Today at lunch in Philadelphia during the “Hacked Ed” pre-event for ISTE 2015, I had an opportunity to interview Michael Matera (@mrmatera). Michael is presenting two workshops at ISTE this year about gameification. He’s a 6th grade social studies teacher at the University School of Milwaukee, and his classroom website from last year ( is totally amazing! It’s an interactive “choose your own adventure” style website built with Hype 3.0 ($49) and amazing digital images he licensed from creators on deviantART. Students use his website to discover and select “challenges” for different classroom projects, as well as bonus activities. I’ve never seen a classroom website quite like this. I also attached Michael’s #hacked15 smackdown presentation to the end of our interview. Michael is doing AMAZING work with his students using gameification concepts! Wow!

* Full Disclosure: ISTE provided me with a free “media pass” as an educational blogger this year. I am sharing multiple interviews like this from Philadelphia as an official conference Storychaser.

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