13 Resources on Gamifying Learning

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13 Resources on Gamifying Learning

Gamifying lessons or adding game-based learning activities create student choice opportunities to do additional skill tasks, readings, and experiments. Learn how to add gaming elements to your classroom with this selection of resources just released on ASCD myTeachSource®.

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Cooperative Gaming in Math Class (ASCD Express)

Cooperative games call on players to team up to defeat the game itself (in this case, math teacher Mr. Glass). In this example from author Jonathan Cassie, students design 30 math problems to stump their teacher, while Glass creates 10 to stymie his students. In a timed competition, students work together using speed, accuracy, and content knowledge to beat the game by correctly finishing their problems first.

Epic Fail or Win? Gamifying Learning in My Classroom (Edutopia)

Liz Kolb, contributing blogger at Edutopia and professor in teacher education at the University of Michigan, shares her top tips and lessons learned from gamifying her lessons.

Game-Based Learning Issue (ASCD Express)

This issue of ASCD Express is devoted to the ins and outs of game-based learning, including frequent feedback on progress, customized practice toward mastery, and achievable, meaningful goals which can boost students’ motivation and resilience with challenging tasks. No gadgets required—gamification is all about creating the conditions for flow.

How Gaming Connects SEL and Career Readiness (Edutopia)

Read more on the benefits of gamifying your classroom in this Edutopia post by ASCD author Maurice J. Elias. Leverage your students’ interests in gaming to build social and emotional learning—skills that will be valuable in their future jobs.

How to Plan Instruction Using the Video Game Model (Edutopia)

Challenge is a powerful motivator when students take on tasks they find meaningful and, through their efforts and perseverance, succeed. The computer game model correlates to using achievable, incremental challenge, with goal-progress recognition. Judy Willis steps you through the steps of scaffolding and measuring incremental progress in this Edutopia blogpost.

Marketplace Resources

Level Up Your Classroom: The Quest to Gamify Your Lessons and Engage Your Students (ASCD Book)

In this lively and practical book, seasoned educator Jonathan Cassie shines a spotlight on gamification, an instructional approach that’s revolutionizing K–12 education. Games are well known for their ability to inspire persistence. The best ones feature meaningful choices that have lasting consequences, reward experimentation, provide a like-minded community of players, and gently punish failure and encourage risk-taking behavior. Players feel challenged, but not overwhelmed.

Authentic Learning in the Digital Age: Engaging Students Through Inquiry (ASCD Book)

How can you create an authentic learning environment—one where students ask questions, do research, and explore subjects that fascinate them—in today’s standards-driven atmosphere? Author Larissa Pahomov offers insightful answers based on her experience as a classroom teacher at the Science Leadership Academy, a public high school in Philadelphia that offers a rigorous college-prep curriculum and boasts a 99 percent graduation rate. Pahomov outlines a framework for learning structured around five core values: inquiry, research, collaboration, presentation, and reflection.

Cultivating Curiosity in K–12 Classrooms: How to Promote and Sustain Deep Learning (ASCD Book)

Curiosity comes from within—we just have to know how to unleash it. We learn by engaging and exploring, asking questions and testing out answers. Yet our classrooms are not always places where such curiosity is encouraged and supported. Cultivating Curiosity in K–12 Classrooms describes how teachers can create a structured, student-centered environment that allows for openness and surprise, where inquiry guides authentic learning. Award-winning educator Wendy L. Ostroff shows how to foster student curiosity through exploration, novelty, and play; questioning and critical thinking; and experimenting and problem solving.

Overcoming Textbook Fatigue: 21st Century Tools to Revitalize Teaching and Learning (ASCD Book)

In this example-packed book, ReLeah Cossett Lent shows how educators can reclaim the curriculum by shifting the textbook from sole source to resource. She also gives advice on using Common Core State Standards throughout the school and in the classroom. Teachers, coaches, curriculum coordinators, and administrators will discover proven techniques that will revitalize teaching and learning in every content area.

Teaching 21st Century Skills: An ASCD Action Tool (ASCD Book)

Based on the work of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, the framework for 21st century learning described in this action tool is built on a foundation of academic subject knowledge that students apply through the essential skills of critical thinking and problem solving, creativity and innovation, communication, and collaboration. 

ASCD Members Only

Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age: A Framework for Inquiry (Member-only Webinar)

Technology is becoming ever more present in our schools. But to maximize its value for students, educators need a clear framework for how to make its use meaningful. Larissa Pahomov shares a road map for teachers who want to facilitate authentic, student-driven learning in the technology-rich classroom.

Sparking Student Creativity (Member-only Webinar)

Patti Drapeau shows how to shift your existing instructional practice to one that encourages imagination, creativity, innovation, and problem solving across content. This type of active instruction is designed to promote deep learning.

Cultivating Curiosity in K–12 Classrooms: How to Promote and Sustain Deep Learning (Premium & Select Members Access All Chapters)

Premium and select members can read all chapters. Author and award-winning educator Wendy L. Ostroff shows how to foster student curiosity through exploration, novelty, and play; questioning and critical thinking; and experimenting and problem solving. Includes techniques to try, scaffolding advice, and relevant research from neuroscience and psychology. This book will help you harness the powerful drive in all learners—the drive to know, understand, and experience the world in a meaningful way.

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