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Gamification Classroom. ClassBadges Is A Free Way To Gamify Your Classroom. Looking to find a new, simple, and free way to gamify your classroom? There a new web tool out that you should probably know about. It’s called ClassBadges and it’s a free online tool where teachers can award badges for student accomplishments.

Teachers can set up an account and award the badges whenever they wish. Pretty straightforward. Request an invite to create an account (it looks like right now, they’re working on handling a higher capacity of users), and once you do, you’ll be able to create a class list. Everything You’ll Ever Need To Know About Gamification. Editor’s note: Tadhg Kelly is a game designer with 20 years experience.

Everything You’ll Ever Need To Know About Gamification

He is the creator of leading game design blog What Games Are, and consults for many companies on game design and development. You can follow him on Twitter here. A friend of mine once relayed this quote (as a joke) to me about consulting: “Why make money solving the problem, when you can make so much more by making it worse?” And, like all such quotes, it’s funny because it contains a kernel of truth. Effects of Video Games on our Brains ? I am really getting confused here.

Effects of Video Games on our Brains ?

Just last month I posted an article entitled " Do Video Games Make Kids Violent ". This post was mainly inspired by the book I have read for Paul James Gee ( What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy. Second Edition: Revised and Updated Edition. Free Tools to Incorporate Game-Based Learning. As I work with teachers to implement game-based learning (GBL), they are always looking for any free tools that exist.

Free Tools to Incorporate Game-Based Learning

While some are willing to pay for iPad game apps or using the Kinect, these tools often cost money. Luckily, there are many tools out there that are free and that teachers could use in the classroom as soon as tomorrow. Some of these tools are not only the games themselves, but also lesson plans and ideas for using the game in the classroom. Here are some of my favorite free GBL tools. iCivics Many of us know of iCivics, founded by former Chief Justice Sandra Day O'Conner to improve civics education. MangaHigh Math is the focus of Manga High. BrainPop BrainPop has an excellent selection of games to teach a variety of subjects. Teach With Portals I challenge anyone to play Portal and not feel engaged. These are just a few of my favorite GBL tools that I have used and played. This blog is part of a series sponsored by TEQ. 5 Brilliant 'Design Your Own Game' Websites for Students.

There’s been a lot of buzz lately about the use of gaming in the classroom – from the ‘gamification’ of learning to the use of Minecraft to teach everything from physics to strategic thinking.

5 Brilliant 'Design Your Own Game' Websites for Students

Since long before education technology even existed, video games have been a hugely successful way to engage students, creating a fun and compelling environment in which they can learn, develop and interact with their peers. But allowing students to actually take control of designing the game themselves takes the concept to a whole new level, allowing them to practice a host of new creative and technical skills.

Here are 5 top websites – let the games begin! 1. Octalysis: Complete Gamification Framework. (This is the Gamification Framework that I am most known for.

Octalysis: Complete Gamification Framework

Within a year, it was translated into 9 different languages and became classic teaching literature in the gamification space in the US, Europe, Australia and South America.) Octalysis: Complete Gamification Framework Gamification is design that places the most emphasis on human motivation in the process. In essence, it is Human-Focused Design (as opposed to “function-focused design”). Most processes design around function and efficiency – they try to get the job done as quickly as possible. How I Turned My Classroom into a ‘Living Video Game’—and Saw Achievement Soar. 6 Video Games You Can Teach With Tomorrow. Realistically, a “with it” teacher can teach almost anything using almost anything.

6 Video Games You Can Teach With Tomorrow

I’ve been taught trigonometry using a paper clip, and expository structure using paint. Tech is great, but nowhere close to necessary. But if the underlying learning process is well-thought out, tech can provide powerful common ground for teachers and learners. So then, video games. Video games do not represent a “rising medium,” but rather one that’s established, potent, and ready for application in any content area at any grade level.

Ten reasons why game based learning works in education. How Games Help Students Embrace Failure. How To Gamify Your Classroom In 6 Easy Steps. Gamification can be a great tool to incorporate into your classroom.

How To Gamify Your Classroom In 6 Easy Steps

Helping with student engagement and motivation, gamification is a growing trend. But for teachers who are new to gamification, incorporating it into your classroom may seem like a daunting task. Figuring out ahead of time how to introduce gamification concepts into your lessons and having specific goals in mind will make the experience a much richer one for you and your students than just gamifying concepts for the sake of it. How to Tell if Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You.

Extra Credits – Gamifying Education. Game-Based Learning.