Tag «gamification»

Featured Teacher: Chris Aviles

This month’s Featured Teacher is someone who has had a significant influence on my teaching. Chris Aviles runs the Teched Up Teacher. I came across his work when I was first developing an interest in gamification. It was through his site that I was able to take my college courses and work to gamify them. …

Grading: The Semester View

I wanted to take a moment at the start of the semester and talk a bit about grading. As we all know, I am not a big fan of grades as they are traditionally set up and experienced by students in school. They can stifle learning and end up with students focusing on giving the …

And Now Classes Start….

This is the week that classes get underway. It’s a little strange (I think) how my university does it. Classes start on Tuesday. I have one class that meets on Tuesday, but the other meets on Monday. So this week – no Monday class. My Monday class will meet a week from today and then …

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 …

Scoring Twitter Chats

Last year, I had a goal to improve how I used twitter in my instruction (read about it here, here, and here). My biggest struggle with using twitter has always been how to score it. How many points do I assign someone? How do I know if someone participated enough in terms of quantity and …

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 …

Revising the Extended Twitter Chat

For the last year, I’ve been working on how to use twitter in my instruction. A couple of months ago, I tried doing an asynchronous twitter chat with one of my classes. It went ok – people participated (it wasn’t required), but I didn’t like I how I set it up. It ended up being …

Twitter Chat Follow-Up

Last week, I wrote about having an extended twitter chat with my students. This week, I wanted to follow up with what I learned from it. Keep in mind that the chat was not required, and I did not publicize it to my students beyond posting an announcement about it on twitter. There was a …