In 5 of the videos we use the concept of gamification to make the challenges interesting and fun.
Gamification refers to the use of game like thinking and mechanics to make learning fun and engaging. So what is game like thinking and mechanics? If you think like a gamer – there are 5 different reasons that people play games:
1. Collectors – people that enjoy stockpiling collections of things (group points in a row)
2. Puzzle Solvers – people that love to be mentally challenged (decision-making)
3. Narrative – People that want to be told a story (Analogies, statistics, evidence)
4. Social – people that play because their friends do (doubles, friendships, teams)
5. Competitive (PvP) – people who want to be #1 (competitive skills)
We want children to experience success and failure frequently (coming 1st or 2nd that ultimately includes some form of score pressure that involves RISK and REWARD). Ultimately, we want to reward behaviors, such as, resilience, uncertainty, listening, players’ who ask questions, effort, gratitude, adaptability, challenge and embrace the battle of competition.