Gamify Your Classroom With Digital Badges!
Adding game mechanics to your classroom doesn't have to be complicated. Digital badges are a great way to get started with gamification. Recognize learning achievements in your classroom with badges to motivate and challenge students to reach the next level. (Tip: Badges are also very motivating for teachers!)
There are several different approached to using badges in the classroom. Some websites and apps are strictly for creating and awarding badges, and some, more robust systems offer badges within their system. The following resources are just a start for those that are new to gamification, and all are iPad-friendly. I've included links and related resources as well.
Credly allows teachers to create badges, upload their own designs, and give credit through their platform. This easy-to-use application is available as a web version, iOS app, and has an open API to allow integration with other platforms as well. Below is a great tutorial for using Credly by Molly Schroeder.
Edmodo is a full, social learning platform with over 35 million users. With so many teachers and students already on board, it is worth mentioning that badges are integrated into this platform. After logging in to your Edmodo dashboard, go to the top toolbar>progress>student badges to check it out.
Class Badges is one of the more popular badging platforms. Class Badges allow the teacher to easily award badges aligned with learning goals. The video below is a great introduction to get you started.
- 5 Fun and Free Avatar Creators for the iPad
- Gamifying the iClassroom - iPadpalooza 2014 Presentation
Teacher's Guide to Badges in Education from Edudemic is a great resource for learning more about badges.
What are your favorite gamification resources? How have you used badges in the classroom or in professional development? Please feel free to share in the resources below.
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- Texas Google Summit (Brenham, Texas)
- Grand Prairie ISD Tech Week
- Lonestar TIA
- Instructional Technology Symposium
- Connect U
- Hunt County Tech Camp
- Speed 21 Technology in Teaching and Learning
- Revolutionizing Learning in RCISD
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