We can see articles about games in education and research news about gamification engineering.Implementation examples all over the internet sites from lifehacker , yahoo to blogs and newsletters.
There is awesome course about advanced gamification theory at coursera from scientists.There was super innovative conference into karlsruhe and a lot of other resources.
And of course awesome solutions and frameworks already developed for different platforms into healthcare, marketing,recruiting and hr areas by well know industry leading companies such as amazon, nike, zappos, salesforce,zynga,linkedin,yelp.
However there are different types of gamification implementations I noticed:
White type is solving users problems as result, wrong type of is used by enterprises to make you do what boss wants, and grey type that trying to implement win-win strategy.
Which types of gamifications do you see ?
iPad Pomodoro timersThe following is a list of Pomodoro timer applications for iPad available in the Apple iTunes app store:
|Name||iTunes link||Developer Website||Description|
|Concentrate! timer||itunes concentrate! link||http://shimsite.com/||A sleek, general purpose timer that can be also be used for Pomodoro practice|
|Untime||itunes link||http://perceptor.nl/||A simple, all-purpose timer without Break capability|
|Egg Timer & Stopwatch||egg-timer-stopwatch on itunes||http://tod.fm/||An egg timer and stopwatch from a specialty software clock designer|
|Hocus Focus||itunes link to hocus-focus||vendor website||A feature-heavy task management tool/Pomodoro timer.|
|Stoplight Clock||itunes stoplight-clock link||not available||A simple, bright-colored timer without Break functionality|
Motivation is the key, and when there is the lack of motivation nothing else can replace it. And the only way to happy and painless completing something is to gain motivation. Gaining motivation is very individual thing, what works for somebody may not work for somebody else.
In most cases motivation problems appears for long term tasks when there is no immediate rewards. And gamification is awesome way to create immediate rewards and gain motivation to do something.
Pomodorium is personal gamification application designed to gamify work, education, workout or any other activity. Currently pomodorium can be installed on personal computer running Windows/Mac OS/Linux. Here is link on Installation instruction page:
Application based on time boxing principle - when working time is being separated into separated time periods . So whole rest process could be shown as 25 minutes work, 5 minutes rest , 25 minutes works , 5 minutes rest and so on. Working periods requires maximum focusing on task and counts only if whole period of time fully completed. Resting periods allows to take a quick break without switching to another task like checking email of web browsing.
Have you tried to gamify work or writing or education before ?
Please share your experience into comments
Since the pomodoro technique is based on time-boxing, it's required to have a timer (usually calculating 25/5 minutes intervals).
ApplicationsA range of software provide timers that differently implement the Pomodoro Technique for computer-based work or work where a computer or smartphone is at hand. Below is an incomplete list featuring some of these timers:
|Pomodorium||Win/Osx/Linux||Timer with Role playing game based on pomodoro technique.|
|30-30||iOS||Task-based time application that can do Pomodori and much more.|
|Eggscellent||OS X / iOS||Exclusively for OS X/iOS, integrates with reminders.|
|Everfocus||iOS||Pomodoro Technique app with flexible focus and break times and different color themes. For iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.|
|Flowkeeper||Win/Linux/OS X||Written in Java, customizable.|
|FocusBooster||Win/OS X/Online||Customizable timer, built in Adobe AIR.|
|Grandfather||Chrome extension||Looks like a kitchen timer. Sounds like a grandfather clock.|
|KanbanFlow||Online||Combines the Pomodoro technique with the Kanban method.|
|myPomodoro||Win/Linux/OS X||Written in Java. Standalone. Implementation of Pomodoro Technique 1.3. Import/Export feature.|
|TeamViz||Win/Osx||Former PomodoroApp , has data-backups and sync features.|
|POmodoro techniqe Windows7 gadget||Windows 7||Neat windows-gadget for Windows 7 operation system.|
|Matomato||Online||Cute animated pomodoro technique timer.|
|KeepForcused||Windows||Pomodoro timer with activity log.|
|Tomato-Timer||Online||Simple and effective online tomato timer|
|Pomodoro-Me||Online||Another online pomodoro technique timer, has desktop notifications.|
|StopWatch Pomodoro timer||Online-Flash||Online timer written in flash|
|Focustimeapp||iOS||Elegant pomodoro technique timer for iphone|