Creating My Interactive Websites

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Merely “gamifying” my classes wasn’t ambitious enough for me I guess. I also wanted to try and give my students something of a video game experience in hopes that it would motivate them further. I drew upon my personal experiences playing video games with my children and interactive websites I had seen other teachers create (via connections I’d made through Edmodo) as my main sources of inspiration. It was definitely a daunting task to say the least and it kept me up late many nights, but I had fun and the resulting sites have been met with continued excitement by my students – which has continued to motivate me further.

If you’re interested in learning how to go about creating an interactive site to support your own curriculum, here are a few videos I’ve made that walk you through my thought and design processes (NOTE: These are my first attempts at creating screencasts and they were limited to fifteen minutes each, which was definitely a challenge)…

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

A “tour” of Flipside

If you have any other questions about how I made the sites, please feel free to leave me your questions in a comment. These sites are still very much works in progress and will be modified periodically as my curriculum changes to support the Common Core State Standards in the coming months.

Next: Introducing “Gamification” and the interactive websites (flipped classroom) model to parents and school administration…

About Michele Alvarez

I enjoy teaching Middle School Language Arts and Gifted classes and gamifying education has become my most recent obsession =]

Posted on February 25, 2013, in Game Based Learning. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Would it be possible to interview your learners asynchronously on their reactions to Flipside? If so, please get in touch.

  2. What websites did you use for your game’s various scenes? Your website has been quite helpful.

  3. Still think this is amazing work. Hopefully will have time later in the year to take another look.

    • Thanks Abena. This year continues to be a struggle, especially without my computer cart and students interested in technology as a whole. I’m working on finding ways to still use gamification in my classes without the technology spin. I’m hoping to be able to write more about it soon 🙂

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