How are expert educators using games in their classrooms to give students agency, while also teaching twenty-first century skills, like empathy, systems thinking, and design thinking? This question has motivated Matthew Farber’s Game-Based Learning in Action: How an Expert Affinity Group Teaches With Games showcasing how one affinity group of K12 educators—known as "The Tribe"—teaches with games. They are transformational leaders outside the classroom, in communities of practice. They mentor and lead newcomers to game-based learning, as well as advise game developers, academics, and policymakers.
Teachers in "The Tribe" do not teach in isolation—they share, support, and mentor each other in a community of practice. Farber shares his findings about the social practices of these educators. Game-Based Learning in Action details how the classrooms of expert game-based learning teachers function, from how they rollout games to how they assess learning outcomes.
There are plenty of lessons to be learned from the best practices of expert educators. These teachers use games to provide a shared meaningful experience for students. Games are often the focal point of instruction. Featuring a foreword from James Paul Gee (Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies, and Regents’ Professor), this book comments on promises and challenges of game-based learning in twenty-first century classrooms. If you are looking to innovate your classroom with playful and gameful learning practices, then Game-Based Learning in Action is for you!
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2018. XVI, 238 pp., 12 b/w ill.
Matthew Farber, Ed.D. is Assistant Professor in the Technology, Innovation, and Pedagogy Program at the
University of Northern Colorado. His research is at the intersection of teacher education, learning technologies, and game-based
learning. Dr. Farber has been invited to the White House, and he has been interviewed about games and learning by NPR, Fox
News Radio, USA TODAY, and The Wall Street Journal. He is also an Edutopia blogger, a Certified BrainPOP
Educator, and he is in the iCivics Educator Network. His first book, Gamify Your Classroom: A Field Guide to Game-Based
Learning, Revised Edition features a foreword from USA TODAY's Greg Toppo. To learn more, visit: MatthewFarber.com.