I am thinking about using gamification during summer school and I was wondering if anyone had experience and/or success with the idea. I am thinking about using the ideas of high scores, leaderboards, level up and badges. I imagine some of the badges will be behavioral like coming prepared, coming to the board to do a problem, etc. I imagine the level ups will be based on content like slope, equations, etc. I picture having a sheet for students to self-track as well as a display on the board for the badges and awards.
Great idea! Many teachers that I've spoken to (who use gamification) use level ups when students earn a certain number of badges or collects a certain number of points. In turn, points are earned by student demonstrating content knowledge like slope, equations, etc.
Please let us know how gamification turns out for you!
There is another discussion on gamification in the Community that might give you some insight. See Should we "gamify" education? for ideas.
Good discussion! Thanks for sharing your strategy.
During summer school I set up a second computer projector to keep the googledoc spreadsheet visible with scores. I created badges and taped them to paper and put them next to their name (on paper so it could move when they changed rankings). I glued a sheet for students to self-track on their work folder and it did encourage some positive behavior. I gave them a brief survey at the end on the process and one student in particular said it made him come each day when he was planning on skipping a lot. Others wrote that it made them more eager to master skills and gain points. I think it was effective but it was also an insane amount of work. Luckily this experiment was just with about 20 students. I couldn't imagine doing it this same way with my current regular school classes of 110 students.