Gamification 101[2]: Reflecting on Previous Versions

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute This is Part 2 in my continuing saga of my current iteration of a gamified course. Last time I mentioned one of the changes I implemented last year was to offer small bonuses for getting things in by a particular … Continue reading

Gamification 101[1]: Preface to the Start of Term with a Gamified Course

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes I’m just about to start term with a gamified course. I’ve been developing this design for a number of years now and thought I’d provide a bit of a journal on what we I am doing and how it’s going. My … Continue reading

Tech or No Tech in the Classroom? The debate Continues.

Approximate Reading Time: 3 minutes Came across this: Why I’m Asking You Not to Use Laptops – Lingua Franca – Blogs – The Chronicle of Higher Education. I suspect it is because we are starting a new school year that this topic is popping up a … Continue reading

Enough with the Testing Already

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes I came across this article: “Sorry, I’m Not Taking This Test” | Mother Jones. We don’t seem to be quite as maniacal about it in Canada, but standardized testing has spread like an epidemic in the US. Without the proper perspective … Continue reading

Can Badges and Leaderboards make Low-Income Students Participate more in Campus life?

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes An article about how a “gamified” interface to campus life is supposed to help low-income students (can you tell I’m skeptical?). Here’s what they do: Give out points and badges for doing stuff. Reward competing against their fellow students to earn … Continue reading

Mail Merge with FormMule: EdTechTeam Google Summit Debrief, Part 2 of 2

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute This past weekend I was at the EdTechTeam Google Summit. I went last year as well (I presented last year on gamification with Google). I always learn interesting, useful, and inspiring things. This time I plan to share a few … Continue reading

5 Cool Ways to Use Forms: EdTechTeam Google Summit Debrief, Part 1 of 2

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute This past weekend I was at the EdTechTeam Google Summit. I went last year as well (I presented last year on gamification with Google). I always learn interesting, useful, and inspiring things. This time I plan to share a few … Continue reading

Worth Sharing: grmr.me

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute This past weekend I was at the EdTechTeam Google Summit. I learned about a number of tools that I think are worth sharing. This is one: grmr.me is a resource created by an English teacher for English teachers. It provides short videos explaining some of … Continue reading