What is Makerfication?
Makerfication is a look into how gamification and the maker movement can together help enhance engagement in the classroom and increase excitement in "Project Based Learning." It is hands-on learning, high intensity collaboration, and on-the-move excitement! . Makerfication promotes critical thinking, problem solving, and design thinking.
My colleague, Andres Joubert, and I joined forces and created Makerfication! He brought his gaming knowledge to the collaboration, while I infused the making asset to this new type of classroom learning. We're happy that it has provided so many students and teachers an experience that brings excitement and real-time learning to the classroom.
So what happens in Makerfication? In the spirit of making and gaming, students are divided into teams and given a challenge to make something collaboratively with the materials and rules provided, all the while scoring as many points as possible! During the build, teams are also executing mobile “sidequests” that keep them constantly on the go and provide their team with "extra" building materials. In Makerfication!, the team with the most points wins the challenge.
Makerfication! is a scalable activity that can be successfully executed with a small classroom or an entire student body. It is also totally customizable to meet a school community's needs and requirements and easily integrated into any curriculum.
Wanna Learn to Makerfy?
Makerfication! has been presented in educational summits, maker faires, and as part of professional development in schools. Let us show your faculty how learning can be fun and also meet standards for 21st century learning. We are available for presentations, and consultations, just "drop me a line."
Educators had a blast during their Makerfication! challenge at the Ed Tech Summit in San Diego. We had many take back to their students what they learned at our presentation and held their own Makerfication! challenge.
Take a look at what a makerfication session looks like at a conference. It's great to see educators collaborate, problem solve, and make themselves! This session happened at Ipadpalooza in Austin, Texas.