Gaming

The Sawyer Effect and Motivation

The Sawyer Effect and Motivation

For those of you who don’t know the story of Tom Sawyer white washing the fence you can read it here. In the story Mark

Is Your Class A Game?

Is Your Class A Game?

“People learn through play” is a statement that almost every teacher, psychologist, educational theorist and even politician can agree on. Play teaches a wide range

Why Study Games?

Why Study Games?

In the academic world this question pops up fairly regularly. It stems from the view of games as pastimes and inconsequential in comparison to the

Press Print to Play?

How do I gamify an activity? This post is a theoretical case study of how to gamify a simple workplace activity. We will be using

The Grasshopper Review

“Everyone alive is in fact engaged in playing elaborate games, while at the same time believing themselves to be going about their ordinary affairs…..Whatever occupation

Enjoyable Failure?

Sometimes ideas about how education should move forward can come from unlikely places. Even something as simple as a smart phone app can raise some interesting

The Explorer In The Classroom

The Explorer in the Classroom

Richard Bartle defined 4 types of players and how they enjoyed playing MUDs (precursors to the modern MMORGS). For a discussion of how these types

5 holiday gifts for the EFL/ESL teacher

5 holiday gifts for the EFL/ESL teacher

With the holidays fast approaching I wanted to share some gift Ideas for the EFL ESL teacher in your life. (Remember that you can always

Players In The Classroom

Players In The Classroom

A Multi-player online (MMO) game is very similar to a modern day classroom. They are both created environments with different ways to interact with material

Gamifying Grammar Drills

Perhaps it’s the word ‘drill’ that fuels my dislike of grammar drills,  as it conjures up in my mind visits to the dentist. Often painful,

What is Gamification?

What is Gamification?

Gamification is a relatively new term. I believe it was coined by the Conundra consulting company in 2003. Given its relative newness, people are still