Academic Culture

Storyline

A roboust storyline is essential for immersive gamification

The storyline of our academic game gives meaning to the students' presence in the game. It enhances the importance of the curriculum and gives students a goal to work toward. The theme our storyline is based around is a deserted island. In the game, students are elite plane crash survivors (PCSs) who must learn to live on the island after not being rescued. Throughout the levels, students are asked to build fire, build shelter, find food, filter water, and survive unexpected storms. By mastering each level, students complete the tasks and move onto the next scenario in the game. 

Strategy Resources (3)
Strategy Explanation
 
 
Online Student Resource
 
 
This video is the movie trailer for the Isle of Nosredna game. This is what I use to start the game and to give background and meaning to the game. It helps set-up the storyline for the rest of the school year.
Strategy Explanation
 
 
This screenshot gives an example of one of the scenarios that is presented to students at the beginning of level 2. This scenario is based off of the island theme, but builds on the storyline by adding new variables to the story.
Strategy Explanation
 
 
Online Student Resource
 
 
This video is the movie trailer for the Isle of Nosredna game. This is what I use to start the game and to give background and meaning to the game. It helps set-up the storyline for the rest of the school year.
Strategy Explanation
 
 
This screenshot gives an example of one of the scenarios that is presented to students at the beginning of level 2. This scenario is based off of the island theme, but builds on the storyline by adding new variables to the story.
Jessica Anderson
Powell County High School
Deer Lodge, MT


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Long
Subject:
Science
Grade:
Ninth grade
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Small-Group Instruction
Small Group Sessions
A roboust storyline is essential for immersive gamification

Small Group Sessions are used for student sharing or to conduct small-group direct instruction. Students within these groups are usually working on the same content in the level or are struggling with the same topic/skill and need further instruction from me. Small Group Sessions allow me to gauge a student's understanding of content and promote the importance of sharing and talking about learning. During Small Group Sessions, I actively listen to students talk about the content we are discussing. I also use this time as an opportunity to question their thinking and formatively assess their understanding of the material. In the days after a Small Group Session is over, I work one-on-one with students who have yet to master the material.

 
Stakeholder Collaboration
Jessi's Approach to Collaboration & Communication
A roboust storyline is essential for immersive gamification

Communicating and collaborating with both colleagues and students' families, is crucial in a blended environment. This is especially true if a teacher is doing something that looks very different from other teachers at her school. Check out how Jessi communicates and collaborates with both her colleagues at school and her students' families and how her methods of communication and collaboration have evolved over time.

 
Feedback Systems
Grade Contracts
A roboust storyline is essential for immersive gamification

Grade Contracts are a strategy I use to assess my students' progress towards mastery of defined sets of content and skill objectives and to provide feedback on their development at the end of each level in my blended learning class. Students review the mastery requirements for each level and decide whether they will pursue an "A," "B," "C," or "D" contract; in so doing, they understand and commit to what they must know and be able to do in order to earn the letter grade of the contracts they have chosen. Grade Contracts eliminate the superficiality of number grades on individual assignments and focus my students' attention on authentic demonstrations of mastery over time. This strategy also empowers my students to challenge themselves and to monitor and take responsibility for their own learning, which is an essential mindset shift in my largely self-paced class.  

 
 
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