Games are definitely for kids. But, who says game time and learning time needs to be different?
Learning when culminated in games can bring the best results. Children understand the concepts deeply, develop the ability to solve problems and learn practical application.
But, how do include games in learning? What are the benefits? How can video games really help? Won’t gamifying have negative results?
The questions are never ending. But, you can have answers to all of this at your fingertips.
These 7 blogs can give you all the details, researches and actionable information that is required to understand gamification and put it into practice.
Get inspired by these 7 blogs and make learning fun, easy and engaging for your kids.
Gamification is a blog by Gabe Zichermann. He is an expert and public speaker on the subject of gamification, user engagement and behavioral design and the Co-Founder of the behavior change software startup, Onward.
Source: Gamification, About.
The blog is a pandora’s box for learning about gamification. Let’s look at a few latest posts that you can read
- 3 beneficial impact of games in education for children
- 3 Games in education Examples For the Classroom
- Applying Games in Education As Learning Models
- The Gamified Classroom Series [you can find this on the blog, this is the link to part III.]
Edutopia is an educational foundation by George Lucas. The foundation is dedicated to transforming K-12 education so that all students can acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to thrive in their studies, careers, and adult lives.
- Using Math Apps to Increase Understanding
- Exploring Ancient History With Video Games
- Teaching Empathy With Video Games
- Gamifying Your World Language Classes
- Taking Advantage of the Power of Play
Classcraft is founded by Shawn Young and Devis Young. They believe that the classroom can be reimagined using technology, games, and storytelling to create a learning environment that is culturally relevant to today’s youth. According to their websites, their mission is to make school more relevant and meaningful by creating playful and collaborative learning experiences
- Explore history with ‘Open Heritage’ interactive 3D library
- Future-ready education: The lessons students need to learn aren’t taught by textbooks
- How assessing student types helps me individualize their learning experience
- How I use Dungeons and Dragons in the classroom
Tophat is by Mike Silagadze and Mohsen Shahini. Let’s make education better is their motto and that is what got the founders together. They’re engineers and, like engineers everywhere, they can’t resist fixing things. The classroom, they agreed, needs fixing
- 6 pros & cons of technology in the classroom in 2018
- Gamification in education: 4 ways to bring games to your classroom
- Active learning explained with 8 real life examples
- How to get shy students to participate in class
A game based learning app for kids, founded by Dheeraj Sharma. He approaches PlayAblo the way he approaches parenting – with a fine mix of patience, assertiveness and unwavering support. This is also reflected in the blogs.
- 5 fun activities for kids to explore “touch and feel” sense
- 4 activities to teach different vowels to kids
- 3 fun and engaging activities to teach present tense to kids
- 6 fun activities to teach roman numerals to preschoolers
- 6 fun probability lessons for primary schoolers
TeachJunkie is a blog that is founded by Leslie, a former kindergarten teacher. You’ll find a wide range of topics that stick mainly to grade levels K-5.
- 4 easy and quick parts of a plant activities
- 5 easy magnetism experiments and activities for kids
- 19 fun ideas & resources for force and motion
- 16 classic and creative ways to teach worms
This is not the traditional blog that we have talked about so far. Education.com works on the principle that every user is different, but they share the same goal: to improve the lives of children through education.
You will find a lot of activities on this blog. On the left side, you can sort the activities by grade, type and subjects.
I regularly visit this blog to get ideas on gamifying my home classroom.
There you go!
A list of 7 must read gamification blogs that will answer all your questions and help you get started.