Tag Archives: gamification

5 Things Teachers Can Learn From Video Games

Players of video games learn how to strategize and how to perform sometimes complex actions in order to achieve a goal. I believe we can all learn to engage students through studying video games. Here are 5 things we can learn from video games and adapt to the classroom. 1) Players Do Not Read Directions In […]

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Gamification: Creating a Level Up for Your Students

If you have thought about adding an element of gamification to your classroom, having students level up might be fun to do. How do you do this….. The answer is always a spreadsheet 🙂 Create a Spreadsheet In Google Drive (http://drive.google.com) create a new Google Sheets. New Tab In the bottom left of Google Sheets […]

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Beyond the Worksheet: Playsheets, GBL, and Gamification

Image Credit: Quia This article was originally published on Edutopia on June 4th, 2014 Game-based learning (GBL) and gamification are hot topics in education. These terms are often used interchangeably, but they actually describe different phenomena. GBL is when students play games to learn content. Gamification is the application of game based elements to non-game […]

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Blek Game – Learn by Failure

Recently I downloaded the Blek game onto my iOS device (android is coming). I have really enjoyed playing this game due to it’s unique gameplay. The objective is to draw a pattern with an ink line and to hit all of the colored dots. The pattern you draw loops infinitely. The line will bounce off […]

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Abusing Students with Math

  Laser Sharp What is the difference between an 87 and an 88 on a paper? Do we as educators have the ability to be so laser sharp with our assessment that there is a difference? How about between an 89 and a 90. Same gap, yet a completely different assessment. B+ vs an A. […]

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To-Do List Competition: Level UP

For my doctoral program I am part of a cohort. This means that all of us have the same assignments that need to be completed. We have found that it is motivating to know that someone in the cohort has completed a task, thus lighting a fire under other cohort members. We created a Google […]

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Getting Started with Gamification

This blog post was originally posted on the CUE blog. Gamification in the Classroom – Getting Started by BLOGCUE on OCTOBER 23, 2013 Angry Birds By CUE Member Alice Keeler Gamification – what made me venture into the world of games as a teacher? One day I had a struggling student eagerly bring me his math homework and exclaim, […]

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Make Badges

Recently I discovered Makebadges. http://www.makebadg.es/badge.html This website makes it really easy to create badges, avatars and banners. I am able to upload my own icons into the center of the badges. The badges then easily download as a .png file for me to do with as I wish.

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Helpfulness Score

I found this interesting post on the Zynga blog. Zynga is the company that developed the game Farmville. I found the helpfulness score to be very interesting, I love the idea of encouraging students to have good citizenship. I wonder what it would take to develop something similar for our classrooms. Amusing is the line “clobbered […]

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Graduated Point Systems and Leveling

Why do students not do the reading assignment (or any assignment)? Well, a variety of reasons. Assignment is not interesting to them. Assignment is not relevant to them. Assignment is too challenging. Directions are difficult to follow. Feeling that they will not be successful so they give up before they start. Lack of a sense […]

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