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9th Annual Games in Education Symposium
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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.

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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. Dr. Farber is an Edutopia blogger and cohost of Ed Got Game, on the BAM! Radio Network, and is a BrainPOP Certified Educator. He was a recipient of a Geraldine... Read More →
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Steve Isaacs

Teacher, Bernards Township Board of Ed
Steve has been a gamer since the days of Atari and his Apple II+. His parents were initially concerned with how consumed he was with technology. Now they chuckle as he has created a career around his passion. Steve has been teaching Video Game Design and Development for 15 years, starting with his innovative programming at Liberty Corner Computing, the interactive training and gaming center that he and his wife owned and operated for 10 years... Read More →


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

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