Samantha Matalone Cook, MAT

Samantha Matalone Cook, MAT

Samantha Matalone Cook, MAT,  is an educator, historian, writer, maker, and speaker. She has almost three decades of experience in education, program development, and the arts and has worked with both small and large organizations to create educational programming that centers and connects the learner to concepts and skills. She has taught in classrooms and in private workshops, mentored other educators, and worked for and with many museums including the Smithsonian. Samantha recently released her co-authored book, Project-Based Learning: Creating a Modern Education of Curiosity, Innovation, and Impact, and she is currently working on a new world history curriculum for Pandia Press as well as a collection of project-based book studies centered on the Harry Potter series. Samantha has two teens and one preteen, all home educated; the oldest of whom has recently fledged into college. To see her past and current projects, including her blog, please visit

January 23, 2021
3:50pm EST/12:50pm PST

Gaming Through History

Gaming provides opportunities for critical thinking, collaboration, challenge, exhilarating victories, building logic and strategy skills, and more. Our brains are wired to learn through games! I’ve used games to introduce, connect, or reinforce concepts. I’ve used games as a strewing technique to gauge interest in an idea. I’ve used games to branch out into new knowledge and skills. I’ve even made games with my students. Using games can be a wonderful catalyst to academic subjects, and one of my favorite ways to teach history. Through games you can explore new lands, examine historical events, meet historical figures, and more! Join me for a workshop on using all kinds of games, from board games to role-playing games to video games, to introduce and/or re-energize your study of history!

January 24, 2021
4:10pm EST/1:10pm PST

ReEnergize Your Journey Through Learning: A Special Project-Based Learning Discussion

Are you looking for a way to re-energize your family’s journey through learning, but need ideas and inspiration? Are you curious about project-based learning, but not sure how to get started? Are you a PBL veteran looking to take your projects to the next level? Do you just want to spend this time hanging out online with some amazing, innovative educators?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, this session is for you! Bring Blair Lee, MS and Samantha Matalone Cook, MAT all your project-based learning questions for this special discussion with extended Q&A.