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Game On: Feature Requests & Bug Reports Part II

Posted on Aug 30, 2016 by Mike Skocko Latest activity: Mar 12, 2017

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Archived conversation (1100+ comments): Feature Requests & Bug Reports (Part I) My students write the code that makes this project possible. If you have an idea—even a blue sky idea—for this iteration of Game On, this is the place to share it. If you find a bug or something that just doesn't feel right, this is the place to report it. We maintain a list of these items on our Dev Team Page page. Please check to see if your idea/issue is already on our radar. Our best ideas come from our... Read More

Questions and/or Observations

Posted on Jan 9, 2016 by Mike Skocko Latest activity: Dec 12, 2016

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Anything that's not a Feature Request or Bug Report. Add a comment to subscribe and you'll never miss out on the conversation. 

New Game On Teacher... Any way to revoke or remove badges, or require them for certain projects?

Posted on Mar 17, 2017 by Kerrick Lucker Latest activity: Mar 17, 2017

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Hi, folks, I'm setting up Game On for my elementary engineering classroom next year. (They'll be building a lot of physical projects, using the system as a web portal to track quests and points and purchase materials.) I want to have a Safety Badge that they earn early on that is required for more advanced quests that I can take away (either with the clipboard or a store item or some other accessible way) if they violate the safety rules. Am I missing a simple way to do that, or is it not built in? Also,... Read More

Behance for Student Portfolios?

Posted on Feb 2, 2017 by Ryan Hayes Latest activity: Mar 17, 2017

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I am getting tired of maintaining a Web server for both my classes and all of the student sites/portfolios. Then I started thinking, why not Behance for student portfolios instead of Wordpress sites? Anybody else doing this? Looks like they can add images and text. So, I can still have them do project reflections. I'd have to adjust my assessment/curriculum a bit since Behance doesn't have "blog" functionality. I know there is Weebly, Wix, or even, but looking at Behance I was digg... Read More

Filter not working for me

Posted on Dec 23, 2016 by Jeb Dickerson Latest activity: Mar 17, 2017

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Hello, I've set a filter for a store item (requires a level 3 to purchase a certain privilege), but all users with ample gold can purchase it, even tho all are still level 1. Is there a setting I'm missing? A box I need to check that I've neglected? Thanks for any help... Cheers, Jeb

Random rewards

Posted on Dec 14, 2016 by Jeb Dickerson Latest activity: Mar 12, 2017

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Hello All, Just curious what kinds of things you offer points for outside of quests? I remember Mike has a bell to bell reward, where kids get extra gold for working the entire class period...I'm thinking about that kind of stuff. Just random ways you reward kids with xp or gold that you find either engages them, excites them, or keeps them focused on doing work. Also, how much xp/gold do you give them for these sorts of things? Thanks so much...


Posted on Dec 11, 2016 by Jeb Dickerson Latest activity: Mar 17, 2017

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Hello, I'm beginning to get a fairly good understanding of the game mechanics (or so I hope), but I have some questions about Damage. How is it issued? Is it simply added as a store item and the cost is listed in the Damage box (1 or 2 or whatever) instead of costing something in Gold? And do you just name it something like "1 Damage"? And then do you just tell a student when they have to purchase it? Can you give me an example of what they do to earn a Damage? Also, do you have a system in plac... Read More


Posted on Dec 7, 2016 by Jeb Dickerson Latest activity: Dec 11, 2016

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Hello everyone, I'm curious how you all are using the classifications. I watched the video and understand that Mike is using it to create a seating chart. That doesn't seem applicable to my situation, but I get the sense there are loads of other uses for it. Anyone doing anything in particular with it that you've found powerful? Thanks for any ideas/input. Cheers...Jeb

Setting Up Wordpress

Posted on Jun 21, 2016 by Justin Yantho Latest activity: Jun 27, 2016

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I seem to be coming up short finding out how to set up my Wordpress site.  So Wordpress installed, Game On setup, and I create a Mission.  But where does that mission go (ie. where/how should it appear on Wordpress?

Ideal Lab Set Up for Video and Graphic Arts?

Posted on May 11, 2016 by Ryan Hayes Latest activity: Jun 3, 2016

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I have been blessed with the motherlode of one time funding as part of a CTE Incentive Grant. I have two sequences: Cinematic Arts and Graphic Arts. As part of another grant last year, I upgraded to professional 4K cameras and got a 4K TV for my classroom. From the grant I also just upgraded my 2011 27" iMacs to 20 GB ram from 4GB and PS and AI work great. Anyhow, my CTE Facilitator said, "No, you need a new lab." Who I am to say no? Here is my dilemma .... Both Cinematic Arts and... Read More

Adobe MAX

Posted on Mar 4, 2016 by David Peregrina Latest activity: Nov 2, 2016

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This past October Mark Cole (Viera High School - Florida), Adam Coulson (Highlands Ranch High School - Colorado) and I were able to attend the Adobe MAX conference. It was by far the best learning experience I have ever had for my industry (graphic design/multimedia arts). Mark and I have already preregistered for next year's conference in San Diego and we are hoping to have a few more teachers from our district attend. I was wondering if anyone here is planning on attending. The opportunity to meet Adam a... Read More

Exchange (Store) Features

Posted on Dec 10, 2015 by Brice Jensen Latest activity: Jan 28, 2016

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Hello everyone! I am a 9th grade physics teacher in Kansas City. I gamified my classroom this Fall with a lot of success. After recently stumbling upon GameOn I want to take my classroom to the next level. I am so incredibly impressed with the craftsmanship, ingenuity, and customization of this plugin. Wow! Q1: I do, not surprisingly, need a little help with understanding some of the store features. After a player purchases an item, such as a restroom pass, it is stored in their inventory. Is there a way t... Read More

Store question

Posted on Dec 7, 2015 by christopher cook Latest activity: Dec 8, 2015

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Hi all, Glad to be here.  Just got permission to gamify the makers ed program starting very small in the spring and going full bore next year. I created a few things and a test student but when I am in the test student account, I cannot see the store. I am VERY new to wordpress and just trying to get my feet on the ground a bit.

