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Veteran Teacher Talks Games and Education – 93

Episode Overview

  • Episode Topics and Interviews
    • Board Gaming with Education Updates- Patreon – 00:20
    • Who is Rodger Moore? – 1:20
    • The “Stumble” into Game-based Learning – 6:21
    • Interacting with Students – 14:38
    • Tips for Integrating Games in the Classroom – 19:50
    • Student Engagement – 33:22
    • Learning, Education, and Games, Volume 3: 100 Games to Use in the Classroom and Beyond – 37:45
    • Last Words of Advice: Do Your Homework! – 42:16
    • Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down Rapid Fire Round & Desert Island Questionaire – 46:13

Dustin has the privilege to talk to game-based science teacher, Rodger Moore, and asks him about his experiences with integrating games in the classroom. Rodger teaches in Reno, Nevada and has a career in education that spans about 25 years where he has enjoyed finding ways to allow games to enrich the educational experience of his students. Rodger gives veteran tips on breaking into game-based education. We also learn about his contribution to the book Learning, Education & Games, Volume 3: 100 Games to Use in the Classroom & Beyond as well his plans to retire so he can focus creatively on developing lesson plans based on games.


Twitter: @Evolvingmoore

Email: RodgerM@everythingboardgames.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 – 0:28

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Who is Rodger Moore? – 1:20

Rodger Moore is a veteran teacher who frequently incorporates gaming in his classes. He shares the story of how he got into teaching.

Rodger has been a high school science teacher for the last twenty-five years and will be retiring this August!  He has taught a variety of science subjects during his teaching career (Biology, Life Science, Microbiology, Physical Science, and Environmental Science).  He was also the technology coordinator at his school for five years.  He always integrated gaming of some kind into his lessons during his career, whether this was computer games (Sim-Life) or board games which he started using back in 2016 as part of his lessons to help understand content.  He is pursuing an idea of designing lessons that teachers can use board games as another tool to help students.  He will be getting that information out as he builds it.  This started with a great deal of help from Lindsay Portnoy (Killer Snails and Biome Builder) by allowing him to help her publish an article in the book: Learning, Education & Games: 100 games to use in Education and Beyond.  He is also working with John Coveyou from Genius Games.  I cannot wait to pursue this further.  He will also be moving into working at a local game store when he retires. 

The “Stumble” into Game-based Learning – 6:21

Rodger tells us how he started integrating gaming into his lessons. He tells about his early years using digital gaming, like Quizdom and Sim games, before eventually moving to tabletop games.

Interacting with Students – 14:38

We learn Rodger’s ideas on student interaction and its importance in these days where phone use could potentially become a problem in the classroom.

Tips for Integrating Games in the Classroom – 19:50

Rodger stresses the need to keep things simple when starting with games-based learning. You should also make sure that you play and know the games you are trying to introduce. He gives tips for searching for resources that could help out a first-time game-based educator.

Student Engagement – 33:22

Rodger goes through some of his experiences with judging the engagement of his students when playing games. He also makes various suggestions for increasing student engagement.

Learning, Education, & Games, Volume 3: 100 Games to Use in the Classroom and Beyond – 37:45

Rodger gives his thoughts and experience in writing an article for Learning, Education & Games, Volume 3: 100 Games to Use in the Classroom & Beyond.

Last Words of Advice: Do Your Homework! – 42:16

Dustin asks Rodger for one last tip for anyone looking to bring games into their classroom. Do your homework on the game, start simple, and play games!

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down Rapid Fire Round – 46:13

Dustin challenges Rodger 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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