How do I gamify my classroom smartly?

At first glance, game-inspired learning and gamification seem to be simple ways to make lessons more engaging. However, introducing game elements into the classroom is more than just applying reward systems, like points and badges, arbitrarily to class activities and hoping that they would make the activity more engaging for students. They are also not just about turning every lesson into a game that students play in class. Rather, they are a PROCESS in which…

Continue reading

Why should we merge games and education?

For a long time, video games and education are two factions that have been kept apart from each other as much as possible because games have traditionally been associated merely with entertainment and being a distraction from the serious business of school. Why, then, is there currently such buzz over learning pedagogies that involve the adoption of games or its principles? Are they simply fads that make learning appear more appealing without enhancing knowledge acquisition and critical thinking abilities in…

Continue reading

Infographic: The Gamification of Education

The following infographic provides an insight into edu-gaming and how gamification and game principles can motivate students to continue progressing with game elements that are applied well. These game elements can help students visualize their successes, which in turn instills a sense of pride in their work. In addition, games offer a variety of ways to make projects fun and creative for students, while ensuring effective transfer of information and retention of key learning concepts. Gamification has tremendous…

Continue reading

Gamification, Game-Based Learning, and Game-Inspired Learning

It has been argued that besides just possessing teaching and training abilities, games (especially serious games) have the potential to disrupt and change fundamental attitudes and perspectives about the world, that may possibly result in long-term social change. Give this background, it’s not surprising that game-related pedagogies are a vast topic for discussion. Before effective game-related pedagogy can occur, it is important to distinguish among the existing definitions and understand the differences between gamification, game-based…

Continue reading