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Notes on Gaming #2

Thursday, August 6th I purposefully rolled August 6th into today’s post because I didn’t want any of my students reading it and getting any hints. ūüôā I don’t think I’ve said this, but I have created a character ¬†– The Lit (short for literacy) Master. Students can decide if they want to receive emails from …

Notes on Gaming – Week One

If I want to pay attention to how gaming plays out in my instruction then I have to start taking notes. The easiest way (I think) for me to do this is to take notes every day that it is relevant to do so. Each Friday ¬†I will post these notes for you to see. …

Next Steps in Gaming

I’ve outlined a number of ways to get into gaming your classroom. While these have applied to my teacher education courses, the general principles can be utilized across contexts. Remember that I took the ideas from Chris who had initially implemented them in a high school English class. So don’t get too hung up on …

The Item Shop (Gaming in Teacher Education)

We’ve reached a point where things can get a bit confusing. Heck, I created the syllabus for my course and even I had to go reread it a few times to make sure I got everything right for this post. But, to sum it up, here’s where we are in terms of points students can …

Achievements/Badges/Extra XP (Gaming in Teacher Education)

At this point, we’ve done the following: Written a syllabus Identified quests Identified what XP should be for each quest Converted XP into grades And I want to say that I think that’s a great start. I’m going to continue on down the rabbit hole though. Feel free to follow. In today’s post, I’m going …

Converting XP into Grades (Gaming in Teacher Education)

A couple of weeks ago, I promised to explain how I converted the XP students could earn in my¬†Explorations in Literacy course into a grade. In this post, I will share with you ALL the assignments for the course including links to the directions (if you want them), what the XP are for them, and …

Earning XP and Grades (Gaming in Teacher Education)

In my last post, I discussed how assignments were set up so that some XP counted for grades and some XP did not. When I shared my directions and scoring for the blogging assignment, I included this chart which outlined how I thought about doing XP: Type of Quest XP Heroic Quests (Blogging) Writing Posts …

How to Create Quests (Part II of Gaming in Teacher Education)

Today’s post is the second in my series on how to gamify teacher education courses. Part 1 looked at the overall concept and how I started thinking about it. In this post, I will be talking about how to design quests and then develop experience points (XP) from them. This got a little messy for …

The Syllabus as Verb

Recently, I wrote a post where I talked about how I structured my syllabus around the terms¬†Read, Watch, Do,¬†&¬†Play.¬† I used these terms because I thought they better captured the spirit of the work I was asking students to do in my upcoming online course. I received some feedback on twitter: Now, I don’t have …

Issues of Time in Teaching Online: Part 1

One of the things I have struggled with in going fully online is thinking through issues related to time. Specifically I have had to think through: (a) how much time students should spend engaged in the course during a week and (b) how much time I will be spending. In this post, I want to …

The Importance of Failure

Recently, I came across this article which discusses the importance of normalizing failure as a part of the learning process. Failure, the author argues, is a part of the learning process. However, from the moment we first enter schools failure is treated as something to be avoided at all costs. It is something to be …

The Scary Part About Being a Student

It’s summer! I just moved from North Carolina to Wyoming to start a new job. I’m getting settled in. Posts between now and August 21st will be intermittent as I get up to speed. Regular content will resume August 21st. Recently, I drove about 1800 miles to move from Durham, NC to Laramie, WY. You …

Framing the Problem

When I think about writing a syllabus, and how I want to structure a class, I tend to formulate it around questions. For example, I have taught a class where the overarching question was, “What does it mean to be literate?” and another where it was, “What counts as knowledge?” I then use these larger …

The Campus LMS: Bound to the System

Regardless of if you teach online, face-to-face, or in a hybrid format you likely have some experience with a Learner Management System (LMS). And, I assume your campus subscribes to one which, technically, means you are supposed to use it. So let’s talk about that. First, there are obvious benefits to a campus LMS. For …

May Video Round Up

At the end of each month, I do a brief overview of the videos posted to my You Tube Channel. Here‚Äôs the run down for May: Creating Book Snaps This month, I learned about book snaps and gave them a go. There are lots of possibilities for how you can incorporate them into your instruction. …

Featured Teacher: Eddie Kim

Today, I would like to welcome you to a new segment that I plan to take up: Featured Teacher. There are a lot of great educators out there across all levels, and I am constantly using them to refine and inspire my own teaching. While today’s featured teacher is appearing in my regular Monday post …

Best Of

Welcome to the Best Of page! Here you will find the top 10 most popular posts of all time. This page will get updated twice a year. Enjoy. Confessions of a Bored Academic What is a Struggling Reader? How to Create Quests (Part II) Teaching in a Virtual Environment Pop Culture & Reading Comprehension Let’s …

Tweaking Quests and XP

I’m back at work on my fall courses (started in May). Why? Because I’m super excited about them that’s why. This will be my second year applying principles of gamification to my courses. Last year, I applied it to three/four. In the fall, I will apply it to two. Let’s talk about one of the …

New Assignment: Social Networking

In one of my fall masters level classes, I have a new assignment (aka quest) that I’m calling Social Networking. This is my attempt to get the teachers in the course to think about how they might use social networking tools. It is also an optional quest. This fall, I have three required quests and …

Let’s Get Rid of Classes

I was having a discussion recently with some folks, and the topic of gamification briefly came up. It was a side conversation – not really pertinent to what we were discussing – so we didn’t stay on it too long. But in that moment I had an idea about how we approach teacher education: It’s …