Using Gaming Principles to Engage Students
Game designers understand how to make games memorable and "sticky" in the sense that, even when you aren't playing the game, you're still thinking about solving its problems and puzzles. As teachers, how might we make our projects and content as sticky as games? How can we engage kids in thoughtful learning even after they leave the classroom? Here are game designers' top five secrets and some tips on using these same game dynamics to make learning in your classroom as addictive as gaming. 1. The Story Dynamic: Wrap Them Up in the Story Some of the best games have engrossing stories full of memorable characters and following time-honored patterns from mythology and narrative fiction. In any project-based curriculum, the story is the process. Rather than assessing the final product, find more ways to grade the process. What was surprising? All of these details can be recalled later when they turn in their final project. 2. 3. Early video games provided only one way to win. 4. 5.
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