Before I answer this question, let me just tell you briefly about a TEDx talk show that I’ve watch recently.
This show was specifically talking about the topic on the power of gamification in education. TEDx Speaker Scott Hebert, a previous high school science teacher openly talked about the boredom students face at school. He provided examples as to what students say,
“”Why can’t I do things in ways that I like doing them? Why all the rubrics?”
I’m sure that all of us have experienced some kind of boredom in at least one of our classes in high school and have complained at least something about the work. I definitely have! And I definitely understand where these students are coming from.
(See his talk on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOssYTimQwM)
So what does this tell teachers? I think the students are telling teachers that they’re creative and passionate about their work if they are not learning from textbooks and worksheets!
In a recent book I’ve read called Daring Greatly by Brene Brown, I came across a quote that resonated within me.
“If we want to reignite innovation and passion, we have to humanise work.”By Brene Brown
From this quote I think the main word here is “humanise”- bringing back life into student’s work. How? Through interactive widgets that are fun and engaging for students.
So, back to my main question; “would I recommend gamification in a classroom setting?”
Well we all play games to entertain ourselves so why shouldn’t we include gamification in the classroom when research has shown that children love playing all types of games? If it means that students would be dedicated learners who take initiative in their leaning and have fun during the lesson, then yes, I would definitely recommend gamification in a classroom setting.
*Note: Of course, teachers should check the games themselves before showing it to students to use.
TEDx Talks (2018). The Power of Gamification in Education | Scott Hebert | TEDxUAlberta [Youtube video]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOssYTimQwM
Brown, B. (2015). Daring Greatly: How the courage to be vulnerable transforms the way we live, love, parent and lead. London, United Kingdom: Penguin Books Ltd