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Gamified Professional Development - EPIC Academy

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What if we treated teacher professional development like a game, giving teachers autonomy to choose a pathway, learning what's important to them, in a quest-based, gamified way that includes levels, badging, and more?

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Gamified Professional Development - EPIC Academy

  1. 1. Epic Academy Gamifying Professional Development for Busy Educators
  2. 2. Lucas Gillispie Director of Digital Learning & Media Surry County Schools On Twitter: @lucasgillispie
  3. 3. epicacademy.info
  4. 4. This launched 41 years ago…
  5. 5. This launched 12 years ago…
  6. 6. The world has changed, but has our professional development?
  7. 7. Why?
  8. 8. 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?”
  9. 9. 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. 10. Play/Fun Game Elements, Online Platform Professional Development: Ideas, Needs, and Issues
  11. 11. epic academy Game-Inspired Teacher Professional Development
  12. 12. Voluntary
  13. 13. Self-Paced
  14. 14. Choice-Driven
  15. 15. Job-Embedded
  16. 16. online (mostly)
  17. 17. Social
  18. 18. Fun?
  19. 19. e p i c ngaging layful nnovative onnected
  20. 20. How Does It Work?
  21. 21. Quest-Based Learning
  22. 22. Dr. Chris Haskell
  23. 23. $119 per year 175 concurrent users Seriously, That’s Cheap!
  24. 24. Customizable Avatar Ranks Indicating Your Overall Progress Bars That Fill to Show Progress toYour Goal Feedback!
  25. 25. Instructional and Technical Design
  26. 26. Everyone Starts Here Choices!
  27. 27. Increasing Investment in An Idea Badge/ Recognition for Completing A Quest Chain A Sample Quest Chain
  28. 28. Big Ideas (Super Quests) Super-Badge
  29. 29. Players Rate QuestsXP Value Short Description Quests Required to Unlock This One
  30. 30. Option to Drop
  31. 31. LMS Integration
  32. 32. 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.
  33. 33. Badges and Achievements
  34. 34. 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?)”
  35. 35. What SCS Says This Person Has Demonstrated
  36. 36. Embedded Alignment to Digital Learning Competencies XP for Each Competency
  37. 37. Detailed Data On Participating Teachers
  38. 38. Community Stats About two year ago 89 Players 1,513Quests Completed 480Achievements Earned 117 Official SCS Badges Earned 67,590 XP Earned 69.590 CEUs Acquired1ninja Discovered
  39. 39. Community Stats To date… 420 Players 10,572 Quests Completed 2,386Achievements Earned 1,091 Official SCS Badges Earned 484705 XP Earned 484.705 CEUs Acquired3Ninjas Discovered
  40. 40. BOOM!
  41. 41. Lessons Learned
  42. 42. Digital Badges? Meh.
  43. 43. physical badges? yes!!
  44. 44. No Participation Required
  45. 45. Fostering Competition With Great Caution
  46. 46. Fostering Community
  47. 47. inside jokes!
  48. 48. A Feeling of Control
  49. 49. Risidual Technology Usage NEW !!
  50. 50. Informal Idea Exchange NEW !!
  51. 51. So? Tips For Doing This In My District?
  52. 52. Start Small.
  53. 53. Leverage Your Experts (Hint: Your Teachers!)
  54. 54. Involve Your Change Agents At The Ground Floor.
  55. 55. Experiment With Incentives In Small Ways.
  56. 56. Embrace Failure and Iteration. #unicornbadge
  57. 57. Use The Tools You Have.
  58. 58. Brand It! #epicacademy
  59. 59. Get Inspired.
  60. 60. Play More.
  61. 61. 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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