Join us as we explore game-based learning (GBL) with Cate Tolnai, Co-Author of Power-Up Your Classroom: Reimagine Learning Through Gameplay. We discuss the differences between gamification and game-based learning. Find Cate on Twitter and Social Media @CateTolnai Too often teachers shove aside the idea of gameplay because of time constraints or the preconceived notion that play is only for kids. Cate explains the rationale behind the importance of gameplay. Our co-hosts illustrate the process of game building by co-creating a game for a grammar concept unscripted and live on-air! We have implemented game mechanics into this episode and our listeners can participate for a chance to win a copy of Cate’s book! Hashtags: #GBL, #gamificaton, #edtech, #ESOL, #grammar, #powerup, #gamedesignsprint #cultureofawesome

Conditionals Safari Game

Want the game we built on the episode? It’s here for you to take, twist, reimagine, and play! Remember, with a google doc, all you need to do is click on “File > Make a Copy” (#FileMakeACopy) and an editable version will go straight into your drive to manipulate in any way you see fit!

Got your own ideas that you think other people would benefit from? Drop them in the shared doc!

Ready to build your own game? Cate has kindly provided this template that you can use to build your own games, too! The more you do it, the better and faster it becomes!

Want to see what we filled out on the show with Cate? Here is the Conditional Safari version of the Game Design Organizer:

Fun Finds

  • Brent – Qwixx dice game

Power-Up Your Classroom!

Power Up Your Classroom

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PowerUpYour Classroom with Mario

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Comments (2)
  1. Great episode. The open share document is view only. If it was editable for me, I would have added (see what I did there) that I’m a big fan of Screencastify, and an extension for those who finish early would be to record themselves as the zebra explaining how they would get to the water hole. They could even move the zebra in the drawing as they explained where they went.

    • Ohh! We love each Screenfastify, too! That is one super rad way to level up the lesson. Thank you for the heads-up on the document. We fixed that #mybad 🙏🏻 #DIESOLcrew 🔥- Ixchell

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