Leverage social power

Game principle: Leverage social power (利用群众激励) : A powerful way to build a better learning environment is to leverage the power of social dynamics — to get students to help each other and to recognize each other’s contributions.  Game-like elements can be introduced to promote collaboration, peer mentoring and teaching, peer recognition/status, and positive social influence. Classroom implementation ideas include: leaderboards for prosocial behavior, and prosocial currency like Like! cards.  Communal discovery/group challenges are also useful, in…

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Paul Andersen: Biohazard 5. A game-based flipped classroom

“Good morning, my name is Mr Andersen and my classroom is a video game “. So begins a 2012 TEXx talk  in which Paul Andersen  describes how he uses game mechanics to increase motivation in his classroom.  Paul is the 2011 Montana Teacher of the Year and was one of four finalists for National Teacher of the Year.   Schooling level: High School Location: Bozeman High School, Montana. Game-based learning approach: Transformation of year-long Biology course as a multi-player game.…

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Joli Barker: The Fearless Classroom

Award winning teacher, Joli Barker has created an innovative elementary school classroom where, in her words,  students are active players in their own educational game. Schooling level: Second Grade elementary. Location: Earl H. Slaughter Elementary School in McKinney, Texas. Game-based learning approach: Transformation of whole classroom. Game-design principles: All 5 game principles are evident in Joli’s classroom. Why?  Joli had a desire to increase engagement and motivation – she was  inspired by Jane McGonigal’s book  Reality is Broken: Why Games Make…

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