Gamification in Education

What is Gamification?

It is the application of gaming mechanics to non-game situations. Overall, it is to look at what makes games motivating and interesting and see how, as a teacher, you can apply this to the classroom. One way to help teachers to understand this, is to play games themselves. While you are playing the game, you should consider what aspects of the game are designed to motivate the player.

How Gamification Works

Gamification has a low risk of failure. This means that if a player is not successful, they have the chance to try again. This makes the player willing to take risks and try new things with minimal direction. Imagine this in a classroom! We can encourage our students to try. Gamification also provides immediate feedback. This means the players immediately know if they are successful, and they can use this to guide and direct their paths, and then try again if needed.

How to Add Gamification to Your Curriculum

Start with small steps. An example of this is to use badges and points versus grades. Students will apply this to a game, and it can create more motivation. Teachers can also send their students on missions rather than assigning homework. They can gain points for these missions!

References:

http://shellyterrell.com/2014/04/15/gamify/

http://www.alicekeeler.com/teachertech/2014/01/20/getting-started-with-gamification/

http://www.wired.com/2014/10/video-game-literacy/

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