Mike Skocko

Game On | User's Guide for Gamifying the Classroom

Technical Tutorial Published 11/18/13 Last updated on 7/11/18

Instructions for installing and utilizing Game On, a WordPress plugin that transforms an ordinary blog into a gamified curriculum delivery system for educators.

Game On is free and open source: Download from GitHub

More Information: Epic Discussion | New: Game On Forums


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Aziz Soubai

Posted on 6/15/18 8:52:06 PM Permalink

​Very good job

Antoinette Green

Posted on 4/21/14 6:07:57 PM Permalink

Interesting resource for those thinking about utilizing gamification in the classroom.

Matt Hensler

Posted on 12/19/13 12:43:42 PM Permalink

I'm sure it'a already been covered, but how do you setup the student blogs on your own domain and tie that to the user account that's registered through the gamification plugin? I'm starting to get things in line to roll this out as a pilot middle of the second semester, and then full roll out this coming fall. I figured I would get some of the big issues sorted out now before implementation.

I know my host supports multiple blog installations, so is that all you do?

Mike Skocko

Posted on 12/19/13 1:15:42 PM Permalink

Hey Matt,

Our district IT guru set mine up.

Kids are registered on two separate WP installs. One of the first quests in our game asks student to complete their http://maclab.guhsd.net profile, adding first and last names, blog URL, and a Nickname that's used as their "gamer tag" (displayname). They're also asked to select period(s) and computer number.
All of this info is collected by the Clipboard, giving you a seating chart, links to their blogs and Stats, as well as current points, currency, minutes, level, XP, etc. The Analysis tab is a work in progress.
Important: Don't add Game On to the student's WP install.
Does all that make sense?

Matt Hensler

Posted on 12/19/13 2:20:34 PM Permalink

It does, thanks!

I'm not quite sure how the students get their own full version of the blog software that way unless there would be an install for each student. Rob mentioned having plugins, etc., available for students which is obviously only available in the hosted version of WP.
I watched the setup videos and saw where they have to create their profile, etc., I'm assuming they're registering that account information on your site since that information is then accessible through the admin dashboard?

I suppose I'm having trouble envisioning whether the blogs they have are tied to the plugin in any way.

Mike Skocko

Posted on 12/19/13 2:49:13 PM Permalink

WordPress has a multisite feature built in. Here's the word from the source. You'd be both an admin and a network admin on the student blog install.

You install any plugins (not Game On) and themes you want kids to use on the second WP install. Their blogs are separate from your gamified site.

Mike Skocko

Posted on 11/20/13 5:13:28 PM Permalink

Way too long video about the Store (recorded this morning after way too long Tuesday and way too short sleep).

Will rerecord, post to YouTube, and add to the Game On how-to videos but thought someone might benefit from my inept version now.

Deila Caballero

Posted on 11/19/13 8:39:03 PM Permalink

This is amazing Mike!

Mike Skocko

Posted on 12/4/13 8:52:50 PM Permalink

Thanks, Delia. It's become a team effort with many educators contributing suggestions and critiques.

Rob Schwartz

Posted on 11/19/13 8:23:16 PM Permalink

you going to cross post to the site, or should I just copy and paste?

Mike Skocko

Posted on 11/19/13 8:39:12 PM Permalink

You mean here? :)

Though that should probably be on a dedicated page, eh?

Rob Schwartz

Posted on 11/26/13 6:27:35 PM Permalink

No... I meant here! lol. I had posted to the wiki.

Should we post to the wiki or do it in forums?

Input from anyone else? I generally don't use wiki's for anything, but forums seem to be focused on troubleshooting, help, etc where there is more discussion and interaction.

I'm not even sure I get the whole wiki thing.

Kelly Kermode

Posted on 11/18/13 4:51:30 PM Permalink


Annette Whitby

Posted on 11/18/13 2:16:42 PM Permalink

Thanks, Mike! I'll be sure to review the tutorials.

Nathan Scherer

Posted on 11/18/13 3:01:23 AM Permalink

I'm just posting here to subscribe to this awesome resource!