If you are still on the fence about gamification, then I suggest taking a look at this article. Not only does it provide a helpful introduction to gamification, but it outlines one teacher's personal experience with gamifying his classroom.
Mr. Gonzales is another teacher that really knows his stuff about gamification, and I visited his blog numerous times when trying to design my own game. I like that he has a ton of different blog posts on various aspects of gamification, and he provides a lot of examples of what has worked or not worked with his own students.
Here is a great example of gamification in action. This teacher has woven every aspect of his class into a game, including the class website which is shown here. I love that it gives you examples of leaderboards, point systems, perks, powers, and quests. I found going through this class website very helpful when trying to learn more about how gamification works.
While I think gamification is amazing, I admit that it can be difficult and time consuming to execute it well. That's why I love this video, because it helped me quickly and easily start incorporating gamification into my lessons without a lot of stress. I recommend this video for any newcomer to gamification or for teachers that don't have time to create a year long game.
This is one of Mr. Mantera’s newer posts on gamification, and I'm looking forward to incorporating into next semester. The battles are definitely for teachers with prior gamification experience, and I think it will take a lot of planning ahead and research to execute it properly.
I have not personally used any of these apps in my classroom yet, but I know other teachers who have, and they all seem to really like them. I think apps are great when paired with gamification, because it really simulates the gaming experience. I hope to be able to use more digital tools and apps next semester in regards to my gamified lessons.
This is another great resource from Mr. Mantera, and he is my go to guy when it comes to gamified learning. In this blog post, he covers his suggestions for mini-games, and they are all awesome. I try to include a mini game in my class several times a week, and I have used all of the games listed here successfully in my class.
This was my first encounter with gamification, and I was in love at first sight. The video is long, but it is so worth it. I myself have watched it several times. Even if you know what gamification is, the teacher in this podcast is phenomenal, and I believe he provides the best example of gamification that I have seen.