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Youth Enrichment Support Services http://yesstutoring.com A San Francisco Bay Area Tutoring Company Tue, 12 Feb 2013 07:26:28 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Gamification is about giving people goals http://yesstutoring.com/2012/05/gamification-giving-people-goals/ http://yesstutoring.com/2012/05/gamification-giving-people-goals/#comments Wed, 16 May 2012 23:05:26 +0000 mrquixote77 http://yesstutoring.com/?p=618 ...more]]> In my research into applications of gamification I recently read this:

On its surface, gamification si simply the use of game mechanics to make learning and instruction more fun.  It seems “fake” artificial or like a shortcut.  It’s not.  Underneath the surface is the idea of engagement, story, autonomy, and meaning.  Games give experience meaning, they provide a set of boundaries within a “safe” environment to explore, think and “try things out.”  Games Provide motivation to succeed and reduce the sting of failure.

-From the Gamification of Learning and Instruction by Karl M. Kapp.

Despite the many grammatical flaws in the quotation, the central point remains valid.  Gamification reflects a fundamental change in how people are understanding their environments.    We no longer tolerate unstructured environments, instead we demand a goal, and tools to approach that goal.    Gamification is about making the process of achieving that goal useful.

Gamification is all about giving people a goal, and the tools to proceed towards that goal.  When it is abused we see credit card companies getting people to pursue points, when it is used judiciously we see people coming to love the adventure of learning.



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Jane McGonigal, queen of gameification, interviewed by CNN http://yesstutoring.com/2012/04/jane-mcgonigal-queen-gameification-interviewed-cnn/ http://yesstutoring.com/2012/04/jane-mcgonigal-queen-gameification-interviewed-cnn/#comments Mon, 16 Apr 2012 22:00:34 +0000 mrquixote77 http://yesstutoring.com/?p=601 ...more]]> For those who don’t know Jane McGonigal is the leading light of the gameification movement.   Jane has been the leading advocate for games to become tools to improve society, rather than just time sucking escapism.  Her book, Reality is Broken, is what inspired me to create the Avatar tutoring system used at YESS! tutoring.    I recently got a chance to tell her a little about this project and she said that is sounded like a wonderful idea.


She was recently interviewed by CNN about the power of games to create positive change in people.  Here is some of what she said:

“Because heaps of scientific evidence over the past few years – from an extremely diverse group of investigators, such as Brigham Young University’s School of Family Life, the U.S Army’s Mental Health Assessment TeamMichigan State University’s Department of Psychologyand Massachusetts General Hospital - have shown that games can increase our mental, emotional and social resilience.

Games can make us more resilient in the face of tough challenges, better able to learn from mistakes, more likely to cooperate with others on difficult problems and more creative in coming up with new solutions. They can alleviate depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress. New research from Stanford University just this month even shows, through fMRI imagery of the brain, exactly how games boost our motivation and self-efficacy at the neurological level. Games build up our belief that we can take positive steps to affect the outcome of our lives – and game help us be more motivated to take those steps and not give up.”


See more of her interview here.

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Gamers level up another process. http://yesstutoring.com/2012/03/gamers-level-process/ http://yesstutoring.com/2012/03/gamers-level-process/#comments Tue, 13 Mar 2012 19:59:31 +0000 mrquixote77 http://yesstutoring.com/?p=591 Another example of crowd sourced game advancement!




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New package rates! http://yesstutoring.com/2012/03/package-rates/ http://yesstutoring.com/2012/03/package-rates/#comments Thu, 01 Mar 2012 19:24:49 +0000 mrquixote77 http://yesstutoring.com/?p=587 Purchase 4 90 minute sessions and save $20

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The White House gets in on games http://yesstutoring.com/2012/02/white-house-games/ http://yesstutoring.com/2012/02/white-house-games/#comments Tue, 07 Feb 2012 03:26:51 +0000 mrquixote77 http://yesstutoring.com/?p=520 ...more]]> The White House recently hired Constance Steinkuehler as a Senior Policy Analyst at the Office of Science and Technology Policy.  She is researching  MMOs as tools to improve health, education, and civic engagement.

Read the full article here.


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A game overlay http://yesstutoring.com/2012/02/a-game-overlay/ http://yesstutoring.com/2012/02/a-game-overlay/#comments Fri, 03 Feb 2012 22:13:05 +0000 mrquixote77 http://yesstutoring.com/?p=517 ...more]]> One way to describe what we do here at YESS! is that we create a “game overlay.”  Seth Priebatsch gave a fascinating TED talk about how this kind of thing is becoming more and more the accepted practice in a wide range of areas.  Basically we create a game around the tasks that students are already completing.  In our case, the game is an epic adventure created as a conversation between the student and the tutor.  The students activities are tracked through their anonymized online character.

Contact us today to learn how we can transform your school work into an epic adventure!


Watch the TED talk here:


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Games can produce serious results! http://yesstutoring.com/2012/02/games-can-produce-serious-results/ http://yesstutoring.com/2012/02/games-can-produce-serious-results/#comments Thu, 02 Feb 2012 19:52:18 +0000 mrquixote77 http://yesstutoring.com/?p=508 ...more]]> The prestigious scientific journal Nature recently published an article describing a medical discovery made by playing games.  You can  read the article Here   .  The short version of the story is that players of the networked game Foldit  collectively solved a problem which had stumped scientists with super computers for years.  How long did it take them?  Weeks.


This sort of crowd sourced game based activity is a perfect example of how re-framing activities as games can transform oppressive obstacles into engaging  challenges.


Nature News,Published online: 22 January 2012; | doi:10.1038/nature.2012.9872

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Home school curriculum coordination http://yesstutoring.com/2012/01/home-school-curriculum-coordination/ http://yesstutoring.com/2012/01/home-school-curriculum-coordination/#comments Thu, 26 Jan 2012 16:47:58 +0000 kalman http://yesstutoring.com/?p=472 Home school tutoring  & Support for home schooling  educators


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Curriculum Enrichment services http://yesstutoring.com/2012/01/service-title/ http://yesstutoring.com/2012/01/service-title/#comments Mon, 16 Jan 2012 23:53:50 +0000 admin http://yesstutoring.com/?p=27 ...more]]> We adjust out program to help our students with their current curricula as well as enrich their experience when we tap into their imaginations.

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In-your-home sessions of between 55 minutes and 2 hours. http://yesstutoring.com/2012/01/service-title-2/ http://yesstutoring.com/2012/01/service-title-2/#comments Mon, 16 Jan 2012 22:04:02 +0000 admin http://yesstutoring.com/?p=29 ...more]]> As part of our inhome sessions, we include email support and Curriculum Enrichment.  This multi-level support makes success the default.


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