Course Show-and-Tell: An Elementary Teacher Shares His Gamified Course
Hearing teachers talk about how they use an learning management system (LMS) to set up their blended courses is one thing. Seeing it firsthand is entirely different—and way more useful.
So ... we asked the Schoology Champions to give us a tour of their courses and this started the "Course Show-and-Tell" video series. Every week for the next 6 or so weeks, we'll be posting a video created and submitted by a teacher walking you through their course.
To kick this series off, below is a video submitted by Stephen Rao, a computer teacher at Ramtown Elementary and the Schoology NEXT 2017 Ambassador of the Year. Stephen uses gamification and student completion rules to engage students, let them work at their own pace, and spend time helping those who need it most.
Here's how he has designed his course in Schoology.
Video Walkthrough of Stephen Rao's Computer Course
Full Video Transcript
Speaker: Stephen Rao, Computer Teacher
In my course design, I learned a lot of things at NEXT, such as, you know, hacking my course where I had this nice long visual course picture that I designed in the Pixelmator Mac app, which is also an IOS app as well. Pixelmator.
You know, what I also did was, for each unit folder, I created pictures for my students in three to five. They can easily click right on Word Processing instead of having to find the words, you know, they have this nice large area to click on.
So I also have far-out due dates for everything. So students are working at their own pace, but they see what's upcoming, and when things are eventually going to be due. So inside Word Processing, I have the Game Scale. This is the same thing in every unit. They're going to see how they achieve these points. So these points, they're either at 125, Hall of Fame, All Star, Veteran, or Rookie. And below it, they see their actual scale for the unit.
Now, as I go back, students work at their own pace. So Student A may be on "Format Your Font Challenge." But at the same time, Student B is already on "Advanced Text Formatting."
How do I teach all this at one time? Well, for example, when I go into my "Advanced Text Formatting," students have a video tutorial of me going through the lesson and teaching it to them. They get that one-on-one teacher-to-student lesson. You know, it's right there in their ears, with their headphones. They're able to focus right in on that.
And, you know, to also make it a little more enjoyable, you know, I try to keep the vocabulary that I'm going with them very light. I want them to be able to come and see the computer room, learn their skills, and feel very laid back where they have the ability to accomplish this at their own pace.
And, of course, at the bottom, we try to put little gifts and memes down to just make it a little entertaining for the student. And they work through all these at their own pace and at the very end, when they're done, I'm gonna be adding bonus challenges for the student to go on and bring their skills to that next level.
So that is how I have outlined my course. And for the first semester, I will be having more units here, which I will be keeping unpublished until then.