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Beyond Badges (CCES Conference) - Why Simple Gamification of Teacher PD Isn't Enough

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Badging and microcredentials are all the rage in teacher professional development, however, if we're just sticking badges on a workshop, we're accomplishing nothing. In this presentation, Lucas Gillispie explains how his gamified PD program, EPIC Academy works and lessons learned.

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Beyond Badges (CCES Conference) - Why Simple Gamification of Teacher PD Isn't Enough

  1. 1. Beyond badges why simple gamification isn’t enough with teacher professional development
  2. 2. Lucas Gillispie Director of Academic and Digital Learning Surry County Schools On Twitter: @lucasgillispie
  3. 3. epicacademy.info
  4. 4. Why?
  5. 5. Feedback on typical PD from classroom teachers: “The PD is dictated to me...” “It’s boring...” “I don’t have time...” “I can read PowerPoint slides, myself...” “I’m too tired at the end of a day of teaching for a workshop...” “It doesn’t address my needs...” “There’s no follow- up...” “When will I use this again?” 10
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  7. 7. What teachers really want in their PD: Opportunities for networking and collaboration... Differentiation! CHOICE!! Variety in format. Motivation and inspiration. Connectedness - relational and technological. True accountability. Fun. 10
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  9. 9. Play/Fun Game Elements, Online Platform Professional Development: Ideas, Needs, and Issues 11
  10. 10. When do we outgrow our desire for choice?engagement?agency?community?fun?
  11. 11. What is a game?
  12. 12. Jane McGonigal
  13. 13. Jane McGonigal Goals Rules Feedback Voluntary Participation
  14. 14. What is Gamification?
  15. 15. The Application of Game- like Mechanics to Non-Game Situations
  16. 16. it’s dangerous it can be done badly
  17. 17. it’s not a magic pill But it IS a rabbit hole
  18. 18. epic academy Game-Inspired Teacher Professional Development
  19. 19. Voluntary
  20. 20. Self-Paced
  21. 21. Choice-Driven
  22. 22. Job-Embedded
  23. 23. online mostly
  24. 24. Social
  25. 25. Fun?
  26. 26. “Fun is the emotional response to learning.” -Chris Crawford 3029
  27. 27. e p i c ngaging layful nnovative onnected
  28. 28. How Does It Work?
  29. 29. Quest-Based Learning
  30. 30. Dr. Chris Haskell
  31. 31. $119 per year 175 concurrent users Seriously, That’s Cheap!
  32. 32. Customizable Avatar Ranks Indicating Your Overall Progress Bars That Fill to Show Progress toYour Goal Feedback!
  33. 33. Instructional and Technical Design
  34. 34. Everyone Starts Here Choices!
  35. 35. Increasing Investment in An Idea Badge/ Recognition for Completing A Quest Chain A Sample Quest Chain
  36. 36. Big Ideas (Super Quests) Super-Badge
  37. 37. Players Rate QuestsXP Value Short Description Quests Required to Unlock This One
  38. 38. Option to Drop
  39. 39. LMS Integration
  40. 40. LMS Integration All evidences and reflections are shared in the community page in our LMS Social elements such as discussion boards grow community and connectedness.
  41. 41. Badges and Achievements
  42. 42. But, What About CEUs? 100XP = 0.1 CEUs 1000XP = 1.0 CEUs 100XP = 1 hour’s worth of PD 50XP = 30 min. 25XP = 15 min. “Cash them in at regular intervals (1000XP?)”
  43. 43. What SCS Says This Person Has Demonstrated
  44. 44. Embedded Alignment to Digital Learning Competencies XP for Each Competency
  45. 45. Detailed Data On Participating Teachers
  46. 46. Community Stats About one year ago 89 Players 1,513Quests Completed 480Achievements Earned 117 Official SCS Badges Earned 67,590 XP Earned 69.590 CEUs Acquired1ninja Discovered
  47. 47. Community Stats To date… 257 Players 4,010Quests Completed 1,217Achievements Earned 356 Official SCS Badges Earned 184,415 XP Earned 184.415 CEUs Acquired3Ninjas Discovered
  48. 48. BOOM!
  49. 49. Lessons Learned
  50. 50. Badges? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Badges!
  51. 51. Digital Badges? Meh.
  52. 52. physical badges? yes!!
  53. 53. No Participation Required
  54. 54. Fostering A Bit Of Competition
  55. 55. Fostering Community
  56. 56. inside jokes!
  57. 57. A Feeling of Control
  58. 58. So? Tips For Doing This In My District?
  59. 59. Start Small.
  60. 60. Leverage Your Experts
 (Hint: Your Teachers!)
  61. 61. Involve Your Change Agents At The Ground Floor.
  62. 62. Experiment With Incentives In Small Ways.
  63. 63. Embrace Failure and Iteration. #unicornbadge
  64. 64. Use The Tools You Have.
  65. 65. Get Inspired.
  66. 66. Play More.
  67. 67. EPIC Academy by http://epicacademy.info is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. All quests designed by the teachers leaders of Surry County Schools, NC.

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