Close Menu

Fourth Annual Lewis College Roundtable

Illinois Tech's Lewis College of Human Sciences engages in compelling work at the intersection of people and technology and strives to create cross-disciplinary dialogue. The Lewis College Roundtable reflects that mission. Instead of a standard lecture, invited panelists, ranging from academics to industry experts, participate in a 90-minute, moderated discussion about a chosen topic. Their unique perspectives on the given theme create a lively discussion that allows our guests to think more deeply about these topics of far-reaching significance.

 Play in Education

Play as a Classroom Tool

Saturday, November 17, 2018 | 10 a.m.–2 p.m. | Chicago Toy & Game Fair, Navy Pier

Lewis College of Human Sciences is pleased to announce that it has partnered with the Chicago Toy & Game Week for the next Roundtable event!

Lewis College is a sponsor of the Play in Education (PIE) track at the 16th Annual Chicago Toy & Game Fair on Saturday, November 17, 2018. The fair is North America’s largest non-hobby toy and game fair open to the public.

From building Lego trucks and playing Jenga at a party, play has an unmistakably large influence on our life. Play is pivotal in cognitive development and social skills. Expand your brains, get social, come out and play with us at the next Roundtable!

Register Today!

Navy Pier is accessible by driving, CTA and other public transporation, free trolley service, or Divvy bike. Learn more about your best transportation options to get to the Roundtable.

Schedule of Presentations

Introductions and Welcome

10 a.m.

Purposeful Play in the Classroom

10:15 a.m.
Speakers: Janine Halloran and Maria Metzler

Janine Halloran

Janine Halloran

Founder, Coping Skills for Kids (part of Encourage Play, LLC)

Janine Halloran is a licensed mental health counselor with over 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and their families. Her goal is to support kids in their social and emotional growth, and to support the family members and school personnel to help meet that goal. Janine started Encourage Play, LLC in December 2013 to help children learn social skills through play to help people learn more about coping skills and strategies to help their children.

Maria Metzler

Maria Metzler

Speech Language Pathologist
Founder, Totally Present Communication and Pyramid Communication & Technology

Maria Metzler is specialized in parent-child/family communication especially for the genetically vulnerable and environmentally fragile. She uses the hybrid communication practice of exploring, stabilizing, and mobilizing the building blocks of effective and meaningful communication within the construct of emotions as the base for lifelong relating. 

The Power of Playful Learning

10:45 a.m.
Speaker: Joyce Hemphill, Ph.D.

Joyce Hemphill

Joyce Hemphill, Ph.D.

Joyce Hemphill received her doctorate in developmental psychology from The Ohio State University and has 30 years of experience teaching undergraduate courses such as infant-child development, cognition, and learning. She retired from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012 and started organizing community play events, speaking and writing on the value of play, giving workshops on ways to play, and teaching classes on the importance of play. Currently Joyce is a board member of the American Association for the Child's Right to Play and Fox Valley (Ill.) Association for the Education of Young Children; is a play advocate with the US Play Coalition and writes a "Playing from Scratch" column for their monthly newsletter. She also recently a published book, The Power of Playful Learning: The Green Edition (Maupin House).

Play! The Doorway to Girls' Math success

11:15 a.m.
Speaker: Karen Tzanetopoulos, M.S., CC,SLP

Karen Tzanetopoulos

Karen Tzanetopoulos, M.S., CC-SLP

Speech and Language Pathologist

Karen Tzanetopoulos specializes in helping children with learning challenges find their best way of learning. She currently owns a private practice, and has previously worked in the public schools, the Chicago Institute for Neurosurgery and Neuroresearch, and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Karen became fascinated with the role that language plays in learning mathematics, and subsequently the National Science Foundation awarded Karen two grants to study the problems that children have in learning mathematics. She is a speaker at a variety of national and regional conferences on the subject of language and math. As a result of her research, she has developed some toys to help all children learn math concepts naturally through play.

Lunch and hands on play

11:45 a.m.

Play in Education News

12:30 p.m.
Speaker: Tim Walsh

Tim Walsh

Tim Walsh

Fearless Leader, The Playmakers

Tim Walsh is a game designer, author, filmmaker and professional speaker. The games he’s designed or co-designed have sold over seven million copies. His books have been praised by The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and NPR. The films he’s co-produced or co-directed have won “Best Documentary” awards in three U.S. film festivals. His lectures on the value of play and connection are the culmination of a 28-year career as an entrePLAYneur.

