Here is an interesting article from BBC news:
It is about a teacher who used a video game to engage his students into handing in assignments and paying more attention in his classes. He has made up a “game” related to World of Warcraft which allows the students to gain points in class if they hand in assignments on time, show good behaviour, helping others with homework, and doing well on exams. He also has given the students incentives if they reach a certain level of the game, such as allowing eight extra minutes to finish an exam. There are also penalties to the game if a student misses handing in an assignment. I think that this sort of idea could be beneficial in the class to be motivated and engaged to learn and hand in assignments. It also allows the students to be on a team and if the team has a penalty, the students learn to work hard as a team and play a role on the team. There is proof that it motivates the students and engages them in a way that some would never think that it could.