When We Stop Playing, We All Lose

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This is a new type of event from Edchat Interactive that we are coordinating with Participate and Shindig.

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When We Stop Playing, We All Lose is a micro-course that will be run over two weeks teaching the FLO pedagogy to provide practical ways for educators to create fun, challenging learning in the classroom. Over the long haul, we all classes work best when we are having Fun, when the activities are targeted to Learning goals, and when we are learning with Others.


After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Get to know your students and what they find enjoyable and meaningful
  • Provide learning activities for your students that are authentic and personal
  • Provide your students with the ability to learn from and with others

What you'll get

We should all enjoy what we do, we should engage in meaningful learning, we should learn from and with others. That’s the whole purpose of education, that’s what we want to do in our classrooms, and that’s what you will learn how to do for your students in this micro-course.

To complete the course, you must attend the three live online sessions and participate in the weekly discussions. Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a certificate of proficiency of the FLO pedagogy and completion of 6 hours of instruction and a $20 gift certificate for Amazon.


Course Dates

All live sessions start at

8:00PM Eastern/7:00PM Central time

And last 90 minutes

Session 1: Monday, April 17

Session 2: Monday, April 24

Session 3: Monday, May 1

Cost: $35.00

Zack Gilbert is a big deal in the education world and will be running this course. Zack Gilbert is currently teaching 5th/6th grade social studies at Thomas Metcalf School in Normal, IL. Zack is the host of the EdGamer podcast, a source of cutting edge interviews and resources on Games and Learning. He is on the advisory board for Playful Learning through the Learning Games Network and he is the Project Lead for the Games and Learning projects within IlliniCloud, a non-profit tech cooperative of school districts across the country that provides schools with the means to operate smoothly, efficiently, and safely. Zack is a chapter co-author in the book TeacherCraft: A Guide for Teaching and Learning with Minecraft. Games are an important part of Zack’s life, in and out of school. Zack regularly gets asked to speak at conferences and schools around the country.Mitch Weisburgh has been the host of Edchat Interactive for three years, is a co-founder of the Games4Ed nonprofit, and is the founding partner of Academic Business Advisors.

Course Logistics

This is a course that will utilize EdChat Interactive and Participate. The cost of the course is $35.00, and all who complete the course will receive a $20.00 Amazon gift certificate.

EdChat Interactive uses the Shindig Platform, which is an interactive live video experience. You will need to use a computer (not a tablet or phone) that has a microphone and a webcam. We will meet live three times during the course:

  • Monday, April 17, 8:00-9:30PM EDT Start
  • Monday, April 24: 8:00-9:30PM EDT 2nd Session
  • Monday, May 1, 8:00-9:00 EDT Conclusion

Participants will join the Participate platform to post artifacts, access resources, and join discussions during the intervening weeks.

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Still have questions?

Reach out to Zack or Mitch