November 20, 2014
Scratch is one of the best free web tools I would recommend for teachers keen on teaching their students about how to create video games and animations. Scratch is a project designed and provided for free by the MIT Media Lab. It is basically a "a programming language and an online community where children can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world. ". All of these activities require students to practice a host of essential 21st century learning skills such as creative thinking, systematic and logical reasoning and working collaboratively. Students' final products can be shared in online communities for others to interact with, like and favour, and re-share.
Scratch also hosts an online community called ScratchEd where educators and teachers share stories, exchange resources, ask questions and connect with other Scratch users from all around the world. To get started, you might want to have a look at the Starter Projects page to give you some examples of projects your students can work on. These projects are arranged into 6 categories: animations, games, interactive art, music and dance, stories, and video sensing.
Watch the video tutorial below to learn how to create a game.
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