Gaming in Education: Gamification?
My most popular posts for TheEdublogger (arguably THE most popular posts ;P ) have been centered on the use of games and gaming within the education system. Since I’ve covered a few of the big players in the video game industry, and how they have adapted to support educational methods, I thought I would have a look at ways you can integrate gaming into your classroom WITHOUT the aid of a video game. Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce today’s special guest, Gamification. What is Gamification Gamification is, granted, a controversial topic. It focuses on using game thinking and game mechanics to turn an otherwise mundane task into something engaging and perhaps even competitive. Obviously, the classroom is primarily about learning, but engaging and motivating students can be a challenge. Methods of Gamification The are a huge variety of gamification methods, ranging from the simple to the complex. 1. In Education: Actually achievements have been used in schools for a long time already.