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Summer Spark 2016 has ended
Welcome to Summer Spark 2016!  We hope you have an incredible two days of innovating, collaborating, and connectating!  The collaborative notes and presenter materials will be available at http://bit.ly/USMSparkNotes16. Let us know if we can help you in any way.  Enjoy!
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Michael Matera

Explore Like a Pirate
Teacher
Milwaukee Wisconsin
Michael Matera has taught for more than a decade using interactive play, passion and purpose-driven learning to transform the classroom in international, public and private schools. He is a pioneer in the field of education, using gamification and technology to increase authentic student engagement and content acquisition. Along with being a full time teacher at University School of Milwaukee, Michael is also a nationally-known presenter and international consultant of game-based learning. Additionally, he is the author of Explore Like a Pirate: Gamification and Game-Inspired Course Design to Engage, Enrich and Elevate Your Learners. He was named one of the ASCD Emerging Leaders in 2015 for infusing best practices in the field with accessible gamified teaching methods. He is also an educational Well Played talk show host and blogger, whose mission is to build connections among innovative, global educators. Michael is driven to transform education through theoretical and technological applications that identify and inspire limitless learning thresholds in ourselves and in our students.