“Education must be entertaining and dynamic.” – Julio A. Santiago Quirós
As a student in the Design and Game Development program at Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Julio Alberto Santiago Quirós has been working steadily toward his dream of founding a video gaming company. During his studies, Santiago was introduced to Learning Forward, a Puerto Rican company that supports the effective use of technology. This encounter so inspired Santiago, he focused his efforts on the creation of educational games.
“People now understand that videogames help develop certain skills and students can really learn from them,” says Santiago. “So the most exciting innovation that is happening right now is that people are taking videogames seriously and we’re using these opportunities to make entertaining educational video games.”
Through technological immersion workshops, Santiago developed a broader view of the world of educational gaming at the enterprise level. And he and his peers took their experiences to heart. “We are creating two educational video games for the development of mathematical skills,” says Santiago. “We’ve had the opportunity to go to some schools to show the three videogames we’re working on. All three are related to math problem solving — we’ve integrated complementary and supplementary angles,coordinates and multiplication. The students played the games and gave us feedback.”
In addition to receiving student feedback, Santiago’s work was recognized by the country’s Education Secretary, who acknowledged that video games are an effective way to teach. I’m happy to share today’s Daily Edventure – Julio Santiago – another inspiring innovator who is already changing the face of education today. Enjoy!
What drew you to the field of education? Why is it important to you?
Giving students the opportunity to learn in an attractive and entertaining way. This is very important to me because the students are motivated to study and they have fun while they learn.
Can you tell us about a favorite teacher, or someone who made a difference in your education?
There are many that have made a difference, including my electronics teacher when I was in high school, Luis R. Cañuelas, and my programming professors, Jose M. de Abonguez and Jose A. Rodriguez. They gave me opportunities to grow as a professional.
In your opinion, how has the use of apps, cellphones, and mobile devices changed/is changing education? And your work?
The use of apps and mobile devices give students all the information they need on the Internet, and it’s easy to access.
Is there a 21st century skill (critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, or creativity and innovation) that you are most passionate about? Why?
Communication and collaboration, because when we’re working as a team, we put together all of our knowledge and we come up with incredible results.
If you could give one educational tool to every child in the world, what would it be? Why?
Books. It is important to read and expand their knowledge with important information.
What is your country doing well currently to support education?
They’re supporting technology in the classroom.
How must education change in your country/region to ensure that students are equipped to thrive in the 21st century?
Education must be entertaining and dynamic. Schools have to help teach students how to use technology correctly, integrate resources on the Internet, and apply them in the classroom.
About Julio A. Santiago Quirós
Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, Recinto Bayamón
Carolina, Puerto Rico
- Birthplace: Carolina, Puerto Rico
- Current residence: Carolina, Puerto Rico
- Website I check every day: IGN.com
- Person who inspires me most: I have a lot of people who inspire me, including family, professors and friends.
- Favorite childhood memory: When I got my first videogame console.
- Favorite book: Marvel Comics
- Favorite music: Hard rock
- What is the best advice you have ever received? When you’re doing something, keep it simple.
- Your favorite quote or motto: “Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.” – Rabindranath Tagore