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2nd May 2013: Gamified Educational E-tivities? by Karenne Sylvester

karenne sylvester

Please come along to The Castle Hotel in Manchester on the 2nd of May from 7pm to enjoy this talk

Name of speaker and subject:

Karenne Sylvester

Title of talk:

Gamified Educational E-tivities: Chocolate-covered Broccoli or Honey-coated Peas?

Bullet points of what you would like to cover:

  • Philosophical thinking about games
  • Historical link between games and education
  • Why the terms “educational games” and “serious games” are misnomers
  • Pointsification vs. Gamification
  • What gamified educational e-tivities are and how the addition of sweeteners supports learning

Suggested you-tube links, websites and / or texts where further information may be found:

Catherine Aurelio – Gamification (video)

 

Daphne Bavelier: Your brain on video games (video)

 

Roger Callois, Man, Play and Games (book)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man,_Play_and_Games

 

Elizabeth Corcoran, The Gamification of Education (Forbes article)

http://www.forbes.com/2010/10/28/education-internet-scratch-technology-gamification.html?boxes=Homepagechannels

 

Sebastian Deterding (Meaningful Play. Getting »Gamification« Right. from Sebastian Deterding)

 

Johannes Huizinga, Homo Ludens (book)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homo_Ludens_%28book%29

 

Karl Kapp, The Gamification of Learning and Instruction (book)

http://www.learningsolutionsmag.com/articles/915/

 

Nicole Lazzaro, 4 Keys 2 Fun (pdf)
http://www.nicolelazzaro.com/the4-keys-to-fun/

 

Rigby and Ryan, Glued to Games (book)

http://www.bookgasm.com/features/interviews/qa-scott-rigby/

 

Margaret Robertson, Can’t play, won’t play (blog post)

http://hideandseek.net/2010/10/06/cant-play-wont-play/

 

Kevin Werbach (University of Pennyslvania – Coursera), Gamification MOOC
https://www.coursera.org/course/gamification

 

A few words about you and your passion:

I was born in the Caribbean, spent my teens in the U.S, lived in Australia where I worked as a chef on a yacht, back-packed through Indonesia and Malaysia for six months (climbing into volcanoes and swimming with sharks), landed in Hong Kong where I wound up as the director of a non-profit organization, ran a language school in Ecuador and then landed in Germany where I taught Porsche and Daimler employees Business English and also trained teachers on how to use gadgets, social media and other technologies in their classrooms.  I am also an edu-blogger and until recently wrote the internationally recognized ELT blog, Kalinago English (http://kalinago.blogspot.com).  These days I live in Manchester, where I work part-time at New College Manchester and slave away at completing my MA in Educational Technology and TESOL with the University of Manchester.   My greatest passions are travel, cooking, adventure, roller-coasters, writing epic-poetry and figuring out ways to make English an exciting experience for my language learners.

 

A few lines about the history of your subject:

Play is one of the oldest human expressions and it, quite probably, plays a significant biological role in evolutionary development because we are not the only species to pursue these activities.  Throughout the ages philosophers have wondered at the meanings of play and games.  In today’s culture, business and marketing leaders are actively seeking new ways to create game-like experiences out of non-game processes, specifically to make them more engaging and to drive user-loyalty and participation.  In educational contexts, gamification seems to represent a holy grail towards creating more motivated students but is game-play just points, leaderboards and badges?

A few words about you and your passion:

I was born in the Caribbean, spent my teens in the U.S, lived in Australia where I worked as a chef on a yacht, back-packed through Indonesia and Malaysia for six months (climbing into volcanoes and swimming with sharks), landed in Hong Kong where I wound up as the director of a non-profit organization, ran a language school in Ecuador and then landed in Germany where I taught Porsche and Daimler employees Business English and also trained teachers on how to use gadgets, social media and other technologies in their classrooms.  I am also an edu-blogger and until recently wrote the internationally recognized ELT blog, Kalinago English (http://kalinago.blogspot.com)

.  These days I live in Manchester, where I work part-time at New College Manchester and slave away at completing my MA in Educational Technology and TESOL with the University of Manchester.   My greatest passions are travel, cooking, adventure, roller-coasters, writing epic-poetry and figuring out ways to make English an exciting experience for my language learners.

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