When it comes to learning, humans are fickle creatures: sometimes we love cramming our head full of knowledge, sometimes we hate it. Nobody understands this better than teachers, who work hard each day to motivate students. From experiential learning to peer review, from debates to role-playing, teachers employ countless strategies in their attempts to engage students.
If this year’s edtech blogs are to be believed, though, none of these strategies compare to “gamification.”
Gamification entails the incorporation of game design elements and mechanics into non-game objects and environments. These elements include badges, points, leaderboards, currency, narratives, and special challenges to name but a few. Taken as a whole, these elements typically link desired actions to a motivational reward system. Read more