May I have temporary guest access to your Game On site?

Posted on Aug 7, 2015 by Kevin Jarrett Latest activity: Sep 9, 2016

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Hi, making progress on my build, but it would be great to poke around some existing sites to see functionality in action...would anyone be willing to give me some credentials to use for a bit? I'd really appreciate it! My email is Thanks!!!

Plans for 2015-2016

Posted on Jun 10, 2015 by Ryan Hayes Latest activity: Mar 15, 2016

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What are you planning on doing differently next year? What are your plans for starting the year? What big new ideas do you have?  Mike share with us some of your thoughts. We all know you ALWAYS have something new and exciting on the horizon. :) As you start to develop ideas for next year, share with the group. We are all here to learn from each other, right?

Foreign Language Teachers

Posted on Jun 9, 2015 by Holly Briggs Lederle Latest activity: Aug 3, 2015

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Hi Everyone! I am looking for a foreign language teacher who uses Game On.  I am trying to convert a fellow teacher and she would love to see an example of a site in her subject matter.   Keep up the great work! Thanks!

99 Designs

Posted on May 13, 2015 by Ryan Hayes Latest activity: May 17, 2015

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One of my students just told me about 99 Designs. It is similar to Art Heroes, but a commercial venture. She did a logo for a construction company over the weekend and earned $200. This after just winning $300 two weeks ago at the Orange County Digital Media Arts Showcase. $500 in two weeks isn't too shabby. Could be a good opportunity for advanced design students.

When Does Your 2014/15 School Year End?

Posted on May 9, 2015 by Mike Skocko Latest activity: May 11, 2015

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We have major updates in the wings but are reluctant to roll them out until your school year is over. I know that most of our users aren't active on this discussion board but I want to do my due diligence and touch base with as many as possible. Thanks in advance for the info.

Favorite Video Game Mechanics

Posted on Mar 30, 2015 by Mike Skocko Latest activity: May 19, 2015

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After Matthew broached the subject of playing Warcraft together (here), I began thinking that we need a place for blue-sky concepts that might give rise to new Game On functionality. So, without regard for what might or might not be "possible," what are your favorite video game mechanics?* *Feel free to add game mechanics from any genre that add to your game-playing pleasure.

I'm hanging up the books!

Posted on Jan 12, 2015 by Nathan Scherer Latest activity: May 7, 2015

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I just wanted to pop in and let you all know that I'm leaving the teaching game and going back to the field as a graphic designer! I just put in my three week notice on Friday. When I started teaching less than three years ago, I, like many other fresh-out-of-college students had big dreams and high hopes for my career in teaching. Of course, as soon as I got to the first big staff meeting and started hearing all about English test scores and how I would be evaluated based on those I had a mini panic attac... Read More

Returning to the Darkside

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 by Donald Peters Latest activity: Jan 13, 2015

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Hey all, long time no see -  Had to give up my Wordpress host last year as I couldn't afford the monthly fees -  Have tried some of the other gamification options out there and none of them really 'clicked' for me. Really wanting to 'return to the fold' and am looking at some cheap Wordpress hosting options... iPage looks promising and is about $95 for a year with what looks like quite a bit of support. Then there is network solutions which is even cheaper at $49.50 for a year but... Read More

Recording Videos

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 by Adam Coulson Latest activity: Mar 15, 2016

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Since any of us are recording videos we embed into our quests and pages I was wondering if we could make recommendations of method or techniques as I have found many different options but not the best solution. My videos are much lower quality than Mike's and I am pretty sure that mine are larger than standard.  What are your suggestions for: Softwareresolutionframe rateFiles typesConversions My files are ranging from 20-75MB while using Camtasia exporting at 22frames/s and 864x540. I do all MP4's d... Read More

Self-Assessment and Evaluation

Posted on Oct 26, 2014 by Adam Coulson Latest activity: Dec 15, 2014

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With self-assessment becoming a more clearly important element in classroom I was wondering if anyone has suggestions for how you are using self-assessment with in GameOn and specifically student blogs. I am finding it challenging to hold students accountable for the quality of their blog posts and thus depend more heavily of their self evaluations.  The students in my class for the wrong reasons really try to take advantage of this making them all the more important to be held accou... Read More

Bathroom Passes

Posted on Oct 21, 2014 by Nathan Scherer Latest activity: Oct 25, 2014

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Okay, so I had a student challenge the bathroom pass rule and took it to the the dean. Now I'm getting push back saying that they don't think I'll be able to use this store feature. Anyone have any ideas on how to present this to principals? It's basically going to kill the main part of the program because that's one of the top sellers and one of the main ways to keep students focused on work.

Quest Discussion

Posted on Oct 6, 2014 by Nathan Scherer Latest activity: Oct 25, 2014

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Can we have a place where we share quests? And, I don't mean resources to find content - I mean actual tasks with the three/four/five stage sections. I know we talked about making something official in the future but this could be a good start. If there already is one, please link and I'll go there! I'm looking for some good quests that deal with design elements and principles and also color theory.