Michael Matera is an engaging, fun and inspiring nationwide speaker, delivering keynotes, workshops and small group professional development to teachers and administration. Additionally, he is an innovative Social Studies teacher at University School of Milwaukee. The author of Explore Like a Pirate, a highly-practical book on incorporating gamification and game inspired course design into any classroom. He ignites both his classroom and professional development audiences with interactive play, passion and purpose-driven learning. As a gamification guru and moonshot thinker, Michael transforms the traditional classroom into a high-energy environment where active student engagement is paramount. 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 consultant, he works with educational institutions and business to define the needs and build solutions that inspire and lead to effective change. Discover his most recent pioneering endeavors by visiting his website, explorelikeapirate.com or have a look on his YouTube channel and remember to connect with him on Twitter @mrmatera.