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The Moral of the Story...

[fa icon="calendar'] June 11, 2018 at 3:17 PM / by Matt Murphy posted in Game-Based Learning, Gamification, Student Motivation, professional development

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The human brain is hard-wired for pulling meaning from stories and internalizing the lessons learned. It is one of the most ancient and powerful teaching tools an educator can have in their toolkit. The problem is that not everyone fancies themselves as a storyteller or writer and trying to remember stories you've heard in the moment when it would be applicable is difficult to rely upon.

To this end, there are formulaic means through which a teacher can turn a learning objective into a meaningful narrative.

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Are We Intrinsically Extrinsic? Let’s Explore Student Motivation

[fa icon="calendar'] November 16, 2016 at 10:57 AM / by Admin posted in Extrinsic Motivation, Student Motivation, Intrinsic Motivation

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Can digital tools in the classroom increase intrinsic motivation in students, or do they simply serve as an extrinsic motivator to learn about the “boring subjects?” Does the gamification movement and the overabundance of new learning tools actually pose a threat to students’ natural interest in learning?

Kendra Cherry does a great job laying out the debate between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation -- that is, being motivated by internal or external factors -- in her article, “Differences Between Extrinsic and Intrinsic Motivation.”

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