This was the first video I watched about “Gamifying Education”. I was so excited that I immediately showed it to my own children (ages 11 & 12) to see what they thought about the concept. They said they wished that ALL their teachers would do that to their classrooms! I was convinced too. And so it began…
The first thing I decided to do was to watch more videos about gamification. Penny Arcade has some others that are good too, but I wanted to see what the cutting-edge technology gurus were saying about it. Here are links to some other amazing discussions on the topic of gaming and education. I highly recommend them as a first step toward wrapping your head around the idea:
There are many different websites that have excellent resources for learning about gamification, game design, and games-based learning. Here is a Wiki that constantly adds more and more resources:
If you are really obsessed, like I am, here are some online courses (some are free) that you can participate in – I learned A TON!!
Also consider looking in iTunesU, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and other media areas for gamification topics. You’ll be surprised how much is out there!
This is also an amazing (and relatively inexpensive) resource created by Mr.Daley that I continue to refer to, especially during my beginning stages of gamification:
Education Gamification Survival Kit (TeachersPayTeachers)
Next: Setting up my classroom and curriculum for “the game”…