Sneaking learning into playtime and parties Volume 2: Let’s Make a Videogame

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Gamification of nearly everything is spreading like a wildfire.  From more practical approaches like educational games Hacked (remember math blaster?), to sneakers, to marketing campaigns – it’s everywhere.  Not without good reason, however.  It’s an approach that has been tried and tested time and again: learning is easiest when it comes in a fun, emotionally rewarding, and interactive package.  I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that your child has been exposed to video games (in some form), so why not capitalize on it?

Kodu lets kids create games on the PC and Xbox 360 via a simple visual programming language.  Kodu can be used to teach cheap jerseys from China creativity, problem solving, storytelling, as well as programming.  Anyone can use Kodu to make a game, young children as well as adults with no design or programming skills.  This is an adorable platform that truly appeals to both genders and many interests.  To artists, nature lovers, action enthusiasts, young mathematicians, writers, and more – an adventure of your own design awaits!  We have used it to teach students in past workshops, wholesale jerseys and has been an absolute hit.  Be careful, though – you might get hooked on it, too! (Seriously, I found myself inadvertently building my Beginnings world for hours on end, because it’s so engaging…)

It is free, safe, has a very supportive community, wholesale jerseys does not require an internet connection after installation, and has an option learning to share your creation with others.  You can download it from the Kodu website, which also offers a robust collection of lessons, demos, and other resources that can help fine-tune your skills and provide inspiration for Композиции your next project.

What we’re making this week

A Simple Underwater Adventure Game

The following walk-through is material from the Kodu Curriculum that has been adapted for home-instruction use, and supplemented by simple activities that have been used to Motion teach students in past Thumble workshops.  This tutorial will teach your budding game developer about the concepts of story plotting, computational thinking, and show them how to use and navigate Kodu on a basic level.  No technical knowledge or programming background is necessary, this is a perfect opportunity for you to learn together!  Be prepared to spend at least an hour working through this, but don’t be surprised if you end up playing all afternoon 🙂

Activity worksheets from the original pour lessons are included below the slideshow.  Best suited for ages 8+, however younger learners can still enjoy painting and modifying the terrain of existing worlds.  Ready to jump right in instead? forts?tter You’ll find everything you need right here.

Have fun!

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Download the presentation with clickable links

Student Activity Worksheets:

Note: If you can avoid having other programs open while running Kodu, it will increase the performance.

Credit to Band KoduGameLab.com for providing some of the material used in this post.

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