Creativity and Innovation

Epic Win! Gamify your classroom with Classcraft
Mr David Collison and Mr Russel McCool

An incontestable truth: ‘Games are the new normal’  Al Gore (2011)

Abstract

Gamification is the trend of using game elements in non-game contexts, such as within the classroom, aimed to drive the engagement and motivation of students. Outside of education, gamification has been widely adopted in marketing, customer engagement, e-learning and professional development in companies such as Nike, Cisco and Qantas. Within the classroom, gamification readily captures students’ interest in learning and influences their classroom behaviours. Despite the clear signs of its potential success and impact, the trend to use gamification is largely thwarted by a lack of professional expertise in integrating new technologies and resistance to change.

Whether you are new or familiar with gamification, in this session, David and Russel will show how a gamification platform called Classcraft can be effectively used within the classroom to motivate boys and facilitate their learning. Gamification creates memories and experiences aligned with learning that fosters a relational community building culture. Practical examples and resources will be shared during the session. Come along and be in the running for a year’s free premium subscription for a Classcraft teacher account.

Biographies

David Collison and Russel McCool are teachers at The King’s School Preparatory School who use Classcraft as a gamification platform to facilitate engagement and make learning fun for their young men.

David has taught in both infants and upper primary classes over the past nine years. A father of two, he has lived and worked in Athens in Greece helping children to develop their English and ICT skills within an informal environment. He has worked at Arden Anglican School and Trinity Grammar prior to his time at King’s.

Russel has been teaching upper primary classes for 21 years. A father of a daughter aged 9 and a son aged 5 years, Russel left a career in automotive finance with Ford and General Motors to become an educator. Prior to working at King’s, Russel taught at overseas international schools, Melbourne Girls Grammar and Knox.