As we grow as a community we want to highlight members of the Board Gaming with Education community.
If you would like to be considered as an “Edugamer of the Week,” you can fill out the Google Form here. If you would like to nominate someone as “Edugamer of the Week,” you can send an email to podcast@boardgamingwitheducation and include the name of the person, how we can contact them, and why you want to nominate them.
I want to thank Matt for being a member of the Board Gaming with Education community and moderator of our Facebook group. It has been a privilege to get to know Matt since our move back to Los Angeles. He has helped this community grow by being an amazing advocate for games for learning. Thank you for all that you do!
Listen to his appearance on the Board Gaming with Education podcast: https://www.boardgamingwitheducation.com/matt-bivens
About Matt Bivens
I’m a high school art teacher in Los Angeles County, I teach board game design in one type of art class that I teach, and I make board games as a hobby. I have explored bringing STEM concepts into my art classroom and have a masters degree in curriculum and instruction, with a focus in STEAM. The students have a Game Development Guild that has met in my classroom over the past 10 years and I have an after school program called Game Development. In both the club and after school program the students have explored table top and digital games creation.
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What are your current favorite top five games?
- D&D: Fourth Edition
- Star Realms
- Azul Stained Glass of Sintra
What advice do you have for someone who would like to incorporate gaming elements in their learning environment?
Think about the learning experience from a design thinking approach, where you can bring in game or game like experiences for trial and reflection, with the goal of refining what works best for your situation.
Fun Question: What kind of game or game like experience have you incorporated into your educational environment with the most success?
I would say that the game DiXit has been the best fit into my curriculum. It’s used for the Surrealism unit that I do with my Painting course. The students are able to create interesting concepts to paint given the experience of playing the game and interaction with the art.
Is there a current project or anything you are working on that you would like others to check out?
If you’re ever in the same area as me, I would be happy to demonstrate a game that I have designed and I usually have one with me.