I left from Dubai about a week ago. It was the first day of school closure down there. Since that schools have been closed also in the neighboring countries, Bahrain, Saudi-Arabia, Qatar… and now it’s happening in European countries as well.
Is there anything good about the school closures? The first answer might be no, but when we take a closer look I think that there is. We have grown in to thinking that school is a physical place where the learning happens. But actually school is not a building, but a service. Learning happens everywhere: more and more somewhere else that in the classroom.
Despite of all the negative aspects, school closure poses an opportunity for teachers to test and implement new teaching methods. Doing it in a traditional way - sending exercises and receiving answers doesn’t take us far, does it? There needs to be more pedagogical thinking involved and features in online teaching. The million-dollar question is how to keep students motivated and focused when they are not in the classroom? Engaging triggers must be built in the learning process. The most effective tools for remote learning include gamification elements.
Seppo is the leading and multipurpose gamification tool for schools and universities.
According to research game elements like instant feedback, rewards, levels and the overall feeling of progress keep players active and focused. With Seppo gamification can be implemented either for onsite trainings or for online learning. One of the best things about the tool is the fact that teacher can be in contact with students in real-time.
It is super to create gamified online lessons and courses with Seppo. Players can join the game wherever they are. Just share the game QR code and the game is on. Seppo can be also easily integrated to LMSs, the integration is already there for Google classroom and Microsoft Teams.
In some households there might not be laptops and WLAN available. Accessibility can be an issue in organizing online learning for young students. Nearly everyone has a mobile phone though. Seppo is designed for mobile devices so there’s an easy access to learning recourses.
There are many problems related to school closures, but the window is now open for trying new pedagogical ideas and tools to use. I strongly suggest you to try out new ways of learning and teaching. You might be surprised how easy and fun it can be!