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Penny Arcade Presents: Gamifying Education

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:

Seth Priebatsch: The game layer on top of the world (TED Talk)

Jane McGonigal: Gaming can make a better world (TED Talk)

G.A.T. Innovative Learning Model (YouTube)

Game Based Learning Education Gamification (Edmodocon 2011 Presentation)

Playing to Learn (Prezi Presentation by Maria Anderson 2012)

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:

Gamification Wiki

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!!

Gamification Coursera

3D Gamelab

Game-Based Learning MOOC

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”…

Posted on February 6, 2013, in Game Based Learning, Teachers and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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