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Serious Play Conference Speakers Preview: Dr. Matthew Farber

How are educators using Serious Games in their classrooms to give students agency, while also teaching 21st Century skills of empathy, systems thinking, and design thinking?

This question has motivated Dr. Matthew Farber's research about educators who are experts of game-based learning, and now informs his current inquiry into teachers who view themselves as learning designers.

Farber will share findings from his dissertation research, which was expanded to a forthcoming book, Game-Based Learning in Action: How an Expert Affinity Group Teaches with Games (Peter Lang Academic, 2017). The book is about how one particular affinity group of K12 educators-known as "The Tribe"- teach with games. It details how classrooms of expert game-based learning teachers functions-from how they rollout games to how they assess learning outcomes.

Matt will give his webinar Thursday, Jun 8 at 4 p.m. PST, 7 p.m. EST.   

This presentation is being provided by Serious Play Conference as a preview of speakers who will be at the 2017 conference, this year July 18-20 at George Mason University's Science and Technology Campus in Manhassas, VA, near Dulles Airport.

For information on Serious Play Conference, an annual gathering of thought leaders in the serious games industry, go to

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Bio on Speaker

Matthew Farber, Ed.D. is a social studies teacher at Valleyview Middle School in Denville, New Jersey.

He is also an adjunct instructor at New Jersey City University, a part-time lecturer at Rutgers University, an Edutopia blogger, and cohost on Ed Got Game on the BAM Radio Network. Dr. Farber was a recipient of a Geraldine R. Dodge Teacher Fellowship, a Woodrow Wilson HistoryQuest Fellowship, and is a Certified BrainPOP Educator and a PBS Local Digital Innovator.

His book, Gamify Your Classroom: A Field Guide to Game-Based Learning, from Peter Lang Academic, is available from Amazon.

Coming Up: 

Positive Teen Development Through Games
Heidi McDonald
Turn Your Classroom into a Global Cultural Learning Opportunity
David Conover
Engaging At Risk Students
David Crusoe

2017 Serious Play Conference: July 18-20 at George Mason University