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Student Game Jams

Thursday, January 7, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

student game design

Presented by Matthew Farber, social studies teacher and educational technology adjunct; with Steve Isaacs, teacher and game design and development
Co-hosted by Games4Ed, ISTE GSN, ISTE VEN, and the Education Technology Industry Network of SIIA


Game jams have been growing in popularity across school campuses and in out-of-school programs. In October 2014, the White House hosted its first game jam, inviting designers from around the country. A game jam tasks designers with creating games in a short time period based on a challenge or a theme. In essence, it is a game about making a game.

In this webinar, Matthew Farber shared his experiences using tabletop game jams in his middle school social studies classes as well as his digital game jams in the after-school club he advises. He was joined by Steve Isaacs, who spoke about his use of game jams in his middle school video game design class. Steve and Matthew also discussed the game jam project that the Games4Ed Initiative is currently developing. Watch to learn how you can bring game jams to your school.

This webinar is geared toward K-12 teachers and game developers who are interested in mentoring for game jams.

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matthew farber


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



steve isaacsSteve Isaacs teaches video game design and development at William Annin Middle School in New Jersey and online for Virtual High School. Steve is one of the founding members of the Games4Ed Initiative and he is a lead on its game jam group which is currently developing a large-scale program to bring game jams to budding game developers around the country. Follow Steve on Twitter at @mr_isaacs.




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If you miss the live session, a link to view the recording will be sent within 24 hours of the live event.


Thursday, January 7, 2016
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST
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