How Any Teacher Can Use Lee Sheldon’s Multiplayer Classroom Model

Lee Sheldon multiplayer classroom on Every Classroom MattersStar Trek script writer and professional game author Lee Sheldon has designed his entire college course as a game. His book The Multiplayer Classroom: Designing Coursework as a Game is a favorite of many game based learning experts. Quizzes and tests are fighting evil. Students earn experience points for coming to class. Student study groups are called guilds. You've got to hear it to believe it! (And you don't need any technology.)

In fact, Lee welcomes his students to class with this comment:

“Hello everyone, welcome to class. You all have an ‘F.' But you can level up.”

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Essential Questions: Balancing Learning and Fun: How to Create Riveting Lesson Plans

  • How teachers can be Game Masters.
  • Why Lee Sheldon hates the term “gamification” and what term he uses instead.
  • How Lee harnesses student intrinsic motivation to learn instead of badges and points
  • How teachers can start into game-based learning.
  • How to use guilds, solo quests, and group quests to teach.

Educator Resources from this Episode

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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