gsummit June 19-21, 2012

Monopoly Academy: Winning the “Game” of No Child Left Behind through Gamification and Monopoly, the World’s Most Famous Board Game

Ivan May 18, 2012 1

Gamification has “Monopolized” Tim Vandenberg’s 6th grade classroom, as he has utilized the world’s all-time best-selling board game brand (Monopoly) to inspire & motivate his students to conquer the “game” of No Child Left Behind. Learn how academic gamification inspires & motivates his socio-economically disadvantaged students to perform at world-class levels, both academically AND in actual Monopoly tournament play: his students have defeated both U.S. & World Champions multiple times in actual tournament matches and scored perfect scores on California State math examinations, all while setting district records on countless standardized tests! Come hear Tim’s inspiring story, as featured in the multi-award winning documentary film “Under the Boardwalk”, and learn how he uses Monopoly to motivate students to “Pass GO” and master key skills of mathematics, economics & social negotiation.


Tim Vandenberg, Teacher at Hesperia Unified School

TIM VANDENBERG is the #2 ranked Monopoly player in the United States, Tim is a school teacher who uses Monopoly to teach economics, probabilities, expected values, social negotiation skills and much more in grades 4-12. His socio-economically disadvantaged sixth graders have defeated U.S. & World Champions multiple times in actual tournament play, in addition to earning perfect scores on state math tests numerous times. Hear Tim’s inspiring story and get a chance to play with him in a special, hands-on event.


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