CONCEPT: Gamify learning targets by turning them into track able achievements.
DELIVERY: with the launch of the first Xbox, Microsoft did something amazing - they created the achievement system and somehow made targets cool. This system has since been adopted by pretty much everyone in the games industry including those behind Playstation and the games available via the iOS Games Centre. Gamers (ie a huge percentage of the kids we are teaching) love achievements. They hung them down and play games for longer or in more unorthodox ways just to tick them off.
Yet getting kids to care about their personal learning targets at school remains challenging.
Enter iAchievement, a utility app that aims to harness the power of gamification to engage people with their personal goals. Users can add as many achievements as they wish and categorise them. They can also set how many times something has to be done before the achievement is completed. The app tracks progress and can display statistics over the week, month or entire year. So a student using their own device could log their targets across (for example) English, Maths and Science and an agreement could be made that either the educator or student is responsible for checking them off. The ability to set how many times a task needs to be completed also means that the length a student stays on a target can be differentiated appropriately.
LIMITATIONS: The app is not specifically aimed at children and as such the interface is not as bright or engaging as you might wish. For example - getting to set a badge icon for each target. The inability to disable the social networking functionality also means that it needs to be monitored closely. BYOD schools will get more use from the app as students have their own device to track their goals.
CONCLUSION: A valuable utility for the iPad educator's tool belt. Harnessed well, it could inspire children to care more about their personal learning goals. 4/5
Helping students monitor their own learning targets
As a CPD tool for staff
As a part of peer or self assessment tasks