How Gamification can Supercharge your Class!
Gamification is essentially a method that uses a reward system to motivate learning. If not planned correctly your students will only be motivated by the reward and lose sight of the learning process. Your rewards must be in the form of a book reading or a field trip for example.
What was your favourite board game or video game growing up and why did you love it. My personal favourite as a boy was not a computer game but a board game, some of you might remember called, Mouse Trap. As you moved around the board you gathered parts of a trap. With each move the trap became bigger. You were motivated to build the trap and be the one to catch your opponent. The opponent could set the mouse trap running if the other player landed on a trap square.
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Everyone enjoys a little competition. The ability to work in team games and collaborate is also appealing for most people. Games also let you become a different character or imagine yourself in a fantasy world for a short time. Of course many of us just liked that feeling of winning and the rewards it brought and that it what’s engaging for young minds.
Creating your own style of game for your subject or topic, has also become a lot easier with so many tools and apps available now. PowerPoint for myself and for many is the tool of choice. It’s certainly not difficult to find free PowerPoint educational template games online to download. Another tool for creating gamified content is Visme which is becoming very popular now due to it’s interactive features. Genialy is also a great tool for creating interactive, games, break outs, audio books and so much more.
There are so many good online learning games sites that it’s certainly worth bookmarking the best for quick reference. Having a good bookmarking or web clipping tool is essential for building your bookmarks into organised lists you can refer to quickly. I’m currently using Wakelet and Trello and there are plenty of others similar. You could also download our Big Book of Free Resources for Teachers E-book. 35 pages of Categorised Free resources just a click away. You can download a copy now from webucation.carrd. (for a small donation)
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How to set up a Gamification Class & Methodology
Like with any methodology try to begin with the first moving part rather than creating the lesson as a whole. You can begin by giving instructions that then present your class with a challenge. Establish points system and rewards, this can be something very simple like the first in a set of stickers or an online progress task. The achievement award is also great for motivating your students, maybe offer them a sticker collection book or badges. Students then collect these rewards by completing a challenge and see how the excitement builds up.
Game elements to include are:
- leader boards
Now you have your basic gamified lesson you can begin adding more elements. A locker that can only be opened if they complete a homework task or assignment. Make use of some of the fabulous education tech that is available. Add a quiz from one of the many quiz building sites and a leader board and you have yourself a great gamification lesson that can be carried on through several classes and further.
Something we teach everyday is inquiry and problem based learning weather its real world or fictional. Gamification helps you explore this even further giving your students the freedom to fail. You can then help them explore other paths on how make it work for them. Have them try again because it’s OK to make mistakes.
Gamification gives you instant feedback as you progress. You can see the progressive growth as it’s happening and with each student there is the added bonus of seeing just how much they are achieving at any given moment.
RECOMMENDED GAMIFICATION SITES AND RESOURCES.
Review Game Zone is a great tool you can use in class.
Knowre is a problem solving math platform.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS HAVE SOME WONDERFUL PROJECTS FOR YOU TO EXPLORE.
GameSalad lets your students level up with project-based curriculum.
SmartyGames has a good selection of games you can use in class.
YouthGames has a great section of PowerPoint Games and more.
BreakOut is an exceptional games based learning platform.
FACTFILE build your own quiz, multiple choice boards.
PBS KIDS is a well known stop for games and learning.
COMMONSENSE also has some great engaging games to integrate.
DIGITAL ESCAPE ROOMS a great collection of escape games.
DITCH THAT TEXTBOOK HAVE A GREAT RESOURCE for Gamification.
EDTECH THIS IS AN OPEN HUGE RESOURCES ON GOOGLE DRIVE.
SLIDESMANIA IS ONE OF THE BEST POWERPOINT AND GOOGLE SLIDES SITES ON THE WEB.
TOPIA CREATE YOUR VERY OWN VIRTUAL WORLD WITH YOUR CLASS.
ACTIVEPRESENTER IS A SUPER TOOL FOR CREATING A GAMIFICATION LESSON.
GENIALLY IS ANOTHER GREAT TOOL FOR CREATING A GAMIFIED CLASS.
WORDWALL WILL HELP YOU CREATE MANY DIFFERENT GAMES FOR YOUR LESSONS.
EMAZE IS ESSENTIALLY A PRESENTATION TOOL BUT YOU CAN CREATE MUCH MORE.
GAMESTARMECHANIC IS A GAME, PUZZLE OF ALL TYPES CREATOR.
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Math Bee is a very simple review game that I am sure you have played before. Easily adapt for your own Math practice class, and have fun whilst doing so. This PowerPoint was created for Grade 3 Primary. Includes 38 slides with Animated Bee characters and a Printable Winners Certificate.
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