This is a probability game where players take turns rolling two dice. Whoever reaches the goal number first, for example 100, wins the game. The person rolling the dice can roll as many times as they want adding up their score each round until they roll a 1. If they roll 1 they lose all the points from that round and if they roll two 1’s they lose all their accumulated points. It is a great way to learn probability and talk about strategies when dealing with probability. I always found probability to be tricky to grasp so I think learning strategies of probability through games is a good way to do this. Students are also able to compare strategies while they converse during the game.
Around the World
This is a math game I grew up playing in the classroom. I always enjoyed playing it and love the competitiveness of it. We always wanted to be the last student standing so we always tried our best. Students sit in a circle except for one student who stands behind another classmate. The teacher flashes a math fact and the student who guesses first gets to move on. If the student standing gets the correct answer this person moves on to the next person in line. If the person sitting down answers first they switch spots and the person sitting gets to stand up. This game could easily be used in other ways. You could ask any question and follow the same rules.
Blog: The Dangers of “Gamification” In Education
This blog post is from a high school teacher in California. He introduces an article that talks gamification and the issues that go along with it. It was very interesting!
Comment: I am not very up-to-date with gamification either but found this to be interesting. There is a fine line between gamification working and not working. If used in the right way it can be very useful. There have to be short and long term goals or awards. If there is just one goal students might lose interest if they have no hope to reach it. If they can reach smaller, attainable goals along the way they can stay motivated to keep going and try hard. I personally believe that in our capitalist society we are brought up learning competition and why not build off of this?