Wow! The response to my last post, How I’m Gamifying my High School Government Class, was AWESOME! Your encouraging comments and Tweets are so reassuring, especially since I have absolutely no idea about the world of online gaming!
Some of you expressed some interest in the actual setup of my gamified unit, so here it is!
A quick note about the badges...
I have been researching different websites that offer digital badges for my students. Schoology (my learning management system of choice!) provides teachers with the option of awarding existing badges (electronically) to students, as well as creating their own. After signing up for a free account with another popular tool, Class Badges, teachers can create and award badges to their students electronically. Teachers establish “classes” and provide students with a registration code to access their class…very similar to the sign up process of learning management systems, or other online classroom tools.
After I introduced my students to “their mission,” I asked what they felt would be more meaningful; awarding badges electronically or if they would rather physically have the badges. I made sure to emphasize that the badges would be made from card stock, and would not mimic a Girl or Boy Scout badge 🙂
I was very surprised at their response. My students feel that physically having the badges would be “cooler” than an electronic version.
I’m so glad I asked!
More to come on the world of “Gamified Government” soon!
Thanks for reading 🙂