Presenter: Matthew Farber, Teacher/Adjunct, Denville Township Schools
Matthew Farber is the author of Gamify Your Classroom: A Field Guide to Game-Based Learning (Peter Lang Publishing), a survey of best practices aggregated from interviews with experts-in-the-field of game-based learning. He has since interviewed the designers of Plague, Inc., Pandemic (the board game), and SimCityEDU. In his social studies classroom, he created a project-based learning unit about the Columbian Exchange. Students designed a trading card game of ancient cultures, played SimCityEDU to balancing a virtual city’s systems, and then played Pandemic, a cooperative board game about global disease outbreaks. Connections were made from small pox and the black plague to outbreaks, like Ebola, today. Other games for health that teach interconnected systems will be discussed, including Pox: Save the People and Plague, Inc.