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Explore Like a Pirate: Gamification and Game-Inspired Course Design to Engage, Enrich and Elevate Your Learners Paperback – December 5, 2015
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Explore Like a PIRATE inspires a creative and collaborative learning space grounded by powerful pedagogy.
- Jamie Brooker, Co-founder & Chief Creative Officer, Kahoot!
Turn your class into an adventure! Explore Like a Pirate is a must read for teachers looking to energize and excite their students.
- Alice Keeler, Author of 50 Things You Can Do with Google Classroom
Engagement is not a myth, make it reality with this motivating, practical book for teachers everywhere. I highly recommend Explore Like a Pirate.
- Vicki Davis, Teacher, BAM! Radio Host of Every Classroom Matters, & Author
"Well played, Mr. Matera!"
Steve Isaacs, Teacher, Video Game Design and Development
Matera plots both the why and the how to make learning (and teaching) more engaging and fun in and out of the classroom."
- Adam Bellow, Founder and President of eduTecher and eduClipper
If you think motivation, engagement and passion are golden doubloons in the learning treasure chest, Michael's book, Explore Like a Pirate, can provide you with a map and compelling directions to help you find your way to the big, black X.
- Kevin Honeycutt, International Speaker and Educational Futurist
Explore Like a Pirate will empower you to set sail for a new land of learning!
- James Sanders, Founder of Breakout EDU
Explore Like a Pirate is a must-have tool in the arsenal of the innovative teacher. The book effectively paints a picture of gamification, detailing the many benefits to students, such as allowing them to take ownership of their learning, while cultivating soft skills such as collaboration and empathy. This can be used by any educator for any subject and any age group, and the book will tell you exactly how to do it!
- Sarah Thomas, Speaker & Regional Technology Coordinator
- Wesley Fryer, Ph.D., Author of Playing with Media & Show What You Know With Media
Michael Matera takes the concept of gaming & explains it in terms that could make sense to any educator. It's easy to read with actionable ideas you can use in your classroom immediately.
Matera takes his years of practical knowledge in using game-based education and anchors it in an entertaining, yet user-friendly, guide that teachers can read today and use tomorrow to get their students having fun while being actively engaged in content. He understands today's learner and provides helpful tips and strategies for teachers to transform their learning environments into one that encourages students to intrinsically take risks, persevere, collaborate, and 'level-up' as they exponentially grow like never before!
- Erin Klein, Teacher, Keynote, and Author
About the Author
Michael Matera has taught for more than a decade using interactive play, passion and purpose-driven learning to transform the classroom in international, public and private schools.
He is a pioneer in the field of education, using gamification and technology to increase authentic student engagement and content acquisition. Along with being a full time teacher at University School of Milwaukee, Michael is also a nationally-known presenter and international consultant of game-based learning. He was named one of ASCD Emerging Leaders in 2015 for infusing best practices in the field with accessible gamified teaching methods. He is also an educational BamRadio talk show host and blogger, whose mission is to build connections among innovative, global educators.
Michael is driven to transform education through theoretical and technological applications that identify and inspire limitless learning thresholds in ourselves and in our students. Join the transformation of education by visiting his website, mrmatera.com, co-founded an educational blog, edbean.com and on Twitter @mrmatera.
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Thanks to Michael Matera I have successfully been gamifying my class for a year and a half! When I found out he was writing this book I knew I had to get it! Gamification truly works, and gets students invested in the learning process, and there is no better teacher you can learn about this subject from than Michael Matera! I've seen the amazing things he does with students on his Twitter feed, and you cannot doubt the impact gamification has played in his classroom. He teaches you that there are always new ways to up the level of gamification in your classroom. Whether you are a beginner to gamification or a veteran this book is for you! Michael keeps it simple in this book in the best way possible! He has created the most practical book on gamification I have ever seen. He makes this book quick and easy to read, and gives you a field guide to help you get started. I learned so many new mechanics that I can't wait to start incorporating in my gamified classroom. This is a book you can keep coming back to for inspiration and find new layers to add to your game for many years to come! I love that he gives you a "treasure chest" filled with challenges, items, side quests, and badge ideas! The best part about his ideas is that you can start implementing them immediately! I've already used his graffiti and mystery box challenges and students loved them!
If you are new to gamification absolutely read this book! You will not regret diving into the adventure, and better yet your students will thank you!
This is the second Pirate book I read, with Dave Burgess's 'Teach Like A Pirate' being the first. While Burgess wrote some truly amazing material, I feel Michael Matera did an equally great job (maybe even better!) of increasing my output as an educator. He's also highly involved in the gamification community, so this book is only the beginning of having Matera become your colleague in the game of gamifying. This is a must-read for anyone looking to gamify their classroom. You will not be sorry!