We’re Doing Gamification Wrong: Kids Want to Learn

Recording: We’re Doing Gamification Wrong: Kids Want to Learn, Mar 7, 2018


Elliott Hedman


“Get this right and unlock game time” is the way in which traditional edtech programs motivate learning. However, our study with emotional sensors found kids were often annoyed by these “reward” games and were far more motivated by the learning itself. By repurposing gamification to add weight to answering questions, we created new ways to use games to support focused learning. This session will show how games can help kids set meaningful goals and simplified rewards can cultivate motivation.

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Format: Future20
Event Type: Session
Level: Field Experience