This is a concise article on simulations, games, and gamification. A good overview of the key ideas. What would you add or modify to provide greater depth or how to's?
What’s the Difference Between Games and Gamification?
"..the best way to think about games in education is not to automatically call everything that looks like fun a “learning game.” Lumping all digital game approaches together makes no more sense than a toddler’s inclination to call every four-legged animal a “doggie.”
Game interest is definitely on the upswing in K-12 and higher education. It seems almost cyclical: every several years, almost in sync with the acceptance of new technologies (such as multimedia CD-ROM, then online, then mobile), there’s a surge of activity with games in education."