Classcraft Turns School Into An RPG


Admittedly, sometimes school can be incredibly boring. Maybe it’s because teaching methods are woefully outdated, not even attempting to approach today’s kids on their level in an innovative way to reach them. Classcraft aims to change all that. It’s a program that “gamifies” classes into an adventure where students can choose a class such as warrior, healer & mage, all given special abilities such as the healer’s “favor of the gods”, which allows them permission to listen to their iPod or MP3 player during classwork.

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How does Classcraft work exactly? It’s actually pretty simple, you get XP for good work and behavior, while failing assignments, bad behavior and missing or being late to class can damage your character. Classcraft places classmates in teams, and a team member dying can damage the whole party, so it encourages cooperation and helping fellow students do well.

Personally, I’m all for anything that gets students more engaged and involved. Especially something that encourages cooperation and good behavior. Sometimes the gamification of everyday things is pretty lame, but this at least seems to have a lot of potential.

Right now, Classcraft is free, but it is making the move to a freemium model, where students can buy outfits for their avatars online and pets. There will still be a free version available, but it won’t come with any of the extras like pets, iOS app support and interactive class forums. It’s currently being enjoyed by over 7,000 students in 25 countries. If you want to learn more about Classcraft, you can check out the official website here and the trailer for Classcraft below.

Classcraft from Classcraft on Vimeo.

What do you think, GameSided readers? Are programs like Classcraft the key to better schooling? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!