Matthew Farber

Valleyview Middle School
Abstract: "Game-Based Learning as Designed Experiences".

Games can be defined as a series of meaningful choices. In this workshop, Matthew Farber will discuss his research pertaining to how leaders in game-based learning communities of practice use games and gamification in practice. Implementation and assessment strategies, as well as ideas for best practices, will be reviewed. He will also engage participants in playing the commercial, social deduction card game, One Night Ultimate Werewolf—which was featured by the presenter in Edutopia. Mr. Farber used the game as a model in his middle school social studies classroom. Students played and then remade the game to align with course content, in this case, the Salem Witch Trials. He consulted with the game's designer, too, making the activity truly authentic. The project was Common Core-aligned to claims-based argumentation skills.


Matthew Farber teaches social studies at Valleyview Middle School in Denville, New Jersey. He also is an adjunct instructor, an Edutopia blogger, and co-host of Ed Got Game, on the BAM! Radio Network. Matthew is a Doctoral Candidate in Educational Technology Leadership at New Jersey City University and he is the author of the book, Gamify Your Classroom: A Field Guide to Game-Based Learning. Follow Matthew on Twitter@MatthewFarber