A Journey Through Technology

Week 11 Reflection

on November 21, 2016

This week we shared our initial ideas for our gamification plans. I received some excellent feedback and will use that as I work on fine-tuning my plan. I am getting so excited about trying this with my students, and hope that I can be successful with a yearlong game next school year. I am going to try this with one of my units in the spring as a test run, and see if I can collect some data to guide my final planning over the summer.

I read through Sara L, Ali, and Matt’s gamification plans this week. Sara is planning on using Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children as the theme for her game, and students will choose peculiarities with different abilities. Ali is going to use XP for the assignments in her class, and students will be able to earn different amounts of XP for different types of assignments, as long as they earn 80% or higher. I like the idea of having a score requirement to earn XP instead of varying amounts, which is what I was planning. Matt is going to try gamifying his chemistry class after Thanksgiving, and I like his idea of cracking a code to move on. I’m interested in learning more about this code because it is similar to what I was going to have my students do in each of the units of my gamification plan.

This has been such an amazing class. I have started thinking so much about how I teach, and the methods that are best for my students. I want to learn so much more about differentiation and gamification, as I feel these both go hand-in-hand. I’m excited to work on my full plan over the summer, and I’m looking forward to next year even more because of the gamification. I hope I can get some useful data from my students this spring to help guide my work, and I hope my students love this as much as I’m loving planning it!

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