Welcome to the IF Educators' Forum!

Welcome to the IF Educators’ Forum, which has now joined the traditional list of Intfiction.org discussion groups. We hope that this forum will help IF educators to find and support one another. Despite there being resources available online, many interactive-fiction-using teachers, at present, operate in a state of isolation that makes it hard for them to pursue their interest in teaching, or teaching, with interactive fiction. The Educators’ Forum provides a space and an opportunity to bring together the diverse group of educators who have shown interest in using IF in their work.

Also, if you’d like to participate in a discussion that’s a bit less public than a forum, why not sign up for the IF Educators’ Mailing list? It’s at

See you soon!

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Hello! I’m Judith Pintar, chair of the IFTF Education committee. Please drop a note here to tell us who you are and what you teach! I’m at the iSchool at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where I teach Inform 7 in a freshman social science course, and a game design class for Seniors/Graduate students. This is what else I’m up to on campus: https://el3.judithpintar.com/ Who are you?

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Hi, All,

I’m Brendan Desilets, a member of the IFTF Education Committee. I’ve has taught in Massachusetts schools since 1968, at the middle school, high school, and university levels. I currently work as an adjunct professor of English at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. My classes have featured interactive fiction since 1985. Right now, I’m especially interested in using Inform 7 to improve student writing.

I maintain a website called Teaching and Learning with Interactive Fiction. Please have a look, if you’d care to.

Peace,
Brendan

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Hello! I’m Laura Cabochan. I’m a doctoral candidate in New York University’s Educational Theatre Program and an associate artist in its Verbatim Performance Lab. I make and facilitate interactive theatre for young people–sometimes for conventional performance spaces, more often in classrooms–and am fascinated by the myriad ways technology can be integrated into them. Not only do I see interactivity as a way of making learning more engaging for students, I also see how it can generate spaces for meaningful dialogue and critical consciousness raising.

I was really inspired during Narrascope and am looking forward to chatting with fellow educators about how different fields can dialogue with IF and possible collaborations!

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Hi! I’m Mike Spivey. I teach mathematics at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, with specializations in optimization, mathematical modeling, and combinatorics. I’ve written a couple of IF games that feature mathematics heavily, A Beauty Cold and Austere and Junior Arithmancer. I’m interested in teaching/exploring advanced mathematical concepts through IF and games in general.

This fall I’m teaching a new (for me) course on interactive fiction. My university has a graduation requirement that every student take a class combining two distinct academic disciplines. The IF course will combine English and computer science: We’ll analyze IF works as literary texts, and the students will learn Inform 7. They’ll also create some of their own projects using Inform 7.

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Hello! Mark Stahl here. I’m an ex-middle school / high school math and music teacher, currently based in South Florida. I’m fascinated by sciences and arts alike, and I hope to find an opportunity to teach something involving IF some day. I believe strongly in the incredible power of IF to engage the human imagination and emotions, and I foresee IF becoming an increasingly prominent part of both literature and education as time and technology progress. I feel that IF may be far superior to almost any other medium for the purpose of teaching kids to read and type properly; and for the purpose of engaging their imaginations, critical thinking skills, and creativity. IF seems to roll up all the good things into one package that might appeal to modern kids’ obsession with constant technological interaction.

It was a pleasure meeting the IFTF EdCom this past weekend at Narrascope, and I am proud to call myself an IFTF EdCom Affiliate!

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You’re going to do an amazing job in the fall. I can tell from your talk at the conference that you’re going to be all over this and the kids are going to eat it up.

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Hi, I’m J. J. Guest (Jason) and I’m not currently involved in education, but I have been on and off since 1994. I’d love to be involved in teaching IF.

I’m a freelance motion graphic designer by trade, but in 1994 I completed a PGCE in Art and Design Education, which involved several placements in schools in Leicestershire. The following year I moved to London to work in the animation industry. In the noughties I was invited to teach animation software such as Adobe After Effects at the Animation Workshop, part of VIA University, Denmark. I have worked there as an external examiner every year since 2013. In 2016, wishing to take a break from the TV and film industry, I took a job as a Media Studies Technician at Wanstead High School, near where I live. This was full-time for the first year, and I did a further year and a half working two days a week. It was great fun!

Writing IF is my real passion, and I’d love the opportunity to teach the craft to adults or kids in the Greater London area or the South-East; Sussex, Essex or Kent.

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