The Power of Gamification in Education | Scott Hebert | TEDxUAlberta

Scott Hebert is a teacher in Fort Saskatchewan, Canada. In this talk he addresses why the modern education system is experiencing an engagement crisis, and how we can solve it through a new approach in teaching. #GameMyClass Scott Hebert is a local middle school teacher, author, former TEDx speaker and educational innovator from Fort Saskatchewan where he teaches at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic School. He has been on a crusade since beginning his career in 2009 to rid the stereotypes and archaic expectations of school. In 2013, he was awarded the Alberta Excellence in Teaching Award for his efforts in elementary physical education. He then moved into middle school sciences. After a year of planning, in 2015, Scott unveiled his latest effort to connect students to their education using the upcoming teaching methodology of gamification. Subsequently, his program was named the Best Gamified Project in Education globally in 2015 by the World Gamification Congress. His class has gained local, provincial, and international attention for its unique approach to answering the engagement crisis many of today’s student face. Scott’s speaking style uses humour, honesty and personal experience to connect with his audience. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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  1. 2018
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    -“it’s not a book and more than a puzzle”.

  2. This TEDx aroused my curiosity to learn more about gamification. I’ve been watching TedTalks for some time now but your message, Mr. Hebert, really got me thinking hard. Your talk profoundly inspired me to be an innovative teacher. Your passion and brilliance just struck me real hard! I admire you. I wish I could one day be as passionate and sensational a speaker, teacher, and innovator as you. Love lots from the Philippines.

    P.S. I’m planning to focus on gamification in language learning for my Master’s thesis.

  3. Something that i realize recetly is that In most of the games they dont punish you for lose, increase the dificult slowly with new mechanicals one by one like Celeste. in contrast, in the school you receive a Lot of content at once and punish for lose. Who play Mario Maker know the diference between a good level desing and a bad level desing that you die tree times and give up.

  4. With the closure of schools in Trinidad and Tobago due to the pandemic, it’s been extremely difficult to keep my 10 year old son engaged in learning. He’d rather play video games all day and has no interest in online school. I’ve been living a life of absolute frustration for the last 5 months and so I’ve decided to do some research on the teaching methodology of gamification. This topic is not even being discussed in my country. This video was extremely helpful and has stirred up an interest in alternative form of education for my son.

  5. ok we all know its vital to make classes more fun but ow?it would have been better to explain gamification more vastly!

  6. Just in love with the way he spoke and everything in this video <3 just amazing
    Thank you 😀

  7. “it is ok” exactly the words I wanted to hear from my teacher, never heard though. But now I understand, teachers also need to hear these, from the parents, from the school administration, from the society when they fail to keep up with the performance goals. Ain’t they? We need to take it easy on each other, and understand that greater good only comes when we trust each other.

  8. I am a very innovative teacher who has done a lot of work with gamification. I am totally a believer and supporter of it. However, there is one weak spot in gamification and it is the students. I teach middle school science, and I have so many students who resist taking even the smallest step out of doing worksheets, or making A’s on their tests. Given the chance to use a game to complete their work they, for the most part, ignore the game elements and whine about the game being more work and they don’t want to do it. If the instructions for an activity are more than a couple of sentences long, or require them to think and express themselves they just give up and avoid doing it, or beg for something easier. It is very discouraging to work hard to create an experience in the classroom I would have killed for as a middle school student only to have them blow it off, and refuse to participate mostly because they are too stinking lazy to lift a finger and try something new.

  9. Scott Hebert has a point and this is what MoonshotJr is attempting to do. See Moonpreneur a game ( that is on Kickstarter) that is intended is not only to be fun and play but also educates.

  10. YES, this is the video I needed to see that I’m not crazy, and what I’m trying to do has a purpose !!!!

  11. I’m late to the party, but! If there’s one thing I remember from school it’s the paralyzing fear of making a mistake because it could cost you your grade. But making mistakes is how we learn; understanding concepts should not be bound to a timeframe. I truly believe the grading system makes students too afraid to take risks, make choices and learn from those which most likely stunts their learning. I hope things change drastically soon.

  12. Inspiring! BTW, Brene Brown quoted Scott Stratten with that jackass whisperer reference.

  13. I agree until the point of gamification. Maybe it’s about the term but the way I understand it, gamification is about competition, points, badges, etc. But if we study for points and awards isn’t it the same like studying for grades and medals? Gamification doesn’t give more context than any other form of education. I think it has to go further than “just” gamification. It has to be a game, not conventional education with fancy game mechanics.

    He does make some great points.