Games and Culture
With the advent of video games, games have returned in full force as a cultural product, with more people in North America consuming video games than movies and music. In point of fact, 58% of Americans play video games, 45% of gamers are women, and 58% of parents play video games with their kids as a way to socialize with them (1). Games are part of the cultural landscape, and they aren’t going anywhere. While Classcraft isn’t a video game, it is inspired by them, and its power on learning is very similar.
Gamifying the Classroom
With that in mind, it makes sense to want to bring gaming into the classroom to ‘gamify’ learning. Teaching is all about relating to kids’ experiences and tying that to course matter. All kids have played video games – they understand the general rules and memes in gaming and enjoy playing them.