I recently read a post on Lifehacker about how a guy had “gamified” his life by setting up a points system to incentivize behavior. In summary, things he enjoyed doing were given a cost value, and things that he didn’t were given a points value. He could then track the points he had accumulated and […]
“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 or activity you can think of, it is in reality a game.” – Bernard Suits The opening of the grasshopper begins with the death of the grasshopper from Aesop’s Fables. However, […]
One of the elements that is highly frustrating in MMORPGS is the grind. It can be summarized as the (seemingly) pointless activities that the players undertake to acquire the points to progress and engage in the game proper. Typically these are activities that the player can accomplish with relative ease and have become thoughtless and […]
The more a job inherently resembles a game …. the more enjoyable it will be regardless of the worker’s level of development Mihaly Csikzentmihalyi, Flow, p. 152 Mihaly argues that work can be made to be less boring and more autotelic by introducing some of the elements of games into the workplace. This view is […]
Learning is very similar to the wind if you are experiencing it you can feel its effect but if you are removed from it like, say, a teacher, it is an invisible force acting on the landscape that you can only glimpse through a window.
Students like to know where they stand in relation to each other, and in relation to their grades. The ability to see where you currently are, relative to your skill in a subject, provides excellent feedback and goal setting opportunities. However this knowledge can be a double-edged sword when it comes to student performance. This […]
Today I have a little something different for everyone. This is a teacher’s guide I produced. The aim of the handout is to enable teachers to run a creative writing class using minimum materials. [gview file=”http://peadarcallaghan.com/teacher/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/sleeping-student-1.pdf”] Let me know what you think of the format and if people like I will post more in that […]
So this one is a writing exercise. Students write a story about one of four hero pictures provided by the teacher. The teacher can use this as a homework exercise or as an in class team writing exercise. the teacher should provide the students with vocabulary or be prepared to answer vocabulary questions students may […]