Friday, February 24, 2017

Rockstar Stage Presentations - Joey Kovnesky - Gamify Your Classroom to Increase Motivation

Presentations from The Rockstar Stage

The One Conference 2017


The Rockstar Stage has become a favorite element of The One Conference for many as the focal point is on hearing directly from teachers and students regarding tips, tools, and inspirational messages about how they use technology in their classrooms. It is a celebration of our staff and students, giving them a few minutes in the spotlight to share their very best ideas!

Joey Kovnesky
Butler Middle School Teacher

Rockstar Stage Presenter: Joey Kovnesky


Joey Kovnesky is a first-year teacher at Butler Middle School in the School District of Waukesha.


Joey identifies a harsh reality many teachers continually struggle with daily. Regardless of the design of the lesson, some students find it particularly difficult to be engaged by school. While there can be many reasons for this, one he pointedly identifies is that these same students can find the motivation to spend hours playing video games.  Joey has used that observation and turned it into a positive, meaningful way to engage students in his classroom using a strategy called gamification.


Gamification of learning outlines and utilizes some of the same game design principles that real-world game designers utilize to engage players. In his talk, Joey talks about what his version of classroom gamification looks like, how students have responded, and why it is a platform that could be adopted by other teachers to engage their students.