What Does it Mean to Gamify the Classroom?

Two middle-school teachers will explain The Gamified Classroom for the next Antioch University New England (AUNE) Speaker Series, at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 21, in AUNE’s Community Room. The public is invited to this free event.

When students step into a gamified classroom, they all become players in a role-playing game. At Barrington Middle School in Barrington, New Hampshire, Larry Graykin’s English/Language Arts students are adventurers in the Kingdom of Diddorol, and Diane St. Jean’s reading students are members of the Federation of Inconspicuous Time Travelers.  The children create avatars who sally forth and tame creatures (take tests), go on adventures (do free-choice assignments), and go on quests (take on optional, specific assignments).  As they gain experience, they move through levels…and their grade goes up.

Gamification requires no special equipment (no technology is required), can be used with existing curriculum maps, and can easily accommodate Common Core.  Both the Federation and Diddorol were built for seventh and eighth graders, but a game overlay can be created that will accommodate any content and can be used with any grade level.  The students become more engaged, self-directed learners, and they collaborate more willingly and effectively.  More work is turned in on time and fewer students fail. And along the way, the kids have more fun!

In this informal presentation, Diane and Larry will explain what game overlays are and how they work, share some of their experiences as Game Masters, and answer your questions.  Come learn how the motivating strategies that game designers employ can be adapted to classroom use.

For more information, contact Sean Wiley, 603-283-2431, or email [email protected]

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on email
A black and white image of a circle of young and older people in Uvalde, Texas, holding hands after a gun massacre at an elementary school.

United with Uvalde

Dear Antiochians — I’m sharing with you a message written today by one of our awesome Clinical Mental Health Counseling faculty, Ali Corey, to others

More »
Antioch University

Since our founding 1852, Antioch University has remained on the forefront of social justice, inclusion, and equality – regardless of ethnicity, gender, creed, orientation, focus of study, or ability.

Antiochians actively reflect these shared values to inspire positive change in the world. Common Thread is where we document the stories that showcase our communities actions, so the change we work for can be shared widely.  

© 2020 Antioch University. All Rights Reserved.

Skip to content