A couple years ago I suggested a way we might "gamify" professional development efforts in "Gamifying PD," August 22, 2013. At the time I listed some things we were considering:
- Identify the technology skills and uses we think would be useful to teachers and create ways they can demonstrate the mastery of these skills. I believe we already have about 40 separate online activities teachers can work on in 10 areas, each with Substitute, Augment, Modify and Restructure levels.
- Create a means for teachers to report completion of each activity and mastery of the skill. Design a badge for each area of mastery and assign points. Badges could be put in e-mail sig files or on webpages.
- Re-design each activity as a "quest" with hints, clues and maybe even humor. I'm thinking that something like the old graphic adventures like Zork might provide a model.
- Create levels of overall mastery based on the number of points earned. For fun, let's call them Apprentice, Magician and Wizard levels.
- Run a tournament among buildings to determine which building has the highest percentage of staff at each level. Update it weekly. Give prizes???
I am glad that at least one school district has seen the benefit of games - and especially humor - when applied to tech PD. Check some of these course offerings by the Bettendorf (IA) Community School District:
Who fixes my stuff when I break it? -A short introduction to members of the technology department
Passwords & Plug-Ins & File Names Oh My!FirstClass, you mean WorstClass... (they didn't hear me say that)To Infinity and Beyond! -An Introduction to Infinite CampusWhere did I save my crap? -An introduction to server structure and where things are savedWhy I need to work for NSA to make a phone call around here. -An introduction to our phone systemPlanning Lessons using START...Your first of many acronyms in these lessons... make flash cardsAhhh the Library, Remember When It Had Books! -A look at services that are available through our libraryMickey Mouse is Pissed -A look at copyright law.I Tawt, I Taw a Twitter - Uses of and Creating a Twitter Account**Reward: Title- TweeniusFacebook: Redefining a friend (loosely) - Facebook in the Classroom**Reward: Title- FacebookaholicGoogle +....nothing, just + - Purpose and creating an accoun**Reward: Title: GoogleheadFor those of you with something useful to say... - Introduction to Google Blogger**Reward: Title: Blazing BloggerI like my Moodle with marinara.**Reward: Title: Moodle MagicianEdmodo sounds like my dad's first car**Reward: Title: Edmodo DragonWiggio, what kind of name is that? It just SOUNDS stupid!**Reward: Title: Wiggio Wizard