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Amped Up Learning feat. Gregg Williams- 40

Episode Overview

In this episode of Board Gaming with Education, Dustin sits down and talks with the Gregg Williams from Amped Up Learning. Amped Up Learning is a teacher owned company, that strives to make learning fun, engaging and competitive with their unique games and teacher-created lessons. Gregg comes on the show to talk about different games and resources they provide for teachers. Amped Up Learning is also a sponsor of the show and they found a great home here at Board Gaming with Education.

Read more about the episode and take a look at the games they talk about in this episode below.

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Episode Topics

Amped Up Learning with Gregg Williams- 1:09

Amped Up Learning, a teacher owned company, that strives to make
learning fun, engaging and competitive with their unique games and
teacher-created lessons.

Check out their game FRECK!- A new tabletop card game AND classroom resource aimed at teaching your students key social studies vocabulary in an engaging, competitive & creative way. Easy-to-learn game steps, quick-hitting clues & dynamic gameplay make FRECK! a must-have for every history classroom.

Dustin talks with Gregg Williams from Amped Up Learning. Be sure to listen in for the full interview, or read a concise version of the interview below.

What is Amped Up Learning? Amped Up Learning is Gregg Williams and Matt Parker, two history teachers.

A story about learning and gaming: The stock market game was Gregg’s most memorable game. He remembers playing a stock market game in history class when he was younger.

FRECK!: FRECK! is a competitive game for history class with different player and team actions in the game, like the “Rally Card” where everyone on the team has to answer a question based on a topic.

RISK IT!: Students travel across the Silk Road to learn more about world history through taking different risks. Silk Road has a push your luck mechanic to keep the game intersting!

How did Amped Up Learning get started? Gregg and Matt were neighbor teachers who both taught 8th grade. They filled a classroom/teacher need in the history classroom. Based on what was already out there for teachers, there was not something teachers could use to help their students learn in an engaging and innovative way. It took years of playtesting, from sharpie markers to create FRECK! and RISK IT!

Apparel? They also make clever apparel for teachers and history buffs. Check out an example here. If you purchased anything through their site, be sure to use the coupon code, “bgegames”.

Courtesy of Amped Up Learning online store

Teacher Resources: Amped Up Learning also has a curated market for teachers by teachers. Gregg recruits some of the best teachers around the world to create content for their site. They have escape rooms, project-based learning activities, math games, and other teacher resources. If you purchased anything through their site, be sure to use the coupon code, “bgegames”.

Why are games great in the classroom? Game-based learning gives students a unique opportunity to interact with the content. Board games help students to learn through playing in a safe environment. Be sure to listen in to hear more of why Dustin and Gregg use games in their lessons.

What is Amped Up Learning’s Future Plane? Amped Up Learning plans to continue to focus on their history board games, as well as, adding more teacher resources and games for other subjects. Be sure to check out their website, Amped Up Learning, to see what kind of resources they have for you!


Games from the Episode

Throughout the episode several games are mentioned. If any of these games sound like something you might enjoy playing yourself or in your class, you can help support our podcast by purchasing these games through our Amazon affiliate links. We will earn a small commission at no expense to you. Check out the games below:

Gregg’s Desert Island Questionnaire

Risk

Monopoly

Game of Life

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