Using Gaming Principles to Engage Students
Douglas Kiang – EdTechTeacher
Game designers understand how to make games memorable and “sticky” in the sense that, even when you aren’t playing the game, you’re still thinking about solving its problems and puzzles. As teachers, how might we make our projects and content as sticky as games? How can we engage kids in thoughtful learning even after they leave the classroom? Here are game designers’ top five secrets and some tips on using these same game dynamics to make learning in your classroom as addictive as gaming.
- The Story Dynamic: Wrap Them Up in the Story
- The Failure Dynamic: Fail Early, Fail Often
- The Flexibility Dynamic: Provide Multiple Paths to Success
- The Progression Dynamic: Scaffold and Recognize Progress
- The Construction Dynamic: Build Something That Matters