Like OPERATION: Tech Bingo, teachers earn eXperience Points (XP) for completing adventures. To read more about XP, check the post OPERATION: Tech Bingo, Part 4.
The ranks for the military theme are very easy since that’s the structure of the military to begin with. For an adventure theme, I had to come up with something new. I decided to brainstorm (aka Google) ship/pirate jobs. I narrowed it down to ten jobs for ten levels. There is fewer XP to earn in this course, so ten levels was just the right amount (rather than 15). And, I couldn’t come up with 15 jobs anyway, so there.
Here are the jobs in the order I decided:
3. First Mate
If you decide to use these as ranks, you are obviously welcome to change the order of importance. This is just take on it.
Clip-art for the levels was easy. I found some for purchase on Etsy. I hadn’t subscribed to iStock images when I made the levels page.
I thought it turned out really cute with an elementary feel to it.
The prizes were similar to OPERATION: Tech Bingo except for the Level 5 and Level 10 prizes. Those are always the “carrot” item – something teachers really want. The principal on campus agreed to allow us to offer a jeans pass for the “big” prize. It’s a rare treat to wear jeans on her campus, so this was a coveted prize.
The flippity.net Progress Indicator was also used for the leaderboard option and embedded in a page using a content frame. Just keep in mind that leaderboards do tend to demotivate some players.
After levels and ranks were established, I moved on to making the Choice Board for the home page. That’s the next post….