Learning Opportunity

Gamification and Educational Technology

This session has been completed.
Facilitators: Janet Bell Darren Maltais
Date:February 21, 2024
Time:4:00 pm to 6:00 pm MTN
No Charge
Location: Virtual
Session Code: 24-TI-200
Focus: Assessment Curriculum Implementation and Pedagogy

Target Audience

Teachers, School-based Administrators, Instructional Coaches, Learning Coaches, Inclusive Learning Teachers

About this Learning Opportunity

Like any good pedagogical approach, gamification in our classrooms provides ways we can strategically challenge students to grapple with subject matter in ways that they might have found less engaging otherwise. Whether engaged in a quick little “Monster Quiz” review of some math facts, a class-long digital breakout activity grounded in concepts from a unit of study, a short-term Minecraft project that demonstrates a series of learning outcomes at the end of a unit, or a longer-term entirely gamified classroom, it makes sense for us teachers that when so many of our students are engaged in gamified activities when not at school, we can leverage that literacy to help engage them in the content we want them to learn while at school.

In this session we’ll explore gamification through the lens of SAMR: How can we use games-based curricular activities to substitute, augment, modify or even completely redefine what we’d have done before? Wherever you are on your edtech journey, this approach will provide you with a sensible onramp to more gamification in your classroom through the stories and tools shared.

Whether you’re interested in quick little tools that can help you create fun online review games quickly, or longer games-based project ideas, come to this session and get inspired!

This session addresses the LQS competencies

  • 2. Modeling Commitment to Professional Learning
  • 4. Leading a Learning Community

This session addresses the TQS competencies

  • 2. Engaging in Career-Long Learning
  • 3. Demonstrating a Professional Body of Knowledge


Janet Bell

An English teacher originally, Janet's career evolved over the years from classroom teacher to consultant, co-leading edtech integration across the province as a member of the 2Learn.ca and ARPDC provincial teams, to school and district leadership as a Department Head at Lillian Osborne High School and a TIPS (Technology Integration and Planning Supports) Consultant with Edmonton Public... Read more »

Darren Maltais

After years of experience as a classroom teacher, Darren began working as a Technology Integration Facilitator for Black Gold School Division. This year will mark his 10th year in that role! He works collaboratively with teachers and students in over 30 schools, co-creating lessons, projects, and products to help students learn more effectively and make curriculum come alive. He has helped to... Read more »