Effective time limits in gamification

The irony of the emphasis on speed is that some of our world's leading mathematicians are not fast at math. Laurent Schwartz—who won math's highest award, the Fields medal, in 1950—wrote in his autobiography that he was a slow thinker in math, who believed he was “stupid” until he realized that “what is important is to deeply understand things and their relations to each other. This is where intelligence lies. The fact of being quick or slow isn't really relevant.”
Source: Why Math Education in the U.S. Doesn't Add Up - Scientific American Many games use time as an obstacle. As educators how can we use timers to motivate our learners?  This is a very difficult area of gamification to navigate. If you place a timer on an activity it will make it more challenging but may have the reverse effect of what you intended and leave students feeling like quitting if they can't make the deadline. Another downside is that, as quoted above, we may be giving the wrong message that we value speed and quantity of tasks completed over quality and exploration., thus meeting a short term goal (finish a task) at the expense of a long term goal … Continue Reading ››

Jam online courses for kids

View website Our family reviewed a website called 'Jam' and really liked it. We did the 7 day trial. The fee is $99 for access to the course materials for a year. I really liked the sequencing and hands-on approach. You are presented with a challenge like: 'make a pathway and ramps for a marble to run down using items like books and cardboard'. Helpful videos and a discussion forum are provided to guide you (if needed - not first up) Each child posts a video of what they built. This mimics the organic learning process I have watched my children follow in Minecraft and Loombanding. They see a video of something amazing, attempt to do it themselves and then make a video to show other people what they achieved. Simple but powerful!
JAM was founded in 2012 by lifelong learners.  We’re devoting our lives to making magical learning experiences  to help kids build confidence, creativity and talent that will last  their lifetimes. Our programs have helped over 500,000 kids worldwide.