How Gamification Aids the Learning Process
Adding background information to real world objects helps students answer questions and discover more. Augmented reality can be provided for museums, zoos, historical places and more. Students will need to explore and move around the environment to gain information. Quests and challenges can be created by the teacher, making students search and interact.
Students can be together in places otherwise impossible by physical bounds. People from around the globe can participate in the same seminar. Teachers can present to a class of student avatars from anywhere. Students and teachers together can move around virtual representations of real locations without travel. The environment can be manipulated to teach a lesson or show cause and effect.
Teaching the Teachers
New and emerging teachers can perform lectures in front of a virtual audience. The virtual students can be peers or professors. They can play the roles of different types of pupils and allow the teacher to make mistakes in a risk-free arena. Before a class can use a learning game, the teacher must understand it first.
Second Life is used by schools and businesses around the world as a means to learn and interact together virtually. Participants can craft an avatar and game managers can create a unique world for the team or class.
New Ways to Measure Progress
Games already have methods of tracking achievement: scoring points, ascending levels, unlocking badges and earning virtual money. These motivators can drive students to learn in ways no A-plusses can.
Learn How to Fail
Who cracks a game the first time they play it? To defeat that boss or finish that level, it usually takes multiple tries. We analyze what went wrong. We theorize with our gaming buddies on how to win. We take turns trying until someone finally completes the challenge. This persistence, patience and collaboration is essential to success in life.
Learn How to Learn
Don't just learn stuff. Old-fashioned learning was about memorizing facts and delivering them back to the teacher. The modern mind needs to solve problems and complete tasks. There are more ways than one to get to the finish line. Sometimes students take the unknown path to get there.
Simulations such as Sim City challenge the player to create a successful metropolis. Numerous are the paths to that goal. Students will find the way that suits them best.
Create Your Own
With the right tools, building an app is not too tricky. To give a kid a tool is one thing. To teach the kid how to build a tool to fix the problem is another. Students will enjoy a personalized learning experience when they craft it themselves.
Students can easily manipulate the virtual world in ways that are difficult in the real world. Using limited materials and budget in games such as Bridge Builder creates an opportunity to learn from building fantasy.
Be Somebody Else
Role-playing is an important way to view the world from a different angle. Facing a challenge as a mayor, magician or alien broadens the mind. Students can approach a simulation with varied perspectives then discuss how each character was different. Understanding how a different person sees what you see is fundamental.
Dungeons and Dragons has been a source of imaginary escape for years. Now it is more visual, interactive and immersive. Math skills such as probability are necessary.