If you’re teacher in Utah, or if you just so happen to be visiting Utah in early November, I would love to meet with you and talk gamification. I’m gamifying my course again this year, and the game is in a constant beta-state of improvement.
Here’s the description of the presentation I’m planning in Utah, and a variant of this will be the mode and content of one of my AMLE presentations.
Gamification is the practice of adding game elements to non-game contexts, and although we’ve been accruing skymiles and Starbucks points for years, gamification is only now reaching classrooms. What’s the difference between game-based learning (GBL), gameful learning, and gamified learning? What are game mechanics, and how can they enhance learning in the classroom? How can teachers use gamification in a unit or yearlong effort? And just how much of a time commitment are we talking, here? Following a (very) brief introduction to the methods and research behind gamification, Stephen Capone will be leading the group in a game-building effort that will show everyone that it’s possible to incorporate high-engagement gamification in our classrooms. This workshop-style presentation will engage all learners just as gamification would students as we build a classroom game together and identify how our Social Studies classrooms might be enhanced by gamification. Attendees will walk away not only with plenty of ideas but also a method for gamifying their own classrooms.
As always, I appreciate any feedback or advice, and I hope to see you in November either in Utah or in Nashville!