Events featuring TTRPGs at SXSW EDU 2023!
Prepare for Adventure: Learn to Use TTRPGs to Teach (March 7, 3:30pm CT)
In this workshop, we’ll be running participants through an actual educational game that teaches middle school math, biology, and literacy that relate back to curriculum targets! After the workshop, we’ll break down how this can be used for classrooms in general with little prep and the benefits experienced during the game. Check the SXSW page here!
All School is Roleplay: TTRPGs as Learning Tools (March 8, 11:30am CT)
This event is a presentation and Q&A combo where we’ll be going into more detail on how to use tabletop RPGs for educational applications and giving examples about how we have used TTRPGs and TTRPG elements in pre-K, middle school, and college level classes to help students learn more effectively. Check the SXSW page here!
About the presenters!
Michael facilitates educational TTRPG classes that focus on literacy and engagement, and he also writes and publishes his own games!
And check out the latest TTRPGkids feature on Michael’s KS, Luna Uni! Much of the art seen in the 3/7 workshop is from Luna Uni, and it’s an awesome game + toolkit + teacher guide for running educational TTRPGs in the classroom.
Maryanne is using TTRPGs in her middle school classes to teach a variety of subjects from mathematics to mythology, is doing academic research on using TTRPGs in the classroom, and runs a massive after school TTRPG program!
Chris has published and consulted on numerous TTRPGs, is part of Bard Commune (a TTRPG creator mentorship program), and has a strong focus on TTRPG accessibility!
Steph runs this blog to be a resource for parents, teachers, and other facilitators to run TTRPGs with kids, publishes their own TTRPGs, and uses RPG elements in the classes that they teach!
Educational TTRPG Resources
- Educational focused TTRPGs
- The master list TTRPGs for kids
- Games by TTRPGkids (I have a big focus on EDU)
- More TTRPGs for kids and all ages
Also check out: TTRPGs TEACH game jam!
- Interview with Michael Low – using TTRPGs in education, rules lite design
- Interview with Maryanne Cullinan – using TTRPGs in education, classroom applications
- Interview with Miranda – benefits of TTRPGs for kids, social impact
- More interviews about TTRPGs for kids
- How to Teach With Games
- Safety Tools for Kids
- Making a Tabletop RPG for YOUR Particular Kid
- More Tips and Tricks for using TTRPGs with kids
Thank you for checking out the site, and I hope my other posts can help you out too, and check out the post SXSW EDU recap that I posted here for how the event went and some next steps for TTRPGkids! I hope you were able to find some helpful resources, and, if you have further questions, please feel free to reach out. I make TTRPGs for pre-K kids and use RPG elements in the engineering college course that I teach, and I am very happy to talk shop.
There’s also a community of TTRPG educators connecting through the TTRPGkids social media (linktree here has all the links you need), and you can also reach me through the site’s contact form. I also have a monthly newsletter where I summarize all my articles at the end of each month so it’s easy to keep up to date on the latest resources and info.
Thank you again for looking into adding TTRPGs to your classroom, and happy gaming!