A quick way to start a conversation is by asking someone about their favorite game. Whether it’s the latest video game craze (Fornite takes the cake there), a beloved childhood board game or the local sports team they never miss watching, games are an engaging topic.
As adults we love games. And so do our students.
Adding elements of gameplay in the classroom increases engagement. Throw in opportunities for students to level up, earn badges and points using teamwork in a friendly competition and watch their motivation skyrocket.
Gamification can be as simple as adding a Kahoot to the end of a unit or as complex as #QRBreakIn, an exciting game-based approach to centers.
During the weekly #DitchBook Twitter chat (Thursdays at 7 p.m. PST / 8 p.m. MST / 9 p.m. CST / 10 p.m. EST), we discussed gamification in the classroom. The conversation included ideas for using gameplay to create experiences that are different, innovative, tech-laden, creative and hands-on.
Below you will find 15 ways to gamify your class. Educators shared ideas along with links to resources so that you can begin using gamification in your classroom right away! Be sure to click on ALL of the blue links for quick access to all of the tools and templates!
A3: Slides/Drawings and even Jamboard are great for remixing games, but you can even make templates out of @wakelet for scavenger hunts & other types of gamification! Like this scavenger hunt for my Save the Immune gamified unit! #DitchBook https://t.co/5BaRAnfv5W— Lᴀᴜʀᴀ Sᴛᴇɪɴʙʀɪɴᴋ #RockNTheBoat (@SteinbrinkLaura) February 21, 2020
A3: We can remix all sorts of games in Slides/Drawings/PowerPoint/Spark. Pull in design elements from the games. Make the template what you need it to be. Then share with students! #ditchbook https://t.co/xhNUUxWPpp— Matt Miller 🎙️@ #NCTIES2020 3/4-5 (@jmattmiller) February 21, 2020
A3: There are lots of ways/tools for this, but it depends some on your theme. I am doing a Marvel's Agents of Shield theme, so side missions for agents will be in the form of QR codes all over campus. Sneaky ways to get learning in outside of class time. 🙂 #DitchBook— Lᴀᴜʀᴀ Sᴛᴇɪɴʙʀɪɴᴋ #RockNTheBoat (@SteinbrinkLaura) September 28, 2018
Q3: I've even used Google Classroom "Question" assignments and had Ss reply to their favorite peer responses with "Winner Winner Chicken Dinner". Student with the highest votes wins #ditchbook— Jenna Ervin (@EverythingErvin) September 28, 2018
A3: @Kahoot & @quizlet! I have heard of @classcraftgame but have never tried. @cospaces_edu is an awesome and unique VR/AR format that is compatible with @MergeVR as well as @oculus and offers coding, physics engines, etc. #ditchbook— Kim Pond, M.Ed 🧙🏽♂️👨👩👧👦🌊 (@YodaPond) September 28, 2018
A3. @storycubes @gimkit @breakoutEDU @quizizz @Flipgrid and @LEGO_Group are staples of my #gamified #studentcentered classroom. LIGHT YEARS beyond Scantron and so thankful to be in Catholic Education away from Big State Standardized Exams! #Ditchbook #CathEdSocial pic.twitter.com/iWrkS6m9Um— John Meehan (@MeehanEDU) September 28, 2018
Q4: I had students last year who wanted to make their own badges for tasks they completed, to encourage higher-performance and competition with the other classes #ditchbook— Jenna Ervin (@EverythingErvin) September 28, 2018
A4. @alicekeeler was likewise nice enough to give me a guest spot on her blog a few weeks back! If you’re looking for a gamified approach to a course syllabus, give it a look! https://t.co/o5tM6t5IXF #Ditchbook— John Meehan (@MeehanEDU) September 28, 2018
How do you feel about game-based learning? How have you used it in class? Which of these ideas could you start using? Leave your ideas in a comment below!
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