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Gamify Your Classroom: A Field Guide to Game-Based Learning (New Literacies and Digital Epistemologies)

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Gamify Your Classroom: A Field Guide to Game-Based Learning (New Literacies and Digital Epistemologies)

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    Available in PDF Format | Gamify Your Classroom: A Field Guide to Game-Based Learning (New Literacies and Digital Epistemologies).pdf | English
    Matthew Farber(Author)
This book is a field guide on how to implement game-based learning and "gamification" techniques to the everyday teaching. It is a survey of best practices aggregated from interviews with experts in the field, including: James Paul Gee (Author, What Video Games Have to Teach Us about Learning and Literacy); Henry Jenkins (Provost Professor at University of Southern California); Katie Salen (Founder, Institute of Play); Bernie DeKoven (Author, A Playful Path); Richard Bartle (Bartle's Player Type Theory); Kurt Squire (Games + Learning + Society Center); Jessica Millstone (Joan Ganz Cooney Center), Dan White (Filament Games); Erin Hoffman (GlassLab Games); Jesse Schell (Schell Games/Professor at Carnegie Mellon); Tracy Fullerton (University of Southern California Game Innovation Lab); Alan Gershenfeld (E-Line Media); Noah Falstein (Chief Game Designer, Google); Valerie Shute (Professor at Florida State University); Lee Sheldon (Author, The Multiplayer Classroom); Robert J. Torres (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), Asi Burak (President, Games for Change); Toby Rowland (MangaHigh); Jocelyn Leavitt (Hopscotch); Krishna Vedati (Tynker); and researchers at BrainPOP and designers from Electric Funstuff (Mission U.S. games). Each chapter concludes with practical lesson plan ideas, games to play (both digital and tabletop), and links to research further. Much of the book draws on the author's experiences implementing games with his middle school students. Regardless of your teaching discipline or grade level, whether you are a pre-service teacher or veteran educator, this book will engage and reinvigorate the way you teach and how your students learn!

-Walk into Matthew Farber's middle school classroom and you'll meet students who consider themselves beta testers of innovative learning experiences. You'll see an inspired teacher who understands how to combine cutting-edge game mechanics with instructional strategies like project-based learning. I haven't had the pleasure of that classroom visit just yet, but reading 'Gamify Your Classroom' is the next best thing. Farber, as author, shares his own journey into understanding the power of games for learning. He invites readers along as he interviews experts and learns from those on the frontiers of this exciting space. Then he brings us back to the magic circle of the classroom, where games create teachable moments for engaged, inspired learners.- (Suzie Boss, Author of 'Bringing Innovation to School'; national faculty member, Buck Institute for Education) -'Gamify Your Classroom' is a clear-headed dissection of the semantic muddle and self-serving hype surrounding game-based learning and gamification. Meticulously researched and featuring insights from a host of educators and game designers, as well as his own enthusiastic adventures in the classroom, Matthew Farber's book is an impressive primer, revealing what works and what doesn't out here on education's exciting new frontier.- (Lee Sheldon, Author of 'The Multiplayer Classroom'; Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Media Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)"Walk into Matthew Farber's middle school classroom and you'll meet students who consider themselves beta testers of innovative learning experiences. You'll see an inspired teacher who understands how to combine cutting-edge game mechanics with instructional strategies like project-based learning. I haven't had the pleasure of that classroom visit just yet, but reading 'Gamify Your Classroom' is the next best thing. Farber, as author, shares his own journey into understanding the power of games for learning. He invites readers along as he interviews experts and learns from those on the frontiers of this exciting space. Then he brings us back to the magic circle of the classroom, where games create teachable moments for engaged, inspired learners. (Suzie Boss, Author of 'Bringing Innovation to School'; national faculty member, Buck Institute for Education) 'Gamify Your Classroom' is a clear-headed dissection of the semantic muddle and self-serving hype surrounding game-based learning and gamification. Meticulously researched and featuring insights from a host of educators and game designers, as well as his own enthusiastic adventures in the classroom, Matthew Farber's book is an impressive primer, revealing what works and what doesn't out here on education's exciting new frontier. (Lee Sheldon, Author of 'The Multiplayer Classroom'; Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Media Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

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  • PDF | 263 pages
  • Matthew Farber(Author)
  • Peter Lang Publishing Inc; New edition edition (23 Dec. 2014)
  • English
  • 7
  • Education Studies & Teaching

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  • By Jonathan Bishop on 17 February 2015

    I am a gamification expert who edited the book, Gamification for Human Factors Integration: Social, Education, and Psychological Issues (Advances in Human and Social Aspects of Technology (Ahsat) B).On that basis I can not sing this book's praises enough. It is highly practical providing lots of lesson plan suggestions and ideas for integrating gamification into the curriculum. If one takes this book together with E-Tivities: The Key to Active Online Learning, which I also own and recommend, then one is well equipped to provide education fit for the digital age.

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