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The ED GAMES EXPO

An Annual Showcase of Game-Changing Innovations in Education Technology Developed with the Support of Programs at ED and Across Government

NEW! The 8th Annual ED Games Expo will occur from June 1 to 5, 2021, as an all-virtual event. Click here to visit the new ED Games Expo 2021 website page

The ED Games Expo is the Department of Education's annual public showcase and celebration of game-changing innovations in education technology. Since 2013 the Expo has been held at locations across Washington, DC, including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts between 2018 and 2020. In 2021, the ED Games Expo will be an all-virtual event.

Watch video trailers from the 2019 and 2020 ED Games Expos here:

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About the ED Games Expo

At the ED Game Expo, attendees can discover and demo more than 100 different education learning games, learning technologies, platforms that present data-driven information to educators and administrators, and technology-delivered interventions while at the same time meeting face-to-face with the developers. (In 2021 at the Expo, participants can interact with developers virtually.) The education technologies at the Expo cover content across topics such as early learning, STEM, reading, social studies, English learning, healthy development, career and technical education, special education, and educator professional development. Education technologies also present data driven information to educators and administrators to inform decision making. In addition to being a showcase of education technologies that attendees can demo, each year participating government programs host "showcase events" during the week of the Expo to highlight and build capacity for initiatives across a range of important topics in education.

A digital depiction in a game of a moose in a grassy environment

All of the education technologies at the ED Games Expo are developed with support of more than 30 programs in the Federal government, including the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programs at the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES), the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Agriculture. It also includes ED research programs at IES, the Office of Special Education Programs, the Office of Innovation and Improvement, and the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, and through programs at the Smithsonian, Library of Congress, National Endowment for the Humanities, NASA, USAID, the Wilson Center, and others.

A young man using chemistry equipment within a VR environment A broad audience participates at the ED Games Expo each year.

  • Educators and school decision makers attend to learn about research-based education interventions and assessments that are ready now (or coming soon), whether for delivery in classrooms or for remote teaching and learning.
  • Students attend to demo a learning game or education technology and then ask the experts "How did you create this learning game or education technology intervention?" and "What do I need to study in school to become a game developer?"
  • Developers, researchers, and stakeholders across the education technology ecosystem attend to learn about the government programs that invest in education technology, and to meet and network with representatives from more than 30 government offices.
  • Government program representatives attend to highlight the education technologies developed through their programs and to learn about programs across other government that invest in education technology.
  • In past years, Washington, DC-area schools have signed up for developers to visit to demonstrate their learning games in a class and to speak to students about careers as technology developers and entrepreneurs.

An All-Virtual ED Games Expo in 2021

Due to the ongoing COVID- 19 pandemic, the 2021 ED Games Expo has moved online. With an internet connection and a computer or device, attendees will be able to demo learning games and technologies and to interact with developers virtually. While we hope to be together for an in-person event in 2022, hosting a virtual Expo provides a unique opportunity to engage a national audience and to present content mindful of the ongoing pandemic and the new normal in education going forward. View the 2021 ED Games Expo website page here.

News and Resources from Past ED Games Expos

  • 2020 — Click here to download the "Guide to Educational Learning Games and Technologies," a document that provides details and video demonstrations on the technologies that were exhibited at the 2020 ED Games Expo
  • 2020 — ED Homeroom: Recapping ED Games Expo Week 2020
  • 2019 — Click here to watch a series of short presentations by developers on How The Game Was Made made at the 2019 ED Games Expo at the Kennedy Center
  • 2019 — Education Week Market Brief: Expo Highlights the Rise of VR, AR in Educational Game Design, But Will Educators Want It?
  • 2018 — EdSurge: What We Learn From the Edtech Games the Government Plays
  • 2016 — ED Homeroom: SBIR Women Developers Got Game
  • 2016 — ED Homeroom: ED Games Day Comes to Washington, DC
  • 2015 — EDSurge: Why the Government is All About Fun, Games, and Funding Games
  • 2013 — InsideED: IES SBIR Tech-Expo Showcases New Education Learning Products

Follow the Expo on twitter at @IESResearch; @USEDgov; @SBIRgov; and #EDGamesExpo. Please contact Edward.Metz@ed.gov for more information on the ED Games Expo.

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