Gamification is the idea that you can turn some of the your class curriculum and social goals into a game.
Some teachers are skeptical of anything with the word game in it because they fear it will belittle the value of the content, water down the content or be slow and inefficient. It is actually the opposite.
I can describe it best by showing you, so head over to this link to see how it works in seventh and eighth grade social studies classrooms (and my daughter's third grade class) and see me if you'd like to know more or want help gamifying a unit, lesson, or goal.
Here is a good intro video to the concept
Here are some links:
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