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Sunday, November 4

  1. page S1T10 Work Space edited ... Essay Quest - the gamification of a grade 4 personal essay unit The grade four essay unit was…
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    Essay Quest - the gamification of a grade 4 personal essay unit
    The grade four essay unit was new last year. It was a challenge to teach for a variety of reasons. One reason is that students have very little experience with the genre - no one pulls toddlers onto their knee and reads them essays. Another reason is that many children have no desire to write an essay because they don't understand when and why to use them in real life. A third reason the unit was a challenge is that following the Lucy Caulkins style of writing workshop, mini-lessons are taught but many children avoid using the strategies that were taught.
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    The basic idea is to turn using the strategies into a questing game. I'm using Bitstrips to create the storyline and I'm embedding it all in a Google Site since our students are learning to use Google Apps.
    You can view the game design here:
    https://workflowy.com/shared/e31124a4-8b9b-4945-d340-90ec9b6962d0/
    At the moment the design is grander than I'll be able to implement, but I had fun planning it.
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    @MatthewWinner
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    real life. Yet anotherA third reason the
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    can take.
    The basic idea is to turn using the strategies into a questing game. I'm using Bitstrips to create the storyline and I'm embedding it all in a Google Site since our students are learning to use Google Apps.
    You can view the game design here:
    https://workflowy.com/shared/e31124a4-8b9b-4945-d340-90ec9b6962d0/
    At the moment the design is grander than I'll be able to implement, but I had fun planning it.
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    @MatthewWinner
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  4. page S1T10 Work Space edited ... This canvas won't be blank for long. Claim some space below and start fleshing out how you'll…
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    This canvas won't be blank for long.
    Claim some space below and start fleshing out how you'll gamify your classroom or library this year. Leave questions or room for others to provide feedback if you'd like. DEFINITELY leave your name somewhere, too, so we know who to credit when we borrow the brilliant idea :)
    @ssedro
    Essay Quest - the gamification of a grade 4 personal essay unit
    The grade four essay unit was new last year. It was a challenge to teach for a variety of reasons. One reason is that students have very little experience with the genre - no one pulls toddlers onto their knee and reads them essays. Another reason is that many children have no desire to write an essay because they don't understand when and why to use them in real life. Yet another reason the unit was a challenge is that following the Lucy Caulkins style of writing workshop, mini-lessons are taught but many children avoid using the strategies that were taught.
    This little game is my first attempt at gamifying anything. I have warned the teachers that this will likely be a major fail and the kids may think it is lame. Even so, more signed up for the pilot than I can take.

    @MatthewWinner
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Wednesday, October 24

  1. page S2T3 Designing a Game edited ... I tend to be a bit competitive, especially with myself, so hopefully this will motivate me to …
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    I tend to be a bit competitive, especially with myself, so hopefully this will motivate me to be successful.
    @143books THE OVERDUE AVENGERS
    {OVERDUE AVENGERS.JPG} http://thesunbreak.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/the-avengers.jpg with edited in MS WORD clip art .
    ----First bring back the books, then shawarma.----
    Each teacher is allowed to choose a superhero avatar to represent them, and together they form a team - the OVERDUE AVENGERS. You could post these avengers on the media center website, and teachers will see weekly class totals in a leader board.
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  2. page S2T3 Designing a Game edited ... Emotional Reaction: I tend to be a bit competitive, especially with myself, so hopefully this…
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    Emotional Reaction:
    I tend to be a bit competitive, especially with myself, so hopefully this will motivate me to be successful.
    @143books THE OVERDUE AVENGERS
    {OVERDUE AVENGERS.JPG}
    ----First bring back the books, then shawarma.----
    Each teacher is allowed to choose a superhero avatar to represent them, and together they form a team - the OVERDUE AVENGERS. You could post these avengers on the media center website, and teachers will see weekly class totals in a leader board.
    Basic Gameplay
    Earning Points:
    Teachers will be given a weekly check box to assess themselves in these two categories (max 20 points a week)
    If you make a weekly agenda for students and include book return on the appropriate day, or have students write it on the appropriate day themselves you get 10 points
    If you remind students verbally to bring books back the day before they are due, it’s another 10 points
    The checkbox will be brought to media center when class visits, and entered into the database/updated on the website.
    Deductions
    Every time a student in a class has an overdue notice, that teacher loses 5 points.
    Bonus points awarded by media center aide, or media specialist:
    If a teacher or a student returns a book that someone else left behind (like the lunch room, on top of lockers, or on the playground) and tells the media aide/specialist where they found it, the teacher, (or whatever teacher of the student) is awarded an extra 10 points.
    If students come to the media center, and they have no overdue notices during that visit, the teacher will get an additional 20 point bonus.
    Winning the Game
    The classroom teacher(s) with the highest amount of points will have their avatar displayed on the door of the media center/ or a bulletin board. At the end of the year, the 6 classrooms with the highest totals will be recognized as the “Official Overdue Avengers” and these teachers will be supplied with an actual costume or mask & photographed for the school newsletter. The students will also get to have the privilege of voting on what types of bookmarks the media center orders for the following year, (possibly extra recess? or other reward - still playing with the idea)
    Watch out for the Zombies
    If a class enters negative numbers, the teacher will not be able to earn points, and they will have their avatar zombified, and remain that way until all overdue books are back in/payed for, at which point the avatar will be restored and set at zero, regardless of how many points they were in the hole for.
    Adaptations
    I think you could easily adapt this scoring system to better reflect what your school’s current overdue/borrowing habits are.
    If it’s a success maybe you could allow teachers who are “good at the game” the option to level up and they will lose more points for overdue books but have the chance of a bigger reward at the end of the game?

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Monday, October 22

  1. page S2T3 Designing a Game edited ... e. FREE CHOICE - identify an otherwise mundane task in your workplace and create a game to acc…
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    e. FREE CHOICE - identify an otherwise mundane task in your workplace and create a game to accomplish the task in a more engaging, motivating way
    To submit an entry for this challenge, post a description of your game in the space below.
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    Shelving game {http://www.willard.lib.mi.us/historical/bcphotos/individuals/images/h46_4563.jpg}
    Title: Shelving Wars (choice e - Free Choice)
    Goal: to daily shelve all of the books returned/checked in at our school library
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    5. Points may be DEDUCTED from the Score Board if the Librarian finds books that are shelved incorrectly! Librarian will randomly spot check each TAs work during the week.
    6. The TA with the most points at the end of the week is declared the winner! (Small weekly prizes will be awarded)
    *picture from http://www.willard.lib.mi.us/historical/bcphotos/individuals/h46_4563.htm
    Quest4Hope - Social Job Search Game
    Authors: Michael Rosario and Francis Rosario
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