We’ve been messing with games for a few days now having looked at the Price Is Right, The Institute of Play’s GAMEKIT, and Chuck E Cheese games. We’ve also thought about how to change the mechanics and rules of a game and test these changes to see how they affect play.
Now it’s time to apply some game mechanics and rules to a traditional lesson plan for your K-12 classroom. I want you to find a traditional lesson that you’ve created or modified from other lesson plans and present it in a post. The lesson can ask your student to do anything such as write, draw, drill & skill, make a diorama, whatever.
Next choose a part of the lesson and apply game like mechanics and rules. Pick different parts and see which ones seem more ‘playable.’ Once you’ve selected some, build a mockup of the game and play it with a partner.
In your blog post be sure to include the following:
- Detail a traditional lesson for a particular piece of knowledge that you would have students use in your K-12 classroom. Provide source links if appropriate.
- Choose at least two parts of the lesson and apply so game play ideas. Detail what mechanics and rules you created.
- Create a mockup of the now ‘playable’ lesson and test it with a partner(s). Be sure to document the mockup with photos/video and feedback from the players.
- Modify the mechanics and rules based on the feedback and replay. Do this at least three or four iterations of the game and document them.