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Motivating Students Through Social Media and Game Theory

Written on May 27, 2011 by Japhet Writ

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Education need not to be daunting. Social media and online games can provide a way on how to make a student successful in school and beyond.

and can potentially convey 21st century skills like time management, creative problem-solving, leadership and teamwork. These skills that aren’t necessarily part of the school curriculum can help students to be successful in college and beyond. While educators are spending too much time to fix the unstructured college environment, the solution also lies on the psychology that motivates youngsters to play game. All that is needed to know is how to tap it.

Status Updates
If the young people feels empowered to broadcast a goal via status update to their peers, it becomes realistic. Their friends and family sees it, comment on it and offer positive reinforcement. It is a strategy that could be used for academic goals. Closed networks can let students know that they are not alone and shouldn’t be ashamed to seek help.

The same with Status Updates, users check-in because they’re driven with rewards or some kind of status. Teacher and parents can use check-ins to monitor a student’s time management skills and how he or she progress.

Anyone who grew up in the video game generation knows that Leaderboards are strong motivator. It is simple and completely powered by a participant’s desire to do better. While students are driven by the need to compare themselves to others, Leaderboards can foster a healthy competition and encourage them to try harder through little incentive and positive recognition.

Leveling Up
Called as ‘Progression Dynamic’, a step-by-step and logical process of accomplishing a coursework can become a game that uses levels. This can convey a sense of achievement along the way.

Social media and online games have an incredible power to keep people engaged. And understanding the psychology of games and applying it to the way kids learn, can help them, their parents and teachers break down persistent challenges.


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