We provide training to other schools and institutions that replicates the processes we have designed to populate the curriculum within PlayMaker.  It comprises a think tank of teachers and creatives devoted to making sure the schools professional development and curriculum creation capture the same vibrant, playful, and research-based practices within the GameDesk Institute.

For more info on setting up a DreamLab Bootcamp for your school please contact Leslie Martinelli at lesliem@gamedesk.org

Our Professional Development helps teachers become agile and adaptive, using new technologies and techniques to differentiate themselves as engaging 21st century educators. Out training guides teachers through hands-on learning experiences, tech-infused curricula, and game and app-based learning, enriching their teaching with authentic interactive learning experiences. All of our training content is aligned to Common Core, Next-Gen Science, and in certain cases, State Standards.

Mobile and Digital Teacher Superstars
Many schools that have integrated mobile and digital tools into learning are not maximizing the use of those devices in ways that best make use of their potential. We work with teachers to make sure that the mobile and laptop device becomes a readily utilized and powerful tool for learning in the classroom.

Our training offerings include flexible face-to-face sessions and/or online workshops and follow-up. One-day and multi-day workshops, combined with online sessions help teachers transform their teaching in a sustainable and affordable way.

Some of our sessions include:

  • How to Use the Best Learning Tools, Apps, and Games on Chromebooks, Laptops, and IOS and Android tablets
  • Creating Playful STEM Learning Experiences that lend themselves to long term STEM interest
  • Low Tech Engagement – How to engage students in rigorous learning with everyday materials
  • Remediation and Engagement of At-Risk Learners through Making and Play
  • Creative Engineering
  • Creating Engagement with Common Core
  • Social Emotional Learning


GameDesk PD is organized in modules to allow for maximum flexibility and quick customization. There are 3 types of modular training packages:

A. Core Bundles: Popular full programs (STEM Package, Mobile Learning package, etc.)
B. Pick & Choose/A la Carte: Build your own training packages with from our full catalogue of content.
C. Customized Hack-a-thons: We design new interactive modules based on your pain-points. We also work with teachers to learn how to design their own interactive, digital, play, and making-based activities.

Customized Hack-a-thons – Building tailored interactive solutions with your school

In our customized workshops,  participants present a variety pain-points in their instruction and them team up in groups with GameDesk staff to design creative interactive solutions to challenges presented.  Everyone shares their solutions and discuss approaches for getting there new modules “classroom-ready.”  It’s a lively design centered experience that helps teachers become interactive curriculum designers as well as implementers.  Hack-A-Thons offer participants the opportunity to experience firsthand the GameDesk’s curriculum design process.

Often teachers work solitarily, creating lesson plans on their own and using them repeatedly. Our process operates outside this model, offering a shared ideation space and process for best practices in 21st Century lesson planning and teaching techniques resulting in innovative play-making activities for students. The PlayMaker teachers and staff work with voices from academia, the entertainment industry, and the Maker Movement, to provide learning objectives and feedback to effectively build PlayMaker’s interactive and gaming curriculum  experiences.

The DreamLab process produces rapid-fire app and game teaching tools and best practices, marrying both high-tech and low tech to easily and clearly communicate concepts and knowledge to teachers.

DreamLab Bootcamps: Taking the process nationwide

The #1 question we receive from other teachers and administrators is “how can I get this into my school and classroom.”  In response, GameDesk now offers DreamLab BootCamp, a professional development program built to bring GameDesk‘s vibrant, playful, and academically rigorous learning platforms to schools across the U.S.  Through DreamLab BootCamp, we bring the PlayMaker curriculum development model directly to educators, while partnering with them to create their own curriculum. The BootCamp sessions can consist of either in-house or remote training.

The program moves participants from ideation into hands-on experimentation and role-play, using a specific challenge or goal to create  result-oriented solutions.

Some recent customized sessions include:

GameChanger and AppBlaster:
Collaborating with teachers to design concrete and packaged standards- aligned teaching activities around standalone 3rd party games or apps.

CyberSocrates: Turning declarative teaching methods into Socratic methods of facilitating games and technology.

Digital Infusion: Transforming traditional teaching practices into digitally-infused learning experiences.

LowtechNOtech: How to turn classrooms into PlayMaker experiences with limited bandwidth and low tech infrastructure.

Faster Than You Think: How to rapid-fire generate new high tech/low tech/no tech PlayMaker curriculum.

You Can Do It, We Promise!: Transforming teacher attitudes and habits of mind toward the potential of technology and games in the classroom.

Fun and Engaging, But What Are They Learning?: Formatively evaluating approaches around play and making activities, using research-driven pathways to assess knowledge.

DreamLab reinforces each session’s accomplishments by creating supportive materials for participants to bring back to their classrooms. These include Snapguides, lesson plans, teacher facilitation guides, student workbooks and assessment materials. GameDesk can also provide follow-up support and assessment to ensure that teachers are successfully implementing what they learned and developed.

For more info on setting up a DreamLab Bootcamp for your school please contact Leslie Martinelli at lesliem@gamedesk.org