Assistant Professor - Education
Ryan Schaaf is the Assistant Professor of Educational Technology at Notre Dame of Maryland University and a Faculty Associate for the Johns Hopkins University School of Education Graduate Program. With over 15 years in the education field, Ryan has been a school teacher, instructional leader, curriculum designer and a technology integration specialist in Howard County, Maryland. In 2007, he was nominated for Howard County and Maryland Teacher of the Year.
In the past, Ryan has published numerous research articles in the New Horizons for Learning and the Canadian Journal of Action Research related to the use of digital games as an effective instructional strategy in the classroom. He just finished work overseeing and constructing peer-reviewed, K-12 lesson units for the 21st Fluency Project, where he was also a featured contributor to the world renowned Committed Sardine blog with a global distribution to over 100,000 readers.
Currently, Ryan is developing and instructing face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses for both Notre Dame and Johns Hopkins. His passion is presenting sessions and keynotes about the potential for gaming in the classroom, the characteristics of 21st century learning and emerging technologies and trends in education. His first book, Making School a Game Worth Playing: Digital Games in the Classroom was released in 2014.
Ryan is happily married to his beautiful wife, Rachel and has two little boys that are his pride and joy. In his free time he enjoys fishing, exercising, gardening, and volunteering in local schools.