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Games for Learning in Art and Teaching Game Design feat. Matt Bivens – 90

Episode Overview

  • Episode Topics and Interviews
    • Board Gaming with Education Updates- Remote Adventure! – 00:20
    • Who is Matt Bivens? – 2:15
    • Matt’s Experience with at School – 4:32
    • Using Games to Learn – 8:36
    • Matt’s Journey with Games – 11:35
    • Is Using Games in Education a Natural Process? – 16:50
    • Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down Rapid Fire Round – 39:12

In this week’s episode of Board Gaming with Education, Dustin chats with Matt Bivens about his role as an art teacher. Dustin and Matt address the topic of games for learning, and Matt dives deeper into his experience teaching game design. Be sure to listen in and check out Matt’s blog Table with Matt Bivens.

Website: https://sites.google.com/view/tablewithmattbivens/home

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bivensartclass/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/matthew.t.bivens

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BivensArtClass

Email: tablewithmattbivens@gmail.com

Thank you to Purple Planet Music for the wonderful contributions of their songs “Retro Gamer” for our Interview Segment Segment. This song can be found in full on this music archive. Also, thank you to Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) for his creative commons 4.0 contribution of “Getting it Done” for our Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down Rapid Fire Round.

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Updates from Board Gaming with Education – 0:20

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Who is Matt Bivens? – 2:15

We learn about Matt Bivens, and his time playing at open mics. We also get to hear about his experience teaching art and game design.

Matthew Bivens is an art teacher at Granada Hills Charter High School in Los Angeles County. Within a variety of types of art classes, Matthew uses game-based learning and teaches the process of designing games. In earning a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction a foundation action research, with use of the iterative process of creating project-based learning experiences that bring STEM into Art. A hobby board game designer and songwriter that plays stringed instruments, Matthew has begun to invite others to listen to his thoughts as he shares his experiences, research, and resources through his new blog, Table with Matt Bivens.

Matt’s Experience at School – 4:32

Matt shares his teaching day and gives a brief overview of the classes he teaches. He talks about his art classes and his “Design Craft” class where he focuses on craft skills and design thinking. We also learn a bit about his student club, “The Game Design Guild” and his after school club about game development, art, and design.

Using Games to Learn – 8:36

Matt talks about his experience deciding on his Master’s degree and earning his Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. He shares his experience when he first considered using games for learning when he attended a session put on by Brena Romero.

Matt’s Journey with Games – 11:35

Matt shares a story about Kings in the Corner playing with his grandma and other relatives. He also tells a story about first getting into role-playing games and buying his red-box edition of Dungeon & Dragons [affiliate link]. He also shares how he went from games as a hobby to games for learning, teaching game design, and even designing games of his own.

Is Using Games in Education a Natural Process? – 16:50

Matt talks about using games in teaching and talks about his game lexicon. For him, having a game lexicon is very important when implementing games. He gives advice to other teachers that want to use games in teaching. Start simple and know the game or game mechanics you are implementing. Try to also find a game that lines up with a specific moment in your curriculum. Be sure to also understand how it fits into your curriculum, so the game has a very apparent educational relevance. Matt also shares how he implemented the game “Dixit” [affiliate link] for a surrealism lesson in his class. He also shares some other games for other disciplines. The segment ends with Matt discussing how he went from the first time merging games with education to using his experience teaching and designing games to the class it is today.

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down Rapid Fire Round – 39:12

Dustin challenges Matt with some rapid-fire statements to see their unsolicited opinions on them. Be sure to tune in to hear his answers!

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