The Super Bowl, the Olympics and gamification… OH MY! This week in the #worldgeochat community is wicked exciting, as we will be exploring how to incorporate games within the classroom! Guest moderator Christian Conrad (@mrconrad_lhs), will be taking us on a journey as we discuss one of the hottest topics of student engagement: gamification!
Here are the questions. Drum roll please!!!
- How do you define gamification?
- In what ways can students benefit from a gamified model?
- (3a) For teachers beginning the process of gamification, what should be the first step?
(3b) How do you routinely infuse gamification without gamifying your whole course?
- How do you keep students wanting to compete throughout the year?
- What tools and/or resources have you felt are most helpful in the gamification process?
- Reflecting on today’s topic, how will you incorporate gamification in your own classroom?
But what exactly is gamification? How do I even begin to wrap my brain around bringing points, power-ups, and games into the classroom? Don’t worry. It sounds overwhelming, but once you have the ground beneath your feet, you start to truly grasp it. Gamification is something I personally have been trying to incorporate within my classroom this year, and I’ve seen a huge difference. From small relay races and competition warm-ups to larger activities such as Breakouts and ClassCraft.
Here’s a list of where to begin:
- Dave Burgess’s “Pirate” series has two key resources on gamification
- Michael Matera also has a phenomenal YouTube channel that breaks down a lot of the elements he discusses in his book, such as leveling up, guilds and teams, themes, and powers.
- Want to get started? Start here, and become enthralled!
- Looking for shorter online articles to get you started? Check out these articles written by Matt Farber, all linked from edutopia.org.
- He even has a post about how to explore immigration and refugees through the power of play.
- Jane McGonigal’s 20 minute TedTalk: Gaming can make the world a better place. Wicked engaging!!
- Follow these folks on Twitter! They’re doing amazing things with gamification
Also, don’t miss out on even MORE gamification ideas on Monday night with #sschat. They’re being joined by Matthew Farber to discuss Game-Based Learning at 7PM Eastern.
Bring your game face this week! Happy SuperBowl Weekend!