Games and Play Based Learning in Middle and High School

Play can be used to teach. C. Ross Flatt from the Institute of Play, talks about exemplars and best practices for play in the middle and high school classrooms.

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C. Ross Flatt's Bio as Submitted

C. Ross Flatt is the Director of Programs and Partnerships at the Institute of Play, a non-profit dedicated to transforming education through play. Ross leads the vision, strategy, and execution for all of the Institute's programs, including TeacherQuest, a program for all educators who are interested in bringing game-based learning into their classroom. Prior to working at the Institute, Ross was a social studies teacher for 10 years in both public and parochial schools and was a school administrator. For 6 of those years, he was a founding educator at Quest to Learn in New York City, the first public school to make game-based learning an essential part of its mission. He has a B.A. in History from Gettysburg and holds a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Fordham University.

Twitter: @ross_at_play

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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