Today, I started creating student accounts for Classcraft. If you're not familiar with Classcraft, check out my previous post on why I'm excited about Classcraft. As a part of class activities for today and tomorrow, students are expected to complete three levels of individual activities, found at my class website here. If you go to my site, you see that I have a level one experience of completing practice problems on exponents through Khan Academy. This is a skill we have been working on extensively in my classroom, but students still seem to struggle. Making this the first activity allowed students to loop back and get the support they needed. For students ready to move on, I included two new video lessons that support the next ideas in our unit. Students had to complete notes and practice problems to move on to the next level. This sequence allowed me to differentiate for each student, while making time to make Classcraft accounts for the students who brought in permission forms.
I decided that as students complete each activity they can earn their first 50 experience points for their new character. I decided to showcase the avatars and the experience points during class to encourage other students to get their permission slips in quickly - that way they can start playing the game too! I by no means consider myself and expert in using Classcraft at this point (not at all), but I do believe that this sequence of activities did a great job encouraging students to get permissions slips turned in. Below are some interesting observations about the process.
This is the very beginning of what I hope will be a long and fun journey into gamification. I am even more excited to see that Classcraft has provided goodies for participants of #edcampdenver. I will definitely be attending and think that anyone interested in meeting a wonderful group of educators should attend - February 6th at Grant Beacon Middle School. Maybe we can talk about Classcraft and find new ways to make the classroom fun for students and teachers! For more information on #edcampdenver and to register for the event go to their website. Hope to see you there!
Mattea Garcia is a passionate educator dedicated to improving instruction by utilizing technology. This blog is dedicated to reflections on educational technology tools, instructional coaching, and educational equity.