Fort Saskatchewan teacher Scott Herbert to appear on Ted Talks for a second year in a row.
 
Our Lady of the Angels grade eight teacher, Scott Hebert, will speak at the third annual TedXUAlberta Conference held at the ATB Financial Arts Barn in Edmonton on March 11. This year's theme is "Ignite. Launch. Explore."
 
In his Ted Talk, Hebert plans to explore the concept of gamification (the application of game principles in other activities) in an educational setting.
 
"I focus heavily on the application for students, not just the note memorization of science," Hebert said. "The kids are actually involved in it - doing, planning and thinking instead of just memorizing."
 
Hebert employs gamification in his efforts to engage students in their learning, and hopes to see its use become more widespread.
 
He has spent the last three years exploring the concept of gamification, ultimately turning his grade eight science program into a large medieval-themed game, lasting the entirety of the school year. 
 
Some real-world examples of gamification are Tim Hortons' Roll Up the Rim and McDonalds' Monopoly.
 
"I'm excited to do (the talk). Having done one before, I'm a lot more comfortable now that I know what to expect," said Hebert.
 
His first Ted Talk, given when he worked with Edmonton Public Schools last February, was focused on his career choices as a teacher and the flaws that he perceived in the education system.

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