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Mosaic of a learner: Dylan Arena at TEDxEastsidePrep

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Published on Jun 20, 2012

The ideas presented in this talk stem largely from conversations with the Gordon Commission Science and Technology Fellows--who were mentioned in the talk as hypothetical students Ben (Stokes), Sinem (Siyahhan), and Shauna (Sweet)--as well as from the larger MacArthur Emerging Scholars group created by James Paul Gee.

Dylan Arena is a learning scientist with a background in cognitive science, philosophy, and statistics. His primary research focus is game-based learning, but he has also worked on issues related to next-generation assessment. He is co-founder and Chief Learning Officer of Kidapt, a new company whose mission is to use tablet technology, exceptional storytelling, and adaptive gameplay to transform the way children learn.

Dylan has earned a B.S. in Symbolic Systems, an M.A. in Philosophy, an M.S. in Statistics, and a Ph.D. in Learning Sciences and Technology Design, all from Stanford University. Before returning to grad school, he spent three years at Oracle as a software developer. He is a MacArthur Emerging Scholar in Digital Media and Learning, a Science and Technology Fellow for the Gordon Commission on the Future of Assessment in Education, and a Gerald J. Lieberman Fellow; he has also been a FrameWorks Fellow, a Stanford Graduate Fellow in Science and Engineering, and a United States Presidential Scholar. Outside of work, Dylan a mediocre but enthusiastic player of rugby and role-playing games, an avid CrossFitter, and a proud father.


In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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