The 8-Bit Instructor: Gamification with Yu-kai Chou (EP015)

EP042 Reflections on a Crazy Year The Educator's Quest

It's the final episode of the first season! I do some reflecting on this past year and the things I've learned as well as things that will hopefully continue on after things go back to "normal".
  1. EP042 Reflections on a Crazy Year
  2. EP041 Gamification with Michael Matera
  3. EP040 Summer PL
  4. EP039 What Marvel Strike Force Taught Me About Collaboration
  5. EP038 Digital Escape Rooms with Karly Moura

Episode 15

This week, Yu-kai Chou joins me and explains key principles in gamification that we can utilize in the classroom. A couple of updates from Google. Plus, a Chrome tip from the treasure chest. And as always, your 8-Bit Crew question of the week.

News & Updates

  • Google
    • Replace your background with pre-loaded or uploaded images; read more here.
    • You can change your Google chat status within Gmail; read more here.

Treasure Chest: Using Gradients

  • Gradients add a nice aesthetic to presentations rather than using solid colors

Boss Battle: Gamification with Yu-kai Chou

  • Learn about the 8 Core Drives of Yu-kai’s Octalysis Framework
  • Connect with Yu-kai
    • Twitter: @yukaichou
    • Web site:
    • Yu-kai’s book, Actionable Gamification: Beyond Points, Badges, and Leaderboards; find it here.

Crew Members’ Board (#8BitCrew)

QOTW: How can you add gamification principles to what you’re already doing in class?

Use the #8BitCrew on Twitter or post longer stories in the comments section here.

Get connected

Check out my Google Classroom Udemy course.


Music by David Fesliyan (

  • Intro/Outro: “Retro Platforming”
  • Boss Battle: “Boss Battle Rock”
  • Crew Member’s Board: “Pirate Dance”
  • Wrap up: “Game Over” by Patrick de Arteaga

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