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!