Saturday, 25 March 2017

Using Gamification for Motivation

As a wrap-up my research for my Genius Hour, one of the overarching themes that transpired throughout my readings about video games in the classroom is the power of gamification. Gamification can really motivate and encourage students to achieve success. However, this success is most powerful when intrinsic motivation already exists. When the activity has a core intrinsic value that students desire, then weaving gamification into it can deepen their engagement and desire to participate. Using gamified elements such as badges and rewards is a great way to foster collaboration amongst students. Extrinsic motivators can also increase self-efficacy and motivate desired behaviours from students. Adding gamified elements within the classroom is also a great way to create an inclusive classroom environment, as it can be modified so that students with exceptionalities can participate!

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