Category Archives: Games and Gamification

Gamification as a Boat-Building Exercise

Unlike many teachers, I do not teach the same content every year. Sometimes, I wish I were planning a unit I’ve taught many times before – and I’ve lived that experience in the past – but most of the time … Continue reading

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Presentation Plan: Utah Council for the Social Studies – Nov. 2, 2019

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 … Continue reading

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Introducing Earth 2: 2019-2020’s Classroom Game

TLDR: Below, I’m posting a link to my classroom game (Earth 2) introduction and details. If you’re a regular reader, you know that gamification is the practice of adding game elements (e.g. game mechanics and theme) to non-game contexts, and you … Continue reading

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Students Learning From Gaming

Last week, I wrote about bringing Dungeons & Dragons to the after-school classroom (incidentally, D&D was in the Times opinion section this past weekend) and about how I more-or-less stumbled into the whole thing. Today I’m writing just a bit … Continue reading

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love D&D (or, How I Unintentionally Brought Dungeons & Dragons to my Middle School)

Come with me on this journey of discovery and fun. This is a long one, but maybe you’ll get something out of it. Permit yourself to have a good time being a kid. It’ll end well. – – – At … Continue reading

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