Classroom Game Design: Paul Andersen at TEDxBozeman


Paul Andersen has been teaching science in Montana for the last eighteen years.  He explains how he is using elements of game design to improve learning in his AP Biology classroom.  Paul’s science videos have been viewed millions of times by students around the world.  He was the 2011 Montana Teacher of the Year and he is currently a science teacher at Bozeman High School.  For more information on Paul’s work visit

Paul Andersen has been teaching high school science in Montana for the last seventeen years.  He has been teaching science on YouTube for the last three years. Paul began his career teaching all the science classes at a small rural school in northern Montana. Paul is currently an AP Biology teacher and technology mentor at Bozeman High School.  Paul uses technology and game mechanics to increase engagement in his classroom.  Paul is the 2011 Montana Teacher of the Year and was one of four finalists for National Teacher of the Year.

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33 thoughts on “Classroom Game Design: Paul Andersen at TEDxBozeman

  1. I think that we need to shift the focus towards teaching 'failing' as a positive thing because its how we learn. Succeeding 'all' of the time is not how we learn.. rather its how we feel when we have 'learnt'.

  2. This sounds awesome to me, BUT it does not tell me "how " to do this. I teach middle school math and I would LOVE to use gaming to teach my curriculum. I am willing to spend the time this summer creating if I just knew where to start and how to go about it. Is there a way I can actually see what you have done and how it works?

  3. Hello teacher.
    I'm an English teacher and I teach by using video games in class. Games such as Zelda, Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest. Just take a look of my channel and I'll be more than satisfied to serve you as a server of goodness.

  4. i don't se how having a flat out ranking system in your class could lead to anything good, but as an individual, this is how I've always wanted school to be like.

  5. This was absolutely fascinating – as a 16 year old student I would give a lot to be taught like this, I'll use what I've learnt to progress my own learning, thank you.

  6. This guy is an absolutely phenomenal teacher….. and an even better orator. I just hope more people listen to him because he knows the effective methods in TODAY'S generation. 

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