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Teacher Edition: Board Games, Business, and STEAM feat. Byron and Angel from Kanga Games – 020

Teacher Edition- Episode 20: Board Games, Business, and STEAM feat. Byron and Angel from Kanga Games!

Episode Overview

In this “Teacher Edition” episode of Board Gaming with English, Dustin and Rich talk to Byron and Angel about their experience running a board game business in Taiwan. Byron shares his experience as a teacher and how he has implemented board games in his lessons. Byron and Angel founded Kanga Games in 2005 with a mission to promote quality time with family and friends through playing the best board games and card games from around the world.  In the episode, Byron discusses board games in English language classrooms, his experience running a board game business in Taiwan, and talks a bit about Kanga Games’ STEAM-based workshops.

Be sure to check out Kanga Games! 

Read more about the episode and take a look at the games they talk about in this episode below.
Our new Facebook Group for Educators: Games-based Learning, Gamification, and Games in Education
Our new Facebook Group for English language learners: Using Board Games (and other Games) to Learn English
Thank you to Revolution Void for their wonderful contribution of a segment of their song “How Exciting” for our introduction. The song can be found in full on this music archive.
Thank you to Purple Planet Music for their song “Mumbai Mood” on our Desert Island Questionnaire Segment: http://www.purple-planet.com

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Episode Topics

Bryon and Angel from Kanga Games

Byron
From the land down under. Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Western Australia (UWA)
Has been teaching for more than 20 years (oh dear.. that sounds ooooold)
Currently: Choral conductor, Music teacher and EFL teacher at Our Lady of Providence Girls’ High School (2002 – present)
Cleaner at Kanga Games
Previously: taught music in Australian government schools (class music, instrumental music, choral conductor), musical director of Unto Him Productions, musical director of Anglican Youth Ministries (Western Australia),  Choral director of Praise Choral and Swan Harmony Choir
Angel
From Taiwan. Bachelor of Business Administration, taught English for 14 years but now dedicates her time completely to Kanga Games, basically doing everything (including Byron’s job).
Kanga Games
Kanga Games was founded in 2005 by a couple of funky, game-loving teachers (the two guys mentioned above)  with a mission to promote quality time with family and friends through playing the best board games and card games from around the world.  Since our humble beginnings, Kanga Games has grown to become one of the leading sources of family games, party games, children’s games, educational games and puzzles in Greater China and Southeast Asia. We not only represent some of the best award-winning publishers from around the world, but also publish our own games in localized languages. Our catalog has grown to more than 700 titles including more than 70 games published under the Kanga Games brand. Besides publishing and distribution, Kanga Games is very active in the education community – running workshops for educators in Taiwan and around Asia, working with teachers in promoting the benefits of board games to families, children and schools and teaching board game classes to children of all ages,  and cooperating with many charity organizations for underprivileged children, children’s hospitals and orphanages around Taiwan.
Desert Island Questionnaire
Byron: Forbidden Island, Yo-ho (Loot), Zooranga
Angel: We Will Rock You, Strike a Pose, Forbidden Island

Using Board Games to Learn

Bryon talked about three amazing games he used in his class: Who Would Win?, iMagidice, and Strike a pose. Below is a brief explanation of how Byron has used these games in his class. Be sure to listen in, for the full explanation and to hear Byron share his experience with the games!
If any of these games sound like something you might enjoy playing personally 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.

Who Would Win?

Who Would Win? is a debate focused game. Students compete to decide who is the best at something. Usually, funny characters are used and crazy tasks need to be completed. For example, who would be the better pizza tosser, a t-rex or an elephant?

iMagidice


iMagidice is a great classroom tool that comes with lesson plans to help you use them in your classroom!

Strike a Pose

Strike a pose is a quirky game where players need to strike a pose based on the word they received.

Kanga Games and Board Games in Taiwan

Dustin, Rich, Byron, and Angel talk about how board games have experienced a boom in the past few years. Byron talks about his experience of starting a business with Angel and their decision to start a board game business in Taiwan. Byron discusses how social skills are great for society as a whole and as amazing teaching tools.

Kanga Games in the Community

Byron shares how Kanga Games gets involved in the community through workshops, visiting schools, and helping teachers and others in the community discover the potential of board games. Kanga Games runs several workshops through the year. Check out their upcoming workshop in Chinese and English!

Kanga Games Workshops

Kanga Games has a workshop coming to Taiwan in September in Taipei and Kaohsiung based on STEAM. In their upcoming workshop, it will focus on 2 games and how to use them to teach Science, Technology, Engineering, Art (including Music) and Math (STEAM). Half of the day will be in English and the other half in Chinese. A booklet with more than 20 hours of class activities/lessons will be provided.


Games in this Episode

Dustin, Rich, Byron, and Angel talk about and mention several different games during this episode. If any of these games sound like something you might enjoy playing personally 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:

Byron’s Desert Island Questionnaire

Forbidden Island

Twilight Imperium 

Galaxy Trucker 

Angel’s Desert Island Questionnaire

We Will Rock You Board Game

Strike a Pose

Forbidden Island

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