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Board Games for Learning Programs feat. Matt Pinchuck – 107

Episode Overview

  • Episode Topics
    • Board Gaming with Education Updates- GBL Course 00:53
    • Who is Matt Pinchuck? – 3:57
    • Learning through Gaming: Rulebooks and History Games – 6:20
    • Getting into Games – 9:40
    • Pitching Games for Education – 15:30
    • All Aboard Games – 18:36
    • The Games that Work Best – 22:00
    • Last Words of Advice: Get the Game to the Table! – 22:36
    • Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down Rapid Fire Round – 27:33

On this week’s episode of Board Gaming with Education Dustin interviews Matt Pinchuk. Matt is the owner of All Aboard Games, a Montreal-based company that provides schools and educators with games-based learning programs. The two dive deep into how the player agency that is present in modern board games aids in their educational value and how Matt pitches the distinction to educators that might be used to more traditional games. We learn about All Aboard Games and get Matt’s views on games-based learning and what he’s doing to share those ideas and grow his company.

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Website: www.allaboardgameskids.com

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Media (Elementary school rolls dice on learning style that blends play and creativity)

Media (Montreal man quits job, works to inspire kids to replace screens with board games)

Thank you to Purple Planet Music for the wonderful contribution of their song “Retro Gamer” for our Interview 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.

Thank you to Dallas Welk, the editor of this episode!

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Updates from Board Gaming with Education – 0:35

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Who is Matt Pinchuck? – 3:57

We are introduced to Scott Kelly, educator and designer of the educational game Mathemagician’s Duel and co-founder of the game company, BSGames. We also learn about his background in gaming and his time working at Games Workshop.

Matt Pinchuk is the founder of All Aboard Games, a board game based in-class service provider for schools and other academic organizations. A few years ago he decided to leave his career as a genetic toxicologist and pursue something he felt would be even more rewarding. He has always believed that board games could be used as learning tools and knew he could implement structured programming for schools to aid students in terms of both their cognitive and social development. 

We’ve been extremely successful in doing just this and have been able to run hundreds of programs with more than 15000 students in just 2 short years. We hope to bring these opportunities to more schools in cities across Canada and the USA in the near future.

Learning through Gaming: Rulebooks and History – 6:20

Matt goes through a few experiences he had learning through playing historical-based games. He also shares his obsession with rulebooks.

Getting into Games and then Transforming that Passion into a Company – 15:39

Dustin asks Matt to share his first moments with board games and how that influenced him to start his company.

Pitching Games for Education – 15:30

Matt reveals how he pitches to educators the idea of games-based learning.

All Aboard Games – 18:36

Matt fills us in on the four points listed on the All Aboard Games’ website and how they correspond to the benefits of game-based learning.

The Games that Work Best – 22:00

Matt fills us in on the four points listed on the All Aboard Games’ website and how they correspond to the benefits of game-based learning.

Last Words of Advice: Get the Game to the Table! – 23:36

Dustin asks Matt to give a last word of advice for anyone trying to introduce games-based learning to a classroom.

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down Rapid Fire Round – 27:33

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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