Magazine article Technology & Learning

Classcraft

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Classcraft

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classcraft.com * Retail Price: $8/month (free version also available)

Ease of Use: Everything from setup and integration to creating your first Classcraft "classroom" is intuitive and user-friendly. After a brief signup process, I had my class up and running in just a few minutes. Classcraft is easy to understand and navigate, thanks to a lengthy, but valuable, onboarding process that not only walks users through how to use Classcraft but also explains where everything is and how educators can deploy game mechanics in the classroom. Classcraft also comes with a useful demo class so users can practice using the tool and experiment with its features before getting started.

Creative Use of Technology: Classcraft is meant to be projected onto a screen so that students can see throughout the class period how their teamwork, achievements, activities, and behavior are benefitting their progress in the game. Many of Classcraft's features, especially the fun Random Events feature, lend themselves well to this design. A teacher could, for example, alt+tab between the lesson and Classcraft during a class to increase engagement and motivation.

Suitability for Use in a School Environment: Excellent. …

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