Yep, paradoxical title alert!
Recently I got into a very interesting debate on LinkedIn about the definition of Gamification. Now, I have long had my definition of gamification, one that doesn’t stray too far from the closest thing we have to a “proper” definition.
- Mine: The use of game design metaphors to create more game-like and engaging experiences.
- Proper (From Deterding et al): The application of game-design elements and game principles in non-game contexts
Whichever definition you follow or whomsoever you may ask in the industry, 9 times out of 10 you will get something along those lines. … Read the rest
EDGE – Image credit: Homeland Security
A new school-based environment has been made available for the EDGE platform, allowing multiplayer training in any type of critical incident on campus.
Developed with the U.S. Army Simulation and Training Technology Center, EDGE is one tool in a comprehensive preparedness toolbox, complementing and honing training protocols already in place in communities nationwide.
A question that is often asked, is “How do I get into Gamification?”
First off, don’t go my route – it was long and painful!
However, there are things I did that will help you to get into it all and get a great understanding of what gamification is all about.
- Get a book on gamification. I, of course, recommend my one,
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SimInClass – Image credit: Simsoft Technologies
SimInClass is a 3D simulation-based game for Android tablets that aims to improve classroom management skills of pre-service and in-service teachers, allowing them to experience the effects of different teaching methods in a risk-free environment.
The game mimics real-life classroom activities such as preparing a lesson plan, integrating technology with class activities and dealing with misbehaviors.
The game begins with creating a lesson plan. Players have a chance to experiment … Read the rest
Dental Madness – Image credit: Full Sail University
Dental Madnessis a virtual reality (VR) training simulation intended to assist first and second year dental students in learning fundamental techniques.
According to the developers, the coordination of using a dental drill in the user’s right hand and a dental mirror in their left is a difficult to master technique. Even dental professionals have a difficult time with the technique after a week or more
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