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Playful learning

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Playful learning refers to the use of games, toys and other elements of play to support learning.

It can be found in all sectors of education and has been with us ever since we moved away from Victorian methods of keeping quiet and copying from the chalkboard.

This module looks at ways we can adopt not just games themselves, but the underpinning notions that make games and play enjoyable and engaging in order to create effective learning opportunities that motivate learners to succeed.

Aim

This module introduces playful approaches to learning.

Objective

After completing this module, you will be able to:

• recognise the pedagogical benefits of games and play
• evaluate the role and contribution of digital technology in the creation of engaging learning games
• apply the elements of gamification to learning activities in order to motivate effective learning.

Digital Teaching Professional Framework

This module covers the DTPF component - B2 : Teaching context: face-to-face

  • Use learning environment technologies to support teaching, e.g. electronic whiteboards, mobile devices.
  • Structure sessions so that different (practitioner-led and learner-led) digital activities jointly reinforce the learning objective.
  • Structure and manage content, collaboration and interaction in a digital environment.
  • Consider how practitioner-led digital interventions can best support the learning objective.
  • Reflect on the effectiveness and appropriateness of the digital teaching strategies chosen and flexibly adjust methods and strategies.
  • Experiment with and develop new formats and teaching methods (e.g. flipped classroom).
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12th April 2019
Tony Shakespeare

Would have liked to see the reasoning behind the solution to the activity as this could have been very instructional - e.g. why one scenario was seen as mastery, one as challenge, etc.  Report this review

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11th April 2019
Becki Lee

Very good videos to support concept  Report this review

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25th March 2019
Darren Kirwin

This module really gets you thinking about the power of games (Gamification) and I especially like the resources section at then end of the module, which had some very interesting projects, games and ideas to get you started  Report this review

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3rd March 2019
Matthew Gordon

Multi-layered, multiple applications...and multiple uses in and out of the classroom.  Report this review

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1st March 2019
anthony bravo

Our Response: Glad this module met your expectations!
18th September 2019
Rich Buckley

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24th August 2019
Andrew Doughty

The Lego Foundation's White paper,

'Learning through play at school - A study of playful integrated pedagogies that foster children’s
holistic skills development in the primary school classroom',

released March 2019 would be a good addition to the resources here.

Whilst the focus is on primary education, the paper contains in-depth evidence in support of the pedagogical principles associated with playful learning. - well worth a read.  Report this review

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21st August 2019
Gordon Duffy-McGhie

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19th August 2019
Heather Baker

Would be good to see more examples of use of digital tools in creating game ideas - how common tools can be applied to this approach  Report this review

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3rd July 2019
Jess Hotchin

Our Response: Looks like we did not quite meet your expectations. Thanks for your feedback.
24th June 2019
Gaillies Codd

Does not explain how to use Gamificaiton  Report this review

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17th June 2019
Maria Abbott

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2nd June 2019
Gillian Auld

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23rd May 2019
Sarah Bond

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17th May 2019
Fiona Cullen

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9th May 2019
Sarah Parry

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8th May 2019
beverley jones

Interesting to remind teachers about pedagogical practise and the reason for gamification.  Report this review

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8th May 2019
Louise Talbot

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8th May 2019
Rachel Sleeman

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8th May 2019
Julie Wilson

Not very helpful really - many of the possible choices could have been right and we are not given enough information to make a certain choice - or direct feedback on which we chose correctly and which incorrectly - rather pointless really!  Report this review

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8th May 2019
Susan Wills

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8th May 2019
Tracey Weller

Feedback as you do each one would have been helpful.  Report this review

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8th May 2019
Mustafa Vanancio

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27th April 2019
stacey Wood

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5th April 2019
Susanna Brandon

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11th March 2019
James Spivey

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