A simulation is a visual representation of a process or concept. Simulations can be interactive, requiring user input. A game is an activity based on rules involving play and user interaction. Games can be competitive.
- Teacher obtains and installs authoring software
- Students create individual accounts to publish and share their inventions.
- Teams brainstorm, plan, design and storyboard an idea.
- Individuals create different elements required in and for the project.
- Project elements are combined into a final product and shared with others.
TOOLS (laptop/desktop software)
- Scratch Software (free, Win/Mac/Linux, from MIT)
- GameSalad (free, ports to iOS, Android & more)
- Platinum Arts Sandbox Free 3D Game Maker (free)
- Trimble SketchUp (free, formerly Google SketchUp)
- Lego Digital Designer (free)
- Sketch Nation Studio (free)
- Hopscotch HD (free, for iPad)
TOOLS (iOS apps)
- HopScotch (free)
- Sketch Nation Create (free)
- Codea ($10 – used to create the Cargo-Bot app)
- Daisy the Dinosaur (free – primary age students, pretty limited)
- Eden ($1 – world builder)
- GamePress (free)
- Make It (free)
- Minecraft Reality iOS app ($2 – use with MinecraftReality)
- MinecraftReality (upload Minecraft creations and place them in specific locations in the real world, use Minecraft Reality iOS app)
- Code.org Flappy Bird
- learn.code.org (First create a teacher account, then create a SECTION for your class, the site will give you an enrollment code for students to use without an email address. Then have your students create accounts using code.org/join using your enrollment code. See this code.org curriculum resource page for an example student handout.)
- Scratch Simulations
- Scratch Games
- Minecraft – San Diego Mission Project (4 min, 13 sec, created by a 4th grader, backstory)
- Jamestown Project – in Minecraft (3 min)
- Sod House Project (3 min, 44 sec)
- Minecraft Used To Reconstruct Historical Settlement (6.5 min, created on iPads!)
- “Good Video Games & Good Learning” (PDF) by James Paul Gee
- “Don’t Incentivize Games And Play in The Classroom” by Lucas Gillispie @lucasgillispie
- “6 Steps to Successfully Integrate Minecraft in Your Classroom” by Zack Gilbert @edgamer
- Minecraft Novels by 14 year old (in 2014) Sean Fay Wolfe
- Create a Video Game with Scratch (a 9 part “Mentor Mob” tutorial)
- How to Embed a Scratch Project on a Google Site Page (2.5 min)
- LearnScratch.org videos (organized into 4 video courses with 32 total lessons)
- BotLogic (educational puzzle game teaching programming logic)
- Coding Symbaloo Gallery by Shannon M Miller
- Code.org Tutorials – Hour of Code Tutorials
- Code Academy
- The Elsewhen Brainery (free coding classes)
See these April 2012 posts by Wesley Fryer for more information about GameSalad:
- Why Every Teacher Should Become an App Creator by Chris Thompson
- Hands-on Introduction to Mobile Learning App/Game Creation for Non-Programmers
More info and curriculum suggestions about Scratch are available on the Scratch Camp Wiki.