Educators collecting classroom ideas at Gen Con

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Among the thousands of gamers attending Gen Con 2015 are more and more educators.

A growing number of teachers, curriculum creators and librarians are researching how to incorporate games into programs designed for students.

A series of seminars associated with Gen Con sold out this year with 600 attendees.

Beth Pital, a librarian in the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library system, attended the seminars as well as Gen Con on Friday.

She spent the day researching and purchasing games that could expand a student’s learning potential by utilizing reading and math skills.

“There’s always something new and you never know what’s out there,” Pital said. “People have fun when they play games. It puts students in a good mood, so they’re more likely to learn more.”

Vendors share similar perspectives on gaming including author Alane Adams who was promoting the first in a series of books along with a game that was designed to encourage kids to read.

Adams said the process inspires imagination.

“That’s how they learn to solve problems as an adult by having imagination, by being able to see something beyond what’s in front of them,” Adams said. “There is an answer, there is a way if they can just use their mind to see a solution.”

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