Learn To Gamify Your Classes Step By Step With This Tutorial

If you’re an educator, you’re likely already familiar with the term gamification.  This method, which has seen a huge boom in popularity, proposes that students learn concepts through games.  It’s clear that gamification is a technique which presents a lot of advantages in entertaining and motivating students, allowing them to acquire knowledge almost without realizing it. It also helps students develop their social relationships and feel more involved with the learning contents presents thanks to the use of interactivity.

If you’re looking to gamify your classes, here is today’s practical example that we hope you’ll like.  It’s a game made with Genially where your students can place each animal seen below in the column it belongs to. It’s simple and fun. They just have to drag and drop each figure where they think it goes, and once they’ve finished the exercise, they can take a screenshot and send it via email to the teacher to check.


If you’ve liked the idea, don’t miss out on this tutorial where we tell you step by step how you can make it happen. Keep in mind that this is an example but the idea can be adapted to many different kinds of contents. Let out your creativity, and create an awesome game for your classes!

Let’s look at how:

  • First, we click on ‘Create’. The type of creation we choose, in this case, doesn’t matter because we’re going to create a genially from scratch, and we can change its dimensions.  Choose ‘Create Genially from scratch’. Once in the Editor, we’ll start by changing the dimensions of the genially canvas to 1250 x 1200. To do this, go to ‘Settings’ (on the toolbar above the Editor) and type in the width and height that you want in the section “Size of Current Page”.


  • Now we’ll divide the genially into six sections, the five columns we want plus a rectangle below them where we’ll add the animals. First, choose a photo for the background. We’ve used one we had saved on our computer. Upload your photo to the Editor in the tab ‘Images’ (found on the left-hand vertical toolbar in the Editor). Once the photo has been uploaded, drag it into view and adjust its size as you like.
  • In this genially, we’ve made the columns out of semi-transparent colored rectangles.  To do this, go to Resources > Shapes (left toolbar) and drag the square into your genially.  There, you can stretch it into a rectangle and copy the shape. Paste it three times so that there are four rectangles in all. Place two rectangles on the right side and two on the left, leaving a gap the size of one rectangle in the middle. Select one rectangle and change its color (upper toolbar).  Then, through the option “Ocapity”, lower the rectangle’s opacity to 20%.  Do this with the other three columns. (The example uses the pattern: blue, green, no layer, blue, green.)
  • Just as we added the last four rectangles, add another one for the part below the columns where the animals will go.
  • Now we need to title each column. Go to Resources > Shapes and drag the shape we want onto the top of the first column. Copy and paste this shape four times so that there are five in total. As always, you can change the shapes’ sizes.  Add a title on top of each shape by dragging text from the Text tab on the left toolbar.

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  • Upload photos of animals (using the tab ‘Images’). If you don’t have photos of your own, look for them online.  Search for images with the format PNG with a transparent background.  You can upload them just as you uploaded the background, or you can copy each of their URLs into the space “Upload images from internet”. Here’s one good website for these kinds of images. Change the images’ sizes so that they fit within their column.


  • So that the people who access your genially know what to do, add an info button (Interactivity > Actions), dragging it onto your creation. Select the botton and click on the symbol of the hand that appears (symbolizing interactivity).  Then write a short text with the directions in the space provided under the tab “Tooltip” and click Save. Now, when your students pass their mouse over the info button, they’ll see the following text:”Drag each animal to its correct column, and send me a screenshot when you’re done.”


  • Now we’ll block all the elements that we don’t want people to be able to move when they access the genially: the background, columns, titles, info button… everything except for the animals.  In order to block an element, select it and click on the button with an image of a closed padlock thatyou find on the upper toolbar. Finally, activate “drag mode” by going to ‘Settings’, so that students will be able to move the animals.  To access this mode, you’ll need a PRO or higher license . Under Settings, mark the box titled “enable drag your items in view mode”.


That’s all!  Once finished, you can share the creation on your social media sites using the direct or social link/URL.  Choose the option that works best for you!

We hope you’ve liked this tutorial and most importantly, that it’s useful for you when you create teaching materials to gamify your classes. We’d love for you to share your creations with us, and as always, that you reach out to us with any questions by commenting on this post or by emailing us at support@genial.ly 😉

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