Design in Educational Games for Children

12:35 p.m.
Speaker: Jennifer L. Miller, Ph.D.

Jennifer Miller

Jennifer L. Miller, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology
Lewis College of Human Sciences, Illinois Institute of Technology

Jennifer Miller’s research interests are focused on the development of communication in complex social networks. Specifically, she is interested in examining the social environment of individuals to relate how vocal and social learning produce effective communicative skills. To examine the complex social interactions, she uses social network techniques that have been commonly used in business applications. Her work has been conducted in both songbirds and children. Jennifer teaches undergraduate courses in early development, learning theories, and introduction to psychology, as well as a graduate course in learning, motivation, and cognition.

Social Emotional Learning Through literacy and math activities

1 p.m.
Speakers: David L Hoyt, Claire Haasl, Jeff Knurek, and Kirk Dietz

David Hoyt

David Hoyt

"The man who puzzles America"

David L. Hoyt is the world’s most-syndicated daily word game creator and the inventor of numerous well-known puzzles, games and brain teasers including USA Today Word Roundup, USA Today Up & Down Words, Jumble Crosswords, TV Jumble, Word Winder, Just 2 Words, and more.

He is the current author of Jumble, the most syndicated daily word game in the world, seen in more than 600 newspapers each day. David’s puzzles and games are featured in newspapers, online, on mobile devices, in books and calendars and more.

Claire Haasl

Claire Haasl

Executive Director, David L. Hoyt Foundation

Claire Haasl grew up in Green Bay, Wisc. and found her path to the University of Illinois at Chicago where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Art History, in 2004. After working for a development corporation for two years, Claire moved to Los Angeles where she earned a Master of Public Art Studies from the University of Southern California. After graduating, Claire and David moved back to Chicago where she began working as an operations and development manager for a non-profit working in arts education. Years later, when David created GIANT Word Winder, Claire saw the potential of the GIANT games and began working with David as an outreach coordinator of Word Winder Inc. In 2015, Claire and David created the David L. Hoyt Education Foundation together because they recognized an increasing need for social emotional learning in young people and knew they had a way to make learning fun. In her spare time, you will find Claire and David hanging out with their dog, Daisy, in Lincoln Square, or globetrotting to all the places on their bucket lists. Claire loves to hike, read, and cook. Recently, Claire became a mountaineer after summiting Mount Kilimanjaro in January of 2017—a 19,341 ft. peak! 

Jeff Knurek

Jeff Knurek

Jumble Cartoonist

Jeff Knurek is an award-winning toy and game inventor, consumer product developer, graphic artist, illustrator, cartoonist, and puzzle creator. In 1989, Jeff invented the outdoor game Spikeball, his first invention to make it to market. Jeff’s other game credits include Family Fun magazine’s “Toy of the Year” award winners for What's In Ned's Head? and Monster Under My Bed. He also develops and licenses children’s magic tricks and products for Las Vegas headliner Mac King. In 2008 Jeff became only the third artist to draw the cartoon for the popular Jumble puzzle which is seen in over 600 newspapers. Jeff took over the art duties when the great Henri Arnold retired. Jeff’s unique humor and style can be seen in the caricatures and fun pop culture references placed throughout his cartoons.

Kirk Dietz

Kirk Dietz

Sixth Grade English Teacher
Sleepy Hollow Middle School, Tarrytown, N.Y.

Kirk Dietz is an educator with over 18 years of experience working as a 6th grade English teacher. Kirk likes incorporating games into his teaching because while the students are playing, they are unknowingly creating conversations about language. Kirk believes that using games like Jumble in his classroom teach students to recognize and use the intricacies and subtleties of language, and these are necessary for their future success. Currently, he is working closely with David Hoyt and his education foundation to infuse play in his classes. The two collaborate in an elective class Kirk teaches called Learning Through Play. Students in this class play and create various games and puzzles to identify the aspects that make them educational, engaging and fun.

Register Today!

Registration include free early access to the fair and lunch. In addition, teachers attending the Roundtable can earn CPDU/CE credits.

Are you on Twitter? Join the conversation by following @IITHumanScience using #IITLewis and #ChiTAG.

Lewis College Roundtable