Homeschooling has become one of the fastest growing forms of education, and gamification has become very integral to the way these children are learning.
When a parent decides to remove their child from school, many times it’s due to the boring nature of traditional classrooms, inflexible schedules, and just a general disagreement with the American education system.
But what does a homeschooling parent do with their children once they have them home? There are hundreds of curriculums to choose from, some barely any different than what the school offered, others so labor intensive the parent can’t keep up. And then there’s the not-so-small matter of getting kids to actually participate in these programs.
Once answer coming up more and more is gamification. Take a look at Reading Eggs. This is a simple web-based program designed to help young kids learn how to read. The game is set around a map. Each place on the map is a different lesson. For each lesson they master, they get points. Once they get through the map, they get a certificate and a new map gets unlocked.
Another very popular tool for homeschool families is Khan Academy. This website is filled with videos on a huge variety of subjects. Students learn from these instructional videos and can take tests to check their retention. They get points and badges to measure their progress. A map of the “stars” shows what they’ve done and what’s suggested for them.
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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc