Game Design, Gamification, Learning Design and Assorted Other Strangeness

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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

Bright Spots in the Class

It is sometimes too easy for teachers to see the bad behavior of their students. We can notice a student who is distracted, or not doing

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

First Order Rules and Instruction

Teachers often struggle against becoming the “Sage on the Stage”. This post will look at one of the areas where the sage takes center stage

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

A Dice Does Not a (Good) Game Make

In the field of ESL/EFL it is common to see “board games” where the students roll a dice and then answer the questions in English

What’s Fun?

Fun is a word that we as teachers hear a lot. Whether it is from students who are moaning at the lack of it in

3rd Space Learning

Does education have to take place in a formal school based environment? Is school truly the “Work of children”? In 1989 Ray Oldenburg proposed his

Mind Mapping Conversations

The tip of the tongue phenomena is a killer. The words just seem to freeze in the brain and refuse to come out. It is

Games and Activities

A presentation once asked the question, what is the difference between a game and an activity in an educational environment? The presenter went on to