I have had so many blog posts in my head and it seems not enough time to write them. But, I feel that this post is urgently needed.
Urgently? But why?
Because I really want my Year 7 GATS Class (Academic Extension) to have a real world audience. Inspired by the PBL units by Bianca Hewes, my aim was for the students to create a narrative based upon their journey through an RPG style game that I designed.
The unit of work is on CONFLICT and the premise is that Mr Conflict is causing havoc in Conflictus. The players must journey through the land and complete missions that will help them catch Mr Conflict.
I had done a similar unit of work last year and had used Weebly to design a Game, but after seeing Simon Harper’s World Food Quest my game seemed lame. So, I gave myself the goal of redesigning it. I also thought about different things that were a challenge from last year. One main thing was that to level up, last year I rewarded points using Edmodo that went into the grades feature. 10 Points = 1 gold star. A certain amount of stars were needed to level up.
While this was great for GATS kids as it took out the need for grading and marks, it also gave me ALOT of work. If I hadn’t checked their work, then they couldn’t level up and then they sat in class not doing anything.
For the redesign, I changed this and made a map with different levels. The students can choose any location to work on, however, some levels require an artefact that can only be gained by completing a different mission.
To document the students work, they have created blogs. This is where the real life audience comes in!
I would love you guys to read their posts and comment on their characters and their responses to what conflict is. I think they will be stoked to realise that it is not just me reading and commenting!!
and see what they students think conflict is!
This is just a sample from my class! I hope you enjoy!