I am in the process of building a teacher professional development (PD) system designed to bring fun, creativity, and collaboration into PD around technology integration. Through a series of challenges, we have "gamified" the learning so teachers can have fun, but also learn new approaches to effective technology integration. The system will be ready to go in July 2021.
If you are not familiar with gamification, here is a great introduction:
The basic idea is that through the process of adding "game-like" elements to non-gaming situations, you can bring many of the positive, engaging parts of games into these other experiences. So think leaderboards, friendly competition, challenge, reward systems/achievements, and recognition. Gamification has been around the education space for nearly a decade now, and although I have toyed with its elements on the margins, this is my first major project attempting to gamify PD.
I am excited to see how this project progresses. I am hoping to get constructive feedback from our teachers and tweak the system as the participants dive in.
Here is a small sample of some of the challenges teachers can complete to "level up" in this project:
10 pts. Setup your own professional Twitter account(or use an existing one)
10 pts. Send your first Tweet from your professional Twitter account
20 pts. Follow at least 20 other Educators on Twitter
50 pts. Follow at least 50 other Educators on Twitter
100 pts. Participate in a Twitter Ed chat
100 pts. Find and subscribe to at least 3 educational podcasts
1000 pts. Host a Twitter Ed chat
1000 pts. Become a certified Apple Teacher
1000 pts. Become a Google Certified Educator