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Mike Skocko
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#RethinkHighSchool: Gamifying the Classroom

Project Published 7/18/17 Last updated on 5/16/18

Did you know that a well-designed game leverages Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development, Csikszentmihalyi’s Flow, Dweck’s Growth Mindset, and Duckworth’s Grit?

I sure didn’t until encountering those surprising connections in month nine of my master’s program in 2011 while working through the introductory quest line at Gamestar Mechanic.

Okay, so maybe my digital mentor didn’t reference those researchers directly but the concepts were certainly front and center. Armed with that knowledge, my experience playing World of Warcraft (I was required to play for 10 days) was transformative. After a few days I knew I had to introduce a gamified curriculum delivery system in my classroom.

Unfortunately, in May of 2011 there were no viable options to do so (3D Game Lab was still in beta at that point) so my students and I set out to create our own system. Here's a peek at where we are today with Game On, our free WordPress plugin.

Whether you opt for a commercial, analog, or even our own system, I urge you to consider how well-implemented game mechanics might enhance your students' experience in your learning environment.

Links: EdEx Game On Group | Game On: A Work in Progress | Game On Download | (re)Imagine

NOTE: All #RethinkHighSchool resources here on the EdEx rely on the concepts expressed in my (re)Imagine blog post. See #RethinkHighSchool: The Series for more information. All resources in this series may be found here. (I'll be adding more all year long.)

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