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Gamification in the classroom: A Danish-Irish teacher exchange

From 7-8 June 2018 Declan Cathcart from Temple Carrig School, Ireland, visited his colleague Line Nygård Mikkelsen in Baunehøjskolen, Denmark. Both teachers met at the European Science on Stage festival 2017 in Debrecen, Hungary, as delegates of Science on Stage Ireland and Science on Stage Denmark and decided to do a teacher exchange supported by Science on Stage.

At Line's school Declan was introduced to the Danish school system and of course also to Line's students who were excited to meet an English speaking science teacher. Line and Declan developed a new project together about gamifaction in biology teaching. Line's students tried out funny sounding activities such as 'Hunting Jelly Beans', 'The Survival Game', 'A Game of Mutants' or 'My Cousin is a Fruit Fly', covering various topics like predator-prey systems, environmental effects on populations, the resistance of bacterial cells to antibiotics or the determination of DNA. The students had a good time and Line and Declan want to go on with their project and do a further teacher exchange - this time with Line visiting Declan in Ireland.

'What a great trip!  Many thanks to my host Line, her colleagues and her students in Baunehøjskolen for the warm welcome they gave me.  It was fascinating to experience to work in a Danish school, and I hope to be able to welcome Line to Ireland in the Autumn to continue our adventures in teaching evolution.' Quote: Declan Cathcart   



Picture © Declan Cathcart /  Line Nygård Mikkelsen