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Adventure Pedagogy

Sixth grade lessons at Vallila Elementary School are based on what they call ‘Adventure Pedagogy,’ in which assessment and homework, to name a few, are brought to life through the act of gaming. Traditional learning methods are challenged by adding gaming to the mix with hopes of motivating and engaging students. HundrED will focus on the development of student motivation in learning, interaction and working in groups over the course of the school year. New replicable practices in Adventure Pedagogy will be created from the experiment.

What are the goals you are looking to achieve with the experiment?

Imagine if each school day was like an adventure. Why should students learn about historical events only through reading and writing? Instead couldn’t they experience them through drama and games? A holistic approach to game-based learning has a huge impact on children’s school satisfaction when students have an authentic opportunity to influence their own learning. In this experiment we aim to increase and develop students’ motivation and their social skills.

What is it that you will concretely accomplish in the experiment?

The planning of the experiment has begun during Spring 2016 and the gamification of teaching and assessment will begin with small trials during Fall 2016. Based on the trials, it will them be possible to create even larger entities around virtual worlds. The first goal for the Fall is gamifying classroom practices, homework, in-class tasks and school days. The second goal is to gamify the assessment process. Finally the gamification practices will be established as an enduring part of learning of the school.

Is this a new experiment or is this based on an existing one?

This experiment is a follow-up to the experiments that the teacher Teppo Manninen has carried out with his students.

Describe why you feel it is meaningful to be a part of HundrED.

Sharing thoughts and ideas plays a big part these days. The school institution is going through fundamental changes so networking and working together with other schools and organizations is essential.

Contact Information

School(s): Vallila Elementary School

Contact person: Teppo Manninen

Contact email: teppo.manninen@edu.hel.fi

Partnership(s): Tomi Tolonen (Siltamäki Primary School), Pekka Humelin (Mustakivi Elementary School) and Jyrki Karjalainen (Itäkeskus Comprehensive School).

Helsinki Finland
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