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Gamification to improve Blended Learning Outcomes

 

I spent a semester of grad school in a class about gaming in education. The class was challenging, because of the foreign nature of the content. I have never been one to play games unless I was a part of a social activity. So taking a class that was a game was kind of exciting, an excuse to play under the guise of learning. I would say, “I have to spend time in second life learning to fly a spaceship,” some someone else has to do the dishes. But then the class was over and I went back to real life and cleaning the kitchen.

After I completed my Master’s degree, I stepped away from teaching students and began a new role with many facets, but none of them lent themselves to putting into practice anything I had learning in my gaming class. Most adults, want the hurry up and give me the digest version of what I need to know.

So two years later, I am again teaching a math class. I am in a blended, online platform, and true to high school students, they struggle getting their work done. Most are just procrastinators, but some were rebellious and others had “life stuff” happen.  So we are getting ready for second semester and I think it is time to try something new. Because this is not the only thing I do, I am going to try to add just a few gaming elements to my class and see what I can pass on to fellow faculty members next year. Continue reading Gamification to improve Blended Learning Outcomes

Digital Learning Experiences

Have you ever been asked to tackle a task or problem? Sometimes knowing how to get started is the biggest challenge. Would it help to be handed all the resources and you have to solve it. It would be like getting that bunk bed from IKEA; you have this box with everything you need, but still the task seems ominous.

As teachers are using more digital content, there is the endless possibility to provide challenging tasks and problems for students to wrestle with. But to keep them engaged, teachers can create a digital learning experience that presents the problem, provides all the tools necessary (concepts, practice, research…) and encourages collaboration and discussion.

Here are the slides from a presentation on Creating Dynamic Digital Learning Experiences presented at the CMC conference.

 

Capture images with Awesome Screenshots

Are you a Chrome user?  Then you can take screen shots with Awesome Screen shots and paste them into documents, share them on Twitter or Facebook, or create a set of images in a project.
Here is how to get started.

Go to the Chrome Web Store.

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Search for Awesome Screenshots.

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Add it to your Browser Extensions.

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Click on the Awesome Screenshots icon.

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Sign in using your Google Account.

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Choose your Google Account.

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Click on the tab of the image you wish to capture and click the Screen Shot icon in your Browser bar.

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Choose the type of screen shot you wish to take.

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Select the area to capture (if applicable).

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Annotate (draw write etc)

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Click done.

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Right click on the image to copy it.

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Find the location to paste it.

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Right click where it should be placed and click paste.

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Resize as desire.

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Done!