AJ Webster

Founder, Sycamore School

Innovator and educator AJ Webster has more than a decade and a half of classroom experience teaching science, Latin, language arts, math, and social science.  AJ has his MA in educational leadership and policy studies.  He specializes in game-based learning and embraces the Maker Movement, in which students design, construct, and “think with their hands.”  AJ’s work with the PlayMaker School was featured on PBS NewsHour. He has presented on play and education at many conferences, including the national Game Learning Society, Games in Education, IndieCade, Progressive Educators Network, and the Institute for the Future and was the keynote speaker for the 2014 Milken Playful Learning Summit. AJ continues his mission to revolutionize education as a co-founder of the Sycamore School, a brand new project and play based elementary in the Los Angeles area.

My Sessions

Mod It! Students as Game Creators via off the Shelf Games

Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari, said, “you might learn something playing a game; you will always learn something making a game.” While games are fantastic tools in classrooms, teachers often deprive students of their most active and engaging facet – game creation. Rather than presenting the game as a fully formed product for students to experience, […]