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5 Resources to Gamify Student Writing

Posted by on April 27, 2017

Ask a Tech Teacher guest blogger, Karen Dikson, has put together a collection of online gamified sites that will help your students with their writing: You think the textbooks for today’s generations of students are way more interesting than the once you had? Ask your students. They still think the lessons are boring. If you don’t do anything to make the studying material more appealing, you can’t expect great engagement and results in your classroom.

digital tools for classYou think the textbooks for today’s generations of students are way more interesting than the once you had? Ask your students. They still think the lessons are boring. If you don’t do anything to make the studying material more appealing, you can’t expect great engagement and results in your classroom.

A modern teacher implements different kinds of incentives that make students interested to learn more. You’re part of a revolutionized educational system, and there are no precise rules to follow. The curriculum is just a frame, which gives you the flexibility to engage the students in different ways.

Do you know how you can make them interested in learning? Through games! Robert Eugene, an educational expert from BestEssays, explains that students can even fall in love in writing when you teach them through games: “You can make any lesson more captivating through a game. You just taught a history lesson? Well, organize a quiz and write the results on the board. You want your students to write better? You can give short story triggers and let everyone add a sentence. Gamified education is the future!”

It’s clear: you need the right games in your classroom. We’ll suggest 5 cool resources that will help you gamify the educational process in the most productive way.

Educade

You have no idea what game to play? Educade will give you ideas. It gives you games and lesson plans that feature those games. If you’re teaching algebra, for example, you can explore the lesson plans that include Dragonbox Algebra 5+; a cool game that gives live to plain numbers.

Educade gives you gamification resources for science, math, social studies, language arts, business, health and wellness, engineering, and more. You can change the parameters in your search, so you’ll find a relevant game for your class.

Teachers With Apps

This is your doorway to gamification. You’ll find recommendations for apps that will make the learning process fun for your students. The reviews are written from an educator’s point of view, and they get into details. You won’t have a problem understanding how a particular app works when you get such information.

If you’re planning to start using tablets and smartphones in the classroom or you’re already doing that, then you should pay attention to every update at this website.

Amplify

Amplify reinvents the way students learn and teachers teach. It enables you to offer personalized instructions that make students more engaged learners. The educational games at the site are amazing. The graphics are rich and vivid, so your students will really feel like you made an effort to make the classroom interesting for them. You’ll get access to 30+ games that teach skills in English language acquisition, science, and math. As a bonus, there’s an integrated digital library of 600+ books.

PBS Kids

Chances are, many of your students have already played the games on this website. PBS Kids is the favorite educational resource of many parents. That’s a good thing. Your students will be in their comfort zone when playing the games, so you’ll have a chance to throw in a lesson related to them.

You’ll be surprised to see how much students can learn through these games.

Librarygame

You want your students to read more, right? Still, going to the library is not their favorite activity. They get confused and intimidated since there are too many books to read. You can make your students fall in love with the library thanks to this game. It promotes reading on a regular basis.

Librarygame links to the library management system and collects the user’s activity. Whenever they borrow or return a book, the game records that information. That’s how your students will earn points in the game. They will also get points for commenting, rating, recommending books, sharing impressions, and creating friend lists.

Games Make Learning Fun!

You can use the above-listed resources to gamify the processes in the classroom, but they are also great for gamifying homework assignments. Ask your students to play and you’ll evaluate the results in the classroom.

These are not just games; they are educational activities that infuse healthy competition in the process of learning. Your students will see how their classmates can conquer the challenges, and they will make efforts to do the same. Each game has its own reward system, so the “grading” process won’t be subjective.

Don’t resist the process of gamification! Be a modern educator; your students deserve that!

Author’s bio: Karen Dikson is a college instructor from New Jersey with more than five years of teaching experience. She writes for several educational resources, including HuffingtonPost. Karen finds her inspiration in reading.

More on gamifying education:

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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, CSG Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, CAEP reviewer, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, a weekly contributor to TeachHUB, and author of the tech thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days (a tech thriller). You can find her resources at Structured Learning.

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