Michael Matera is an innovative educator whose passion for changing the game of school is infectious. By day, Michael is a dynamic middle school Social Studies teacher at University School of Milwaukee. He ignites both his classroom and professional development audiences with interactive play, passion and purpose-driven learning. Proclaimed nationally and internationally as a gamification guru, Michael transforms the traditional classroom into a high-energy environment where active student engagement is paramount. He promotes student ownership of learning through experiential activities and the use of cutting-edge educational technologies that meet learning objectives as well as equip students for critical thinking beyond the classroom. Michael is an energetic trainer, who broadly shares his research, teaching methods and technological applications for the advancement of learners, teachers and administrators. As a leader in the education field he offers support for the wider community through his book Explore Like a Pirate: Gamification and Game-Inspired Course Design to Engage, Enrich, and Elevate Your Learners, his Youtube channel, podcast, and blog. As a consultant, he works with educational institutions and business to define the needs and build solutions that inspire and lead to effective change.