Conference Week, 2019! UCSS and AMLE19

Things are about to get quite a bit [more] interesting for me.

Saturday, bright and early, you’ll find me at the Utah Council for the Social Studies (UCSS) presenting a gamified hour on the topic of gamification. Here’s my blurb:

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.

For the curious, feel free to check out my game items in the Earth 2 Item Codex, and you can find my Quest Guidebook here.

Next up is #AMLE19! There, I’ll be presenting a Spark & Tell Session (Friday morning @ 11:10 AM, slides here) re: a unit I built with my integrative studies team last year called “Escaping the Volcanic Apocalypse”.  In that unit, I’ve worked in geography, civics, and history lessons and activities. In that short presentation, I’ll be sharing the curriculum and methods from that unit. You can access all of my lesson plans for that session here.

Then, on Saturday morning (9:55AM), I’ll be sharing a method for gamifying the classroom at a Speed Learning session (which should work something like speed dating, with attendees rotating from table to table, meeting and greeting various topics in short 15-minute sessions). This won’t be as in-depth as the hour I’m doing at UCSS, but it will be based on the same basic concepts.


I’ll be sharing all of my presentation materials here, so that whether you’re at the conference or not, you can keep up with these ideas and offer me feedback or use the ideas for yourself, if you like.


Are you attending either conference? Presenting? Please reach out to me on twitter (@EthicsNValues) or by commenting here!

(I’d love to host a board game night at AMLE. Let’s make it happen!)


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About Steve Capone

Writer hailing from Salt Lake City, Utah. Interdisciplinary teacher (read: generalist guiding inquiry) at an independent school. Adjunct instructor at a medium sized state school. Lover of learning. Favorite destination: Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, Germany. @CaponeTeaches on Twitter M.S. Philosophy (Univ. of Utah 2013) M.A. Humanities (Univ. of Chicago 2007) B.A. Philosophy & English (Washington & Jefferson College 2006
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