Reflection: Joy Organelle Trail - Review - Section 2: Review Designed As Game


"Why do you have to beg a student to study but you don't have to beg him to play a game, over and over?" This question has plagued me for years, and is the reason behind my gamification efforts in the classroom.

In the case of Kahoot, for example, as soon as we finish the game, students ask to play it again. Why? Because there is immediate feedback and competition. Students love to be on the leaderboard, and will rush to get the correct answers in the shortest time for nothing more than bragging rights. They don't realize that they are reinforcing concepts, they might not even care about the reinforcing of concepts, they care about "beating" the others. Even when they are not on the displayed eladerboard (which displays only top 5), the site will tell them, "You are ___ points away from ____." The conversation between them is one of, "I'm coming for you." 

You might be thinking, "What about the losers?" I have had students give up on a particular game. However, as with their video games, as soon as a new one starts, they are back in. This to me is a foreign phenomenon, and I don't know why it happens, however, the gaming industry has been using this to increase their profits for decades.

Why would someone want to write and go over Cornell notes or flashcards ever again? Kahoot makes bringing review to life in an easy way.

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Organelle Trail - Review

Unit 3: Cells and Organelles
Lesson 5 of 6

Objective: Students will be able to identify the specific functions of organelles and explain how different organelles work together.

Big Idea: Gamification is an engaging way to review cell organelles!

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