The 8-Bit Instructor: Gamification with Michael Matera (EP041)

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Episode 41

This week, Michael Matera joins me to discuss gamification and applying gaming principles into your classroom.

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Boss Battle: Gamification with Michael Matera

Michael Matera (@MrMatera) is a Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based sixth grade teacher and the author of eXPlore Like a Pirate: Gamification and Game-Inspired Course Design to Engage, Enrich and Elevate Your Learners. Michael is a 2015 ASCD Emerging Leader with over a decade of teaching experience using interactive play, passion and purpose-driven learning to transform the classroom in international, public and private schools. A nationally recognized speaker, consultant and presenter, Michael is the host of the long-running WellPlayED education podcast and the founder of the annual Hive Summit, an annual event hosted every summer that welcomes thousands of teachers from around the world to a rich and dynamic online speaker lineup of free PD.

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Music by David Fesliyan (

  • Intro/Outro: “Retro Platforming”
  • Boss Battle: “Boss Battle Rock”
  • Crew Member’s Board: “Pirate Dance”
  • Wrap up: “Game Over” by Patrick de Arteaga

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