The Engagement Evolution

Education is constantly changing. Ever evolving in the midst of varying pedagogies, changing models, and new technological trends. And we, as teachers, continue to look at our curriculum to determine if so much of what we do, is making any difference at all. And the one constant- that seems to be negated – and we try ever so hard to fix, is student engagement. The status quo, in regards to student engagement, isn’t working. So we continue to look at ways to change this trend. To engage our students and to reinvigorate life into the classroom to a captured audience. It’s hard to get someone’s attention… But even harder to keep it. And with everything going on in a student’s life, sometimes school just seems to take a backseat. So how do we continue to evolve and succeed in engaging our students in the classroom? Continue reading “The Engagement Evolution”

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Getting Serious About Games: Part 4- Grades and Leaderboards

Figuring out how grades and the grading system will play out is probably the most daunting task of gamifying your class, but also the most logical to completing the gamified setting. Just deciding to use XP and AP and leaving it at that would be a major detriment to your students and the flow of the gamified class. And parents, much like their children, want to see how their child is performing in your class.

Once the basics of a gamified class are underway: XP, AP, and Badges, the next task is synthesizing all of the student work into one log to showcase their accomplishments. Enter the leaderboard…

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5 Ed-tech Programs to (RE)engage Students in the Classroom

As teachers, we think it’s the student’s job to be engaged in every lesson we teach. Listen to us lecture, take notes, and understand our every word. And we think that a well behaved student is an engaged student (and this couldn’t be any further from the truth). Being an 80’s kid myself, I think we have all seen what a behaved, yet unengaged student looks like, cue Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

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