Looking for ways to engage students? Try some gamification and choice. I have added some features to my Badge Game template that I hope will make it easier and more fun.
I updated several new features to the Badge Game
- Change the game colors.
- Create a Google Slides tutorial to go with the game.
- Google Slides are automatically created as anyone can view.
- Links to individual slides are hyperlinked in the game automatically.
- Export a student version that links back to your master.
- Updates to the master version to quest titles, descriptions, XP, levels, and badges are automatically updated.
Make a copy of the template. You are creating a choice board. You want to put more quests on the spreadsheet than students are required to do. Make some of them just for fun. Tip: The game choice board is ONE assignment rather than putting in all the individual tasks from the spreadsheet into the gradebook.
Set the Colors
Look for the “Game Designer” menu next to the Help menu. It now has an option for “Color Changer.” This will randomly choose colors for your game. Keep using the “Color Changer” until you like the game colors.
In column G describe all of the quest options. Create some for fun, some for showing mastery of the concept, and some for challenge. Tip: Start easy. Make the first few almost free gimmie’s. Success builds success. Help students to find early success in your game, then you can start mixing it up for easy, medium, and hard quests.
Try to think of fun quest titles for each quest on the spreadsheet. Put these in column F. Not feeling creative? Make the list of quest descriptions in column G and then get your students to brainstorm with you on quest titles.
Help students to select their game challenge. I tell them, do a bunch of easy ones or do a few harder ones. Put a number 1 to 5 in column B.
XP (Experience Points)
These are NOT grade points. XP is not how many points the assignment is worth, rather it is game points for how they will level up. I may make a difficulty level 1 worth 50 points because I want them to do it. The points do not necessarily have to equate with difficulty level. Again, think of the spreadsheet game board as ONE task and they need to reach a certain level to beat the game.
In columns I and J add links to additional resources that will help students with how to complete the quest. Sometimes my entire quest is “watch this video” and then I put the link to the video in column I. Or my quest might be “Beat this Quizizz” and I put the link to the quiz into column I.
Google Slides Tutorials
For each badge game I create ONE Google Slides for any information or tutorials I want to share with students. Each slide has a unique URL. So if I use slide 5 to give information for quest 23, I copy the link to slide 5 and hyperlink it in column I or J. When students click on the link it will open the ENTIRE Google Slides but take them directly to the specific slide for that quest.
Automatically Generate the Tutorial Google Slides
A new feature to the Badge Game is the ability to have the Google Slides automatically created for you. It adds 64 slides to the Google Slides, one for each quest. The Slides are automatically “Anyone with the link can view.” This ensures that students have access to the tutorials. The link to each individual slide is automatically hyperlinked in the spreadsheet. Don’t need a Slides tutorial? Just delete the link from the spreadsheet. It’s there only if you want it.
Create Student Version
New to Badge Game is now the ability to create a student version. This allows you to keep the original as a master spreadsheet and keep adding new quests or update typos and have it reflect in all the student copies. Use the Game Designer menu to choose “Create Student Version.” This will open a new spreadsheet that is ready to share with students. Each student should have their own copy of the student version of the badge game.
Note: the student version has a lot of formulas that students will not realize are there. If they accidentally (or purposefully) delete a formula and it messes up the game board have them use the File menu and go to version history to restore the spreadsheet back to the way it was before it got messed up.