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Video Games in the classroom can be used for/to learn

Programming Animation/Digital StorytellingDigital ArtProject ManagementStoryboarding(Interested in Gamification? Here's a nice LiveBinder collected by the Level Up Book Club)

Here are my top picks for 2012:


edit 3/1/2014: now called "GameMaker Studio", check out the official "Learn" page that colleague Steve Isaacs and I are contributing to:

(This is the one I use most in my classes. drag-n-drop, extensive customization, possible intro to programming concepts. LOTS of video tutorials on schooltube + youtube)

GameStar Mechanic 

(for Elementary to Middle School. Built for the classroom. Plays like an adventure game where you earn new game-building abilities/characters as you play through the storyline.


(3D games, drag-n-drop, games can be played on Xbox 360 or PC)

There are others that are built specifically to learn the concepts of programming while building games at the same time:


(build games, animations, etc.)


(build animations)

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It doesn't take a complete game-based curriculum platform like Boise State University's GameLab to integrate what game designers have already discovered as an efficient set of game-like learning methods. In most any classroom, a teacher could try this strategy:

If you have a limited resource, such as computers or mobile devices, try creating a group of 4 quests that once completed, earns the student a new "title". Place the new title either by their name on a display board. Those students with the title earn a bonus such as more time with a resource, or are the only ones permitted to use a special item during class time.
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A good first year at PG.
Goals met:
Found the Tech ClubProfit >$500Create first client's website Win a Grant$2000 eTech Ohio video podcastingEstablish new curriculum5th grade keyboarding using typingweb.com6th grade fundamentals in image editing, Microsoft Office products, and file management7th grade - part II of 6th grade curriculum, but packed into 1/2 year.HS 21st Century Tech - Communication Tools: Visual communication in print, web, video, and web 2.0 toolsHS 21st Century Tech - Productivity Tools: Power using Microsoft Office, making an average user a proficient, tech-savvy, computer problem solving, daily tech user.Goals NOT met:
Train students as advanced video-editors to take the bulk of the editing work in video projects for $$$ with local businesses.Field Trip to Quicken Loans Arena Tech DayPartner with community college to offer dual enrollment credits Offer Microsoft / Adobe certification training.
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Link to Recording

This school in Florida has Adobe Certified Experts (ACE) that teach students Adobe products (Photoshop, Flash, InDesign, After Effects, etc.) to the level that students have the opportunity to take the Adobe Certified Associate Exam.They then have college credit and are employable right out of school...

Teachers are ACA or ACE certifiedStudents can take the Adobe exams at schoolCheaper Adobe Suite site licenses Student drop out rates fall while gpa's rise accrossed ALL curriculums
Listen to the recording (uses Adobe Connect Pro Meeting):
Link to Recording
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