The Importance of Randomness

Teachers work very hard to remove randomness from classrooms, be it through organization of time, activity or the direct assignment of groups to undertake the activity. A classroom is often only seen as effective when the random elements are ¬†minimized. But is that always the best option? From the perspective of gamification probably not. If […]

Solved games and boring worklives

“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 page 152 Mihaly argues that work can be made to be less boring and more autoletic by introducing some of the elements of games into the workplace. This view is […]

Gamification and assessment

Very few students enjoy assessment. It is stressful, frustrating and often viewed by students as at best a necessary evil. ¬†It doesn’t have to be however gamification can provide a different way to look at assessment and to design the process better. In the context of education, assessment is quite definitely a game. It maps […]

The Trap of Certainty

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 sided sword when it comes to student performance. […]

All the world is but a game and the people merely players

What is a game? To understand gamification and its impact on teaching this is possibly one of the most fundamental questions. It is also surprisingly difficult to answer. One possible way of answering is to look at the purpose games fulfill for humans. Games allow us to do many different things. They let us experiment […]

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 trying to define what gamification is and possibly more importantly, what it is not. Karl M. Kapp in his book The Gamification of Learning and Instruction¬†defines gamification as “using game […]

Fudge and my Discovery of Rubrics

I have never been particularly good at maths. This sadly has limited some of my enjoyment of roleplaying games, I was sick of “Roll Playing” with the constant modifiers and thaco’s etc. So I started looking around for another system to use in my games. searching on the internet brought me to fudge. A generic […]

Poem

I found this Poem at the back of Carol Ann Tomlinson’s and Marcia B. Imbeau’s “leading and managing a differentiated classroom” (expect a full book review in the future) Yes, But…. I teach in a four-wall box of drab proportions, but choose to make it a place that feels like home. I see too many […]