About the Author

I absolutely LOVE teaching, especially 6th grade Language Arts and Gifted! I’m always looking for ways to make learning exciting, fun, entertaining, and most of all – REAL.  While raising my three children during the 1990’s and 2000’s I played all the cool video games with them, (even at times to the point of obsession I have to admit). The RPG games were my favorites: Super Mario, Donkey Kong, Earthbound, Zelda, and Harvest Moon. Once I discovered social media and it’s gamification, when I started hearing a buzz about how game design elements can be used and actually enhance education, I had to know more. My husband will probably agree that I’ve become obsessed with the gamification of education. During my summer teaching hiatus of 2012, I started reading, learning, and planning how I could use my existing curriculum and make it more fun and engaging for my Middle School students (and me) through the process of gamification. This blog is my attempt to share my journey with others who are also interested in how it might actually work and what it might actually look like in a real class.  I’m also personally using it to reflect on the good, the bad and the ugly so I can continue to make adjustments and modifications to my teaching methods, so my students come out more successful in the other side.

I’m very active in several online Professional Learning Communities like Edmodo, various Google+ Communities. You may also find me continuing to dive headfirst into any and all professional gamification opportunities I can find.  A big part of learning involves sharing and having discussions and I try to do both every chance I get! In no way do I consider myself an expert on gamification.  I still have a lot to learn about a lot of things.  One of these days I’m going to meet the top gamification gurus! It might be somewhere in a Second Life coffee shop, in Minecraft, or in Worlds of Warcraft 🙂 I’d love to to attend one or two of the annual Gamification Summits in New York or San Francisco, and I plan to one day have my dream job: Curriculum Game Designer!

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  1. Michelle, you have done some amazing things with this blog, your classes, and the numerous sites that I have surfed! I teach IBMYP English 9, 10 & 11 in Northern Virginia, use Edmodo, and I am in the early stages of flipping my classroom. I want to start bringing in gaming concepts next. Please share how you built the class websites, Flipside and Celestia, using Wix. I have already set-up a class website through Weebly, but your sites are impressive, to say the least. For example, what template did you use to get Flash and the homepage for Flipside? My twitter account is @seannewborn and my email is sjnewborn@gmail.com. Thanks so much!

    Sean

    • Thank you Sean! It continues to be a challenge but I’m having as much fun creating the sites and redesigning my curriculum as the kids seem using them. I use the blank flash template. It allows me more freedom with the canvas and access to their built-in animations. I’ve actually just reached my storage limit so I’ll be creating another site from scratch very soon (“Flipside: Part 2”). It’s perfect timing for me to screencast my process. That will be the next set of posts next week. Stay tuned 🙂

  2. Adrienne Paulson

    Hi Michele,
    I am a student at Boston University doing a Masters in Information Systems. We have a project this term on gamification of education, and I would love to get your perspective on this beyond your already fantastic blog! If you have a moment of time, I would love to hear from you.
    My email address is apaulson@bu.edu

    – Sincerely, Adrienne

  3. That is what I am looking for!
    Thank you so much.

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  5. This blog has been very beneficial to me as a resource in developing my thesis on Gamification and the use thereof in a grade school learning environment. Thank you Michelle!

    I would also like to add that a budding Stack Exchange site is growing a community on this topic and we could use the support of like minded individuals. Join us if you care to, we would love your support and perspective: http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/61762/gamification?referrer=ZG_0-6VDCHb4DMkBFIDkbA2It

  6. Amanda Latscha

    Michelle –
    I teach high school English in Ohio. After completing my researching in assessment for my Masters two summers ago, I became increasingly interested in gamifying my classroom. However, I find it difficult to find resources for ENGLISH! I am so glad I found your website/blog.
    I would love to pick your brain about process, content, classroom management. If you have time and wouldn’t mind communicating with me, I would really appreciate the opportunity to learn from someone who is doing it!
    My email is alatscha@holgateschools.org

    • Thank you! I’m still working on it. This year has been my biggest struggle so far but I’m not giving up 🙂 I’m happy to connect! I’ll send you an email soon. We’re about to go on Spring Break!

    • I’ve started modifying my Flipside game to support ELA 8 Common Core strands, clusters and standards. I’ve already started finding more resources out there than before. I’m planning on beginning implementation it in a few weeks and hope to have time to blog more about the progress and process.

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