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Gamestar Mechanic

Gamestar Mechanic
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Kid-Friendly Programming Languages Please ensure you have JavaScript enabled in your browser. If you leave JavaScript disabled, you will only access a portion of the content we are providing. <a href="/science-fair-projects/javascript_help.php">Here's how.</a> With the right tools, anyone (even beginners who have never programmed anything before) can easily create their own animations, stories, video games, and other interactive programs. The key is finding the right programming language for your task and your level of experience. Not sure how to turn a love of games or programming into a science project? Teachers, parents, and other educators interested in using video games and animations for educational purposes can find more useful tips in the Resources for STEM Education Through Video Game and Animation Creation.

Gamestar Mechanic: Gamification Made Easy Children in the 21st century experience media in ways that are vastly different from any previous generation. Social networking, user-created content and video games provide a level of interactivity that was unthinkable a generation ago. As a result, educators are rethinking educational practices that have long been taken for granted. Many have come to the conclusion that the answers they're looking for lie in making video game design a central part of the curriculum. Proponents of game design in the classroom say that it promotes students' systems thinking, problem solving and critical analysis skills. VIDEO: Learning STEM Skills by Designing Video Games (Time: 06:40) Immersive Teaching Gamestar Mechanic is a one-stop solution for teachers who see the potential of game design being included in their classroom, but may not know where to begin. Students' first experience upon signing up for an account is an interactive tutorial. Screenshot from Gamestar Tutorial Gamification

PowToon : Create Animated Presentations Online Minecraft Modding Classes - ThoughtSTEM Beneath the world of Minecraft is an equally fascinating world of hardware and software -- built upon 150 years of computer science history. This class introduces students to this new world by exploring client/server architectures, network security, operating systems, and computer programming. To explore this world, students will be guided in setting up Minecraft servers and building Minecraft mods – while also being taught key computer science principles. The class is taught in a project-based style – with minimal lectures – making it both fun and educational. A talk by ThoughtSTEM's CEO.

Line Lab - The Department of Advertising and Graphic Design Project: Line LabProject Team: Julia Hoffmann (creative direction), H.Y. Ingrid Chou (art direction), Samuel Sherman (design), Althea Penza (production) Photos: Michael Naegle Other Lab's: Material Lab, Shape Lab Getting Started | Activate Games Are you interested in becoming a game designer? Just want to see what it's all about? OK, let's make some games! Do you have a Windows-compatible PC? There some differences between Mac and PC in menu layouts so be aware that currently Activate! This will let you share the games you make as well as keep track of your progress on the Activate! Challenges are the heart of Activate!.

Games to Teach Financial Literacy Financial Literacy Month is April -- just around the corner -- and it's never too early to prepare. Personally, I believe this is a great opportunity to use games in an intentional way to teach students financial literacy skills. Games can be used as a "hook" or anchor activity, as well an instructional activity that is revisited throughout a unit of instruction. A game can help scaffold the learning of important content as well as providing context for application of content. Fellow Edutopia member Brian Page (on Twitter @FinEdChat) has long been an advocate for financial literacy education and innovative ways for students to engage in it. Bite Club In Bite Club, players manage a "day club" for vampires. Save for retirementPay down debtManage current consumption Brian says, "I prefer Bite Club as a game-based learning day alternative, and as an anchor activity. Gen i Revolution "I believe Gen i Revolution is best for middle school students," Brian tells us. Financial Football

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