Spark Learning and Engagement with Interactive Games

Spark Learning and Engagement with Interactive Games is an online micro-course for teachers who are looking for ways to drive engagement, collaboration, and learning in their classrooms. This course explores how you can use Interactive Game Mechanics to get your students excited to learn while creating and playing their own games. This course is designed for middle school teachers but can be adjusted for younger or older kids. Further readings and templates on topics covered will be provided in the course.

Keeping students motivated is difficult

As Summer gets closer and the weather gets warmer, students can get antsy and distracted. Alicia is using Interactive Game Mechanics to get students excited about learning while keeping them mentally and physically engaged with their learning materials.

Face-to-face interactions between students

Kids are constantly communicating, but they are not doing so face-to-face. They are sending each other texts or sharing online content, but Alicia wants her students to interact with each other face-to-face more. Interactive Game Mechanics has helped her bring the students’ attention not only to the classroom materials, but to each other again.

Meet your instructor – Alicia Ray

Alicia Ray is a veteran educator of 15 years from North Carolina and currently teaches AIG at her middle school. She also serves as a digital learning coach and library-media coordinator in a STEM magnet middle school. She is the author of Educational Eye Exam: Creating Your Vision for Education.

Overview

1
Meet Alicia
00:35

Alicia introduces herself

2
The engagement and motivation problems
00:56

Alicia describes the problems that she used Interactive Game Mechanics to tackle

3
Using games as a solution
00:52

Alicia introduces Interactive Game Mechanics

The Process

1
Code Names
5:27

Alicia shares with you an example game

2
Popular Game Mechanics
03:59

Alicia dives deeper into Game Mechanics

3
That Word Game
01:04

Alicia shows you a way you can change the game while keeping the mechanics

4
Standards
02:15

Alicia shows you how her students were learning

5
Outcomes
01:16

Alicia details the outcomes you can expect when implementing Interactive Game Mechanics

Supplementary Information

1
Tips
01:43

Some tips for you to enhance and diversify the use of Interactive Game Mechanics

2
Modifications
01:05

Modifications you can make to your games

3
Closing
01:06

Alicia challenges you to create your own game with your students

4
Additional Materials

Some additional materials to help you get started

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