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Tuesday, August 6 • 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Badges, Gamification, and Education LIMITED

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What are badges? Do we want to gamify education? Does gamifying education just mean slapping a badge on every homework assignment, or is there something more to it? Games are a powerful motivator, but what is it about them that is motivating, and is that motivation something that belongs in education?

These are all challenging questions that are being brought to light in recent discussions about education. At this point, I can't say I have the answers to these questions, but I can bring my perspective as a long-time gamer, practiced scientist, and after-school educator. I will discuss the history of badges in games, what makes games good learning tools, and some guidelines for good and bad ways to gamify education.


Kevin Miklasz

Director of Digital Learning, Iridescent
The science research interests of Kevin Miklasz are using physics and engineering to understand why organisms look the way they do. His PhD dissertation is on how size and shape effect the physics of small algae. He currently works for Iridescent as Director of Digital Learning... Read More →

Tuesday August 6, 2013 3:15pm - 4:00pm EDT
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