Want to be a game-changer in education?

eXPlore the creative and engaging waters of game inspired course design learning with me at your next event! I will equip you with practical skills in gamification whether you’re looking for an all-day, idea-packed workshop, a motivational keynote about the new world of education, or simply one of my many diverse, topic-specific conference sessions. I will engage, enrich and elevate your participants with tailored presentations and trainings that include powerful take-aways for incorporating gamification into the classroom.

Gamification and game-based teaching methods are accessible to anyone interested in expanding student engagement and content acquisition.  No matter if you are low tech, high tech or totally no tech, I will take you on an exploration of your own gameable classroom and leave you with the map, the cargo and the wonderlust to transform your teaching and your students’ learning.

I have traveled across the U.S. and talked with thousands of educators that are searching to elevate the creative potential within themselves and their students.  Game inspired course design is effective because it engages today’s students across all subject areas and demographics. My game-based pedagogy will enhance what you are already doing in your classroom by layering over the already existing content and giving students diverse opportunities for self-directed learning. Invite me to your event, and I will navigate you through the fundamentals of this innovative method for making learning tangible and filled with purpose-driven learning outcomes that extend beyond the classroom.

Contact me at MichaelMatera@explorelikeapirate.com for more information about how together we can eXPlore the powerful and motivating world of gamification in the classroom. My book, eXPlore Like a PIRATE: Gamification and Game-Inspired Course Design to Engage, Enrich, and Elevate Your Learners, is currently available on Amazon.

Contact daveburgessconsulting@gmail.com for information on bulk purchase prices or distribution deals.


Are you ready to transform your classroom into an experiential world that flourishes on collaboration and creativity? Then set sail with classroom game designer and educator Michael Matera as he reveals the possibilities and power of game-based learning. In eXPlore like a Pirate, Matera serves as your experienced guide to help you apply the most motivational techniques of gameplay to your classroom using strategies that work with and enhance (rather than replace) your current curriculum.

Part I debunks common myths fears about gamification and explains why and how game-based learning effectively engages students in any subject or grade level.

Part II focuses on how you can empower students to take control of their learning. You’ll also learn what kind of players your classroom comprises—and why understanding their motivations matters.

Part III is an all-in-one treasure chest, tool box, and field guide. Packed with ideas and examples that can be applied or adapted to any classroom—from badges and points, to mini-games and yearlong adventures—this is a resource you’ll return to again and again. Join the adventure with eXPlore like a Pirate and discover how gamification can enrich your classroom!



At the start of any voyage, you must carefully prepare for the unknown. One of the most important parts of a voyage is your crew. It is my hope that we sail together on #XPlap. As a community, we will be able to help each other through the difficult passages, inspire one another to press deeper into the unknown, and celebrate the victorious discoveries in the new world of education. We are truly better together. Please post your discoveries on #XPlap.


Please join and participate in our Twitter & Facebook communities to share your ideas and expand your craft. Come and connect with other educators from around the world who are exploring what game inspired course design has to offer. Please click on the social communities to the right and connect with our growing community.


If interested in running a book club around this book and host it on #XPLAP just let me know @mrmatera as I would be happy to help out!


Gamification Tools

Over the years, I have tried many different systems and tools, and recently decided to build my own. Although not required elements of gamification, I hope the two tools below will be helpful as you explore game based learning. The first link is my spreadsheet using Google Sheets that I have dubbed “Control Center.” This resource is crazy powerful! When you update information on assignments or tasks, it will provide a gazillion different ways to use the data. It was built for teachers in mind and with flexibility at its core. If you plan on making your own game and need a quick and easy way to share that information with students you have found it here. Second, the Mega-Pack – this is exactly how it sounds! It combines several tools and resources to support your journey to gamify your class. The mega-pack includes the “Control Center” spreadsheet as well as several other tools to make your ideas a reality.

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