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Pandemics, Interconnected Systems
and Game-Based Learning
Matthew Farber
About Matthew Farber
I teach social studies at Valleyview Middle School, in Denville, New
Jersey. I hold a Master's Degree...
mattfarber1@gmail.com
@MatthewFarber
matthewfarber.com
Links: tinyurl.com/PandemicSPC
What Are Games?
Games Are SYSTEMS With Four
Interconnected Components
1. Goal
2. Rules (Constraints)
3. Components
4. Core Mechanics
5. Sp...
A Game’s Core Mechanics Set a
System of Play in Motion
 Core Mechanics are what you do over and over in a
game.
 Example...
Systems in Science
Systems in ELA
Spread of the Black Death through Afro-Eurasia
Systems in History
The Challenge:
How to Make This
Interesting to a Kid?!
Using Pandemics to Teach
the Columbian Exchange
Flip the Learning
Game Jam
Meso-American
Trading Cards
Modeled After
Trading Card Games
Student-Created Games
Student-Created Games
Student-Created Games
Student-Created Games
Student-Created Games
Next, Students Master
SimCityEDU’s Systems
SimCityEDU
GlassLab Games’ Reports
Formative Assessment
Summative Assessment
Boss Level
Incas,
Meet the Conquistadors
PBS Learning Multimedia
Pox: Save the People
Pox: Save the People
Pandemic:
The Cooperative Board Game
Rules
Pandemic’s Cards
Pandemic’s Roles
You kind of turn everyone into superheroes.
--Matt Leacock
Pandemic’s Roles
Pandemic’s Roles
Pandemic Parties
Plague, Inc.
Plague, Inc.’s Ebola Appeal
mattfarber1@gmail.com
@MatthewFarber
matthewfarber.com
Links: tinyurl.com/PandemicSPC
THANK YOU!
Matthew Farber - Pandemics, Interconnected Systems and Game-Based Learning
Matthew Farber - Pandemics, Interconnected Systems and Game-Based Learning
Matthew Farber - Pandemics, Interconnected Systems and Game-Based Learning
Matthew Farber - Pandemics, Interconnected Systems and Game-Based Learning
Matthew Farber - Pandemics, Interconnected Systems and Game-Based Learning
Matthew Farber - Pandemics, Interconnected Systems and Game-Based Learning
Matthew Farber - Pandemics, Interconnected Systems and Game-Based Learning
Matthew Farber - Pandemics, Interconnected Systems and Game-Based Learning
Matthew Farber - Pandemics, Interconnected Systems and Game-Based Learning
Matthew Farber - Pandemics, Interconnected Systems and Game-Based Learning
Matthew Farber - Pandemics, Interconnected Systems and Game-Based Learning
Matthew Farber - Pandemics, Interconnected Systems and Game-Based Learning
Matthew Farber - Pandemics, Interconnected Systems and Game-Based Learning
Matthew Farber - Pandemics, Interconnected Systems and Game-Based Learning
Matthew Farber - Pandemics, Interconnected Systems and Game-Based Learning
Matthew Farber - Pandemics, Interconnected Systems and Game-Based Learning
Matthew Farber - Pandemics, Interconnected Systems and Game-Based Learning
Matthew Farber - Pandemics, Interconnected Systems and Game-Based Learning
Matthew Farber - Pandemics, Interconnected Systems and Game-Based Learning
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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.

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Matthew Farber - Pandemics, Interconnected Systems and Game-Based Learning

  1. 1. Pandemics, Interconnected Systems and Game-Based Learning Matthew Farber
  2. 2. About Matthew Farber I teach social studies at Valleyview Middle School, in Denville, New Jersey. I hold a Master's Degree in Educational Technology from New Jersey City University, where I am a Doctoral Candidate in Educational Technology Leadership.
  3. 3. mattfarber1@gmail.com @MatthewFarber matthewfarber.com Links: tinyurl.com/PandemicSPC
  4. 4. What Are Games?
  5. 5. Games Are SYSTEMS With Four Interconnected Components 1. Goal 2. Rules (Constraints) 3. Components 4. Core Mechanics 5. Space (“The Magic Circle”)
  6. 6. A Game’s Core Mechanics Set a System of Play in Motion  Core Mechanics are what you do over and over in a game.  Examples:  Arguing  Trading  Voting  Exploring  Jumping  Guessing  Role-Playing  Resource management (time is a resource)  Press your luck
  7. 7. Systems in Science
  8. 8. Systems in ELA
  9. 9. Spread of the Black Death through Afro-Eurasia Systems in History
  10. 10. The Challenge: How to Make This Interesting to a Kid?!
  11. 11. Using Pandemics to Teach the Columbian Exchange
  12. 12. Flip the Learning
  13. 13. Game Jam
  14. 14. Meso-American Trading Cards
  15. 15. Modeled After Trading Card Games
  16. 16. Student-Created Games
  17. 17. Student-Created Games
  18. 18. Student-Created Games
  19. 19. Student-Created Games
  20. 20. Student-Created Games
  21. 21. Next, Students Master SimCityEDU’s Systems
  22. 22. SimCityEDU
  23. 23. GlassLab Games’ Reports
  24. 24. Formative Assessment
  25. 25. Summative Assessment
  26. 26. Boss Level
  27. 27. Incas, Meet the Conquistadors
  28. 28. PBS Learning Multimedia
  29. 29. Pox: Save the People
  30. 30. Pox: Save the People
  31. 31. Pandemic: The Cooperative Board Game
  32. 32. Rules
  33. 33. Pandemic’s Cards
  34. 34. Pandemic’s Roles You kind of turn everyone into superheroes. --Matt Leacock
  35. 35. Pandemic’s Roles
  36. 36. Pandemic’s Roles
  37. 37. Pandemic Parties
  38. 38. Plague, Inc.
  39. 39. Plague, Inc.’s Ebola Appeal
  40. 40. mattfarber1@gmail.com @MatthewFarber matthewfarber.com Links: tinyurl.com/PandemicSPC THANK YOU!

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