Shawn Clybor

Shawn Clybor

Dwight-Englewood School

Teachers as Game Designers: Games in the High School History Classroom

Shawn Clybor (PhD and MA, Northwestern University) began his academic career as a scholar who published several articles on communist-affiliated artists and cultural producers in Czechoslovakia. While finishing his dissertation in Prague, he began working for the award-winning game development studio Charles Games as a translator, localization advisor, and curriculum designer for the serious WWII game Attentat 1942, which has won several international prizes, including the AMAZE festival in Berlin, and was a finalist at IGF. Currently, Shawn is a high school history teacher at the Dwight-Englewood School in New Jersey, where his interest in game-based learning has blossomed into a cutting edge elective course “History, Culture, and Video Games” and two forthcoming scholarly articles on game-based learning in the history classroom. He has presented at various academic and game-based learning conferences, including the Different Games Conference at NYU, and has been interviewed on Marc Lesser’s podcast “No Such Thing.”