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Friday, August 7 • 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Interactive Fiction: Game Design Across the Curriculum

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Presenters: Steve Isaacs, Matthew Farber

Interactive fiction (IF) is a genre of games in which the player makes choices to determine the outcome of a threaded narrative. Because it is text-driven, interactive fiction has a low barrier to adoption for classroom use. Matthew Farber will discuss his use of IF to teach systems thinking and empathy to his middle school social studies students. Steve Isaacs uses a variety of IF tools to provide opportunities for his Game Design and Development students to create Text Based Adventure Games. Tools like Inklewriter and Twine will be demonstrated and other Interactive Fiction resources will be provided.

Interactive Fiction is a great point of entry to game based learning in any area of the curriculum.

Speakers
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Matt Farber

Teacher, Adjunct Instructor, Doctorate, New Jersey City University
Matthew Farber, Ed.D. teaches social studies at Valleyview Middle School, in Denville, New Jersey. He holds a Doctorate Degree in Educational Technology Leadership from New Jersey City University, where he is an adjunct instructor. He is also a part-time lecturer at Rutgers University... Read More →
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Steve Isaacs

Teacher, Game Design and Development, Esports Advisor, Bernards township public schools
Steve Isaacs has been teaching since 1992. In 1998 began teaching in Bernards Township, NJ where he developed an internationally recognized middle and high school game development program. Steve is a pioneer in using VR and AR in the classroom. He is a champion for student choice... Read More →


Friday August 7, 2015 3:30pm - 4:15pm EDT
Room 202 Tech Valley High School, 246 Tricentennial Drive, Albany, NY 12203

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