February 12, 2016
Below are two excellent web tools teachers can use with students to create educational video games. These tools are very simple to use and do not require any software download. You also don’t need any coding skills to operate them. We invite you to check them out and share with us your feedback. Enjoy
1- Pixel Press
Pixel Press is an excellent application that enables you to draw your own video games. Teachers can create educational video games to use in class without the need for any coding skills. The process is very simple: use pen and paper to draw your game, take a picture of it via your iPad’s camera and Pixel Press does the rest and bring your game to life. You can either create on paper with ‘Draw-on-Paper’ and take a picture of it or use ‘Draw-in-App’ to directly draw on screen. When your game is created, you can then share it with the entire community in the ‘Arcade’.
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.