ClassBadges is an interesting site trying to take advantage of the buzz word "gamification." Teachers can set up an account at ClassBadges and award students badges for completing different tasks. Here is a video overview of ClassBadges.
When I first saw the site I thought this would be fun and motivating for students. One thing I didn't think of which has been brought up by others in the Summer Tech Challenge is keeping up with awarding badges if you have large numbers of students. So I am now encouraging teachers to start small, with maybe one class and see how it goes. Are your students motivated when they receive a badge? If they are, then maybe continue to add classes.
One feature I would like to see added to ClassBadges is the ability to embed the badges on a blog or a website. I think if students could take the badges they have earned and show them off on their blog or website, they might be motivated to earn more badges. What do you think? Do you think the ability for students to show off their badges on their own blog or website would add to the motivation factor?
As I'm writing this, I am reminded of my JH math class. Back in the 80's, scratch and sniff stickers were all the rage. Our JH math teacher would put these stickers on our papers. Many of us would then transfer the stickers to our notebooks so that our notebooks were covered with stickers. It was a fun way that he found to motivate us and we wanted to show off our stickers. I guess ClassBadges is the 2010's version of smelly stickers!