Habitica

habiticaI  lost 3 mana points just by being there this morning. The red bar is health, the yellow experience and the mana is blue. It was a new bar which came up when I went up a level and I was just doing my usual of checking things off and getting things set up for the day and boom! 3   mana points gone. I shall try and work it out myself , if not, the Habitica help guild is very prompt in getting a reply back if you need help. I have been on Habitica just over a week and there is plenty to do and learn. In my last post I said I would trial it for a month. I have learned a lot in a week and can only expect to be so much more in control by the end of a month. That’s the thing. You have to give new apps and sites an opportunity to allow you to learn before you make any real judgements. I have found I have distinguished between what I want to form as habits as opposed to those things I want as a daily routine. I have then been able to add the things I want to do each day and this site is stopping me from doing things and not acknowledging them. I put everything on there and so I notice what I am actually doing. I don’t do things and then wonder where all my energy has gone. I took a look at the guilds and they are really impressive in their breadth of interest so that like minded people can encourage each other. I was really pleased to see one for Duolingo because it’s an app I have recommended, one I use and one we used to use in class. The guilds really do cover some interesting topics. I worked out how to grow 3 pets and feed them and how to create my avatar picture. I keep looking at those little pixilated pictures and thinking they would make cute little cross stitches. So the plan is to find out about mana and how it works. I have put it on my to do list. I have always been organised but Habitica is enabling a clearer version of my organisational skills. I’d like another list where I could put a wish list of things I want to complete but am waiting for the right time or equipment or whatever. You can put checklists under the main headings and so on. With  a wish list you’d have time to work out what you needed to do in order to achieve that wish. It would be like forward planning. As it stands I do that in my paper journal . The gaming aspect of Habitica isn’t something which appeals to me at the moment or something which will encourage me to do better. It certainly has some real pulling power with others, though,  and you can see that on the site. They do involve themselves in the gaming aspect of the site and love it. It does help them to do better and improve.

Habitica

I have had the Habitica app on my iPad for quite a while and hadn’t got around to using it. I loaded it up today and thought, no, no, I don’t like this. I looked up the online site up on my computer and it looks so much better, I can follow it better and I have some chance of deciding whether this is for me or not. Another negative , though, probably not. Do I need to gamify my life and todo lists? Maybe.habitica Will it motivate me better? Don’t think so. I think it will create a layer of stress. I am willing to try, though, and find out whether this is for me or not. I really like how you can set the goals up under headings and then look at how you are achieving. That is excellent. Often you write up lists and todos and you get no reward for what you are doing and then you don’t pay a lot of attention to what you are actually achieving. Habitica makes you notice. I think the gaming aspect of it would really suit younger people and the video certainly attests to that. Habitica does allow you to look at your life in a logical fashion and work towards achieving what you want to achieve. Gamifyng your life is probably a good thing if it is getting you places. I am going to try it for a month and then see what I think. There are certainly plenty of videos to help me along the way. If nothing else Habitica has made me notice that dealing with my emails is an achievement.

Social media level up

Social media has levelled up and brought us now a way of connecting so we can benefit ourselves and encourage each other. The video is 25 minutes but will explain how Fitocracy works. The notion of a small empire has now been created so we can build  virtual empires and collaborate for the benefit of members. Fitocracy is a fitness programme which is based on game theory but has the added bonus of allowing you to be part of a supportive, positive social community.This is a new way of looking at social media. It’s not a diversion or entertainment or the way to pass time. It is now possible to use the benefits of games and social media to generate apps and communities which can make a good difference in your life and where you can participate and make a difference in the lives of others. Fitocracy is free and can be used to improve your fitness on either Apple or Android devices. Fitocracy has around a million participants. Good way to motivate yourself and use your dead time to motivate others.

World Teachers’ Day Australia

International World Teachers’ day was October 5th and Unesco put out an interesting compilation of speeches urging the world to invest in its teachers. I have chosen the motivational video I found because teachers are all heart and I wish all my colleagues a Happy World Teachers’ Day. In South Australia we are celebrating it today.

Matching expectations

As an educator this slide presentation gave me something to think about. There are times when the generations clash in a classroom with regard to technology and this slide presentation made me think about it more as a mismatch of expectations rather than a clash. It need not be about a power struggle nor position bargaining. A lot of the problems in schools with regard to technology could well be related to what we expect – as teachers, as students, as administrators. Do we expect school use to be the same as home use? Should school use be brought in line with work place use? Do we change our expectations of IT according to our age, culture, gender, personality? Should we just use technology just because it is technology? The slide presentation looks at ways of managing expectations to ensure successful outcomes so maybe we need to look at this more closely. It is one of the reasons I have been trying to encourage the use of mobile technology with the younger students. They do have an expectation it will be part of their day. We need to look at the expectations of staff and students and see whether they are reasonable, rational, acceptable…whatever we want to think …in an educational environment. A lot of that means we have to talk, discuss and look at the options and implementation.

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