Jul 03

My 6th grade Plan #3dgamelab

World of ScienceCraft Level 6I’ve been planning for the fall already and I’ve been using a spreadsheet from 3DGL to help organize the activities into quests with XP and achievements. Now I need to get those “quests” into the 3DGL interface for students to start playing (learning)! It’s really helpful to “see” the whole year at a glance. I’ve also taken some advice from Mark Barnes’s book, ROLE Reveral, and included a few year long quests (projects) for students to work on anytime they want (offering them some choice and autonomy). I need to build more of that in to my program even though there is much that needs to be structured. I’ve embedded a copy of my year-long plan as well as a Popplet for a more visual view of the year. The STC kit, Energy, Machines, and Motion, component is the most structured, as it shows in the Popplet, and it makes sense since the program was structured to guide students through the learning in an exact order as concepts build on each other. The other components of my plan are less structured and allow for more student choice. For ranks, being the geek that I am, I’m going to use Starfleet ranks (it’s under the rank tab in the Spreadsheet). We’ll see how it goes!

Here’s my plan for the year (click here to view spreadsheet in a separate page):

My Popplet of the above plan (here’s a link in case the embed doesn’t show):

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    • Mr. Schruender on July 4, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Thanks for posting this Alfonso. I really like the set up on 3D Gamelab? What made you choose them? Have you heard of anyone using this service in the past?

    • Alfonso Gonzalez on July 4, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Hi Mr. Schruender,

    I heard about 3DGL when I participated in a couple of Games MOOCs (http://gamesmooc.shivtr.com/). After trying, unsuccessfully, to gamify my classes on my own 3DGL looked like just the tool I needed! It looks like it just finished beta testing with teachers but aside from that since I paid the full price to access the teacher academies there are lots of teachers on this summer who are preparing to use it in the Fall just like me!

    • A.Ramin on November 26, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Hello Alfonso,
    Thanks very much for sharing your experiences with gamification so far. I am training as a teacher in the UK,where we have a national curriculum with nationally prescribed levels of achievement. It seems as if it should be straightforward to convert these national levels (e.g. level 4: I can recall that…; level 5: I can describe…; etc.) into gamified levels.

    My questions for you are about content delivery. Is your gamified classroom entirely student led? (i.e. Is there still a place for teacher talk to the whole class to provide a foundation of knowledge and understanding?)
    Are different students pursuing different quests at different times? Or, do you work through your curriculum in order and allow students to pursue quests on a topic while it is being taught?

  1. Hi A.Ramin,

    You’re welcome! It does seem pretty straightforward to convert the prescribed national levels of achievement to the gamified levels. It should work rather well.

    As for my Science courses I’d say a huge chunk of it is student-led (can’t even put it into a percentage because there are so many factors) but there are times when I do whole class “lessons.” The traditional teaching where I stand and lecture happens when I have something that the whole class needs to learn. For my 6th grade course I still lead or at least start off the whole class labs. I teach students how to write-up a lab and how to come up with their own procedures. In my 8th grade class I do similar scaffolding of labs and projects as well as teach skills they seem to be lacking. Just recently I taught my two 8th grade classes a refresher on how to diagram energy transfers.

    For a huge chunk of the assignments students are pursuing them at their own pace at different times. As much as I’ve been trying to work through my curriculum in the order I’ve always taught it, when students get to choose what quests they want to work on I find that they don’t all do the quests in the order I had imagined. It’s definitely different than what I’m used to. So when it’s time to do a whole class lab some students are ready for it, some are past it, and others aren’t quite there yet with regards to scope and sequence. We’ll see how it goes.

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