has developed online, computer, and console games for everything from the IBM 360 mainframe to the iPhone. He is also a popular speaker at conferences and arts festivals around the world.

Ernest has written six books including the university-level textbook, Fundamentals of Game Design, now in its third edition. He was also the founder and first chairman of the International Game Developers‘ Association. His professional web site is at



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