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November 4
11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Digital Learning and Innovative Practices, Leadership/Professional Development
Administrators, Instructional Coaches, Library and Media Specialists, Teachers

Have you ever wanted to gamify your classroom, but aren’t sure how to get started or don’t want the hassle of managing it? Then this is the session for you.
Gamification is about transforming the classroom environment and regular activities into a game. It requires creativity, collaboration, and play. There are numerous ways to bring games and game play into the classroom to promote learning and deepen student understanding of subject matter.
In this session, participants will learn about a digital gamification platform titled Gamably. They will engage in a hands-on approach to gamification and how it best serves their classroom needs.

Matt Carter
Matt Carter
CS Teacher (K - 5), Pontiac - Wm Holliday District #105

Matt Carter (he/him) is a computer science teacher in southern Illinois. He is a graduate of Greenville College in Greenville, Illinois where he received his BS in Elementary Education and Teaching. He is currently working towards his Masters of Arts in Educational Administration and Leadership at McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois. He taught for nine years in fourth & fifth grade before becoming a CS teacher. During his time at Pontiac- Wm Holliday District 105 he was a recipient of the Emerson Excellence in Education award. He is also a Google Level 1 and Level 2 Certified Educator, and is working towards his Google Trainer certification. He is an active member in the Computer Science Teachers Association as part of the St Louis area and Central Illinois chapters. Teaching computer science and computational thinking, as well as STEM at the elementary level is his passion and he hopes to extend his knowledge with other educators to help them meet those needs in their own classrooms.

Jill Carter
Jill Carter
8th Grade Physical Science Teacher, Collinsville Community Unit School District #10

Adam Geisen
Adam Geisen
Technology Director, Illinois Principal Association

Adam Geisen has been in education since 2000 and taught high school English at Triad High School in Troy, Illinois, until 2017. His role changed at Triad at that point as he became one of two Technology Coaches in his district. Since then he has become a Google Certified Trainer and was a member of the LAX18 Google Innovator Academy in 2018. In 2020, he took a job as the Technology Director at the Pontiac William Holliday School District in Fairview Heights, Illinois. He is experienced in web app development and using Google Apps Script, and his Google Innovator Project is to create an app to help teachers incorporate game elements in the classroom. That project is called Gamably and can be found at app.gamably.com. He also co-created an innovative individualized PD program in his district and a Google Certification game to help teachers in his district and districts around him get more comfortable with Google Workspace applications. Adam is a leader of the Southern Illinois Google Educator Group and has presented on topics ranging from getting started with G Suite to coding to gamification and more. Adam has presented at numerous conferences in the Midwest including METC, IETC, and ICE/IDEA in 2018, 2019, and 2020.