Becca Maher

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Return to: ETAP 623 Spring 2019 | Online Learning Platform - Gamification | Becca Maher Mini-Course

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About Me

I am currently completing my 4th year as a teacher, and my second year in the CDIT program through University at Albany. I have loved being a continual learner even after I graduated college. I teach middle school Spanish, where I get to combine "being a kid" with my love for passing on knowledge about the Spanish language/culture. I am also a volleyball coach for the school where I work. I have so much fun teaching my players to love the sport like I do!

My Topic and Purpose

Intent of Project

Using Online Teaching and Learning to Motivate and Encourage Learners Through Gamification

The intent of this course is to teach other educators about Gamification and how it can be used as a classroom management technique as well as to collect data on student assessments through the use of technology.

Topics that will be covered:

  • The need for Gamification (based on student interest and motivation).
  • How (through technology) Gamification can be used to assess student learning and progress.
  • Using Gamification to quickly and easily create a Needs Assessment.
  • Gamification Classroom Environment: making sure students understand the difference between just having fun, and learning in a "fun" environment.

Learning Outcomes

Needs Assessment

STEP 1 - Intent Statement =

Instructional Problem: Student motivation and engagement can be difficult to produce at the middle/high school level. It is important to present information to learners in a way that is exciting and easy accessible at their level. It is necessary to engage students through innovative lesson plans/activities, and allow room for student creativity. Fostering this love of learning, through activities that are based on student choice and interest is essential for student growth.

STEP 2 - Characteristics of the Intended learners =

Learners Profile:

Age: the age ranges from 10 to 15

Sex: males & females

Educational Level: Middle School

First or Native Language: English (other)

Prerequisite knowledge or skills: Students begin with very little knowledge of subject/context. Used to go/strengthen knowledge of new vocabulary.

Socioeconomic Background: these students are from a suburb. Many resources are readily available. Majority of students have strong support from home.

Motivation and Attitudes: Although many learners have strong support systems and educational background, they lack self-motivation and desire to work hard toward a goal. These learners are accustomed to memorizing important information and replicating it to achieve high test scores, however they are lacking in creativity and ability to produce something new with their knowledge.

Learners Characteristics:

The intended learners live in Upstate New York. They are from a "Schools to Watch" middle school, and have many available educational resources. Students have had 1 to 1 devices for technology since elementary school.

The Instructional Context

Resources: The facilities in which the class will be held will be in one large room. The technology available entails 1 to 1 students laptops, internet access, Ipads, and games. In addition, there are whiteboards, and chalkboards.

Constraints: It is necessary that student devices are charged and ready to go, to assure that movement around the room at anytime is possible why playing. Students must also each have their own device to assure that all members of the learning environment have access to practice and play, and individual assessments are not skewed.


Redefining Goals

a) To gain knowledge and understanding of a language, subject, or context. b) To use their knowledge to compete, build, and create, new learning opportunities and outcomes. c) Influence student motivation and attitudes through engaging in innovative learning activities that demonstrate that learning can be fun.

Analysis of the Learner and Context

Performance-Based Objectives

-Learners will know and be able to gain knowledge and understanding of a language, subject, or context. -Learners will compete, build, and create new learning opportunities and outcomes. -Learners will be self-motivated through engaging in innovative learning activities that demonstrate the fun in learning

Define course-level target objectives

Task Analysis

Elaborate and analyze the objectives to identify more specific enabling and supporting objectives.

Curriculum Map

Map out the sequence of learning units and activities to achieve the defined objectives.

References and Resources