Teacher Review for Bloxels: Build, Play, & Share Your Own Video Games

Learning Outside the "Blox"

Michael L.
Technology Integration Specialist
Laura Dearing Elementary School
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, English-Language Learning, Health & Wellness
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
Bloxels is INCREDIBLE. Though designed for video game creation, it's a pretty malleable tool in a classroom once you start ideating. Need to illustrate the differences between a quadrilateral and an octagon with kinders? Use Bloxels. Need a graphing performance assessment for fifth graders? Use Bloxels. Researching famous sky drivers and need to present their work? Use Bloxels. In the few months we've been using the product, we have just started to scratch the surface of this amazing tool and look forward to another school year to implement Bloxels even more.
My Take
Great product. It's a blank slate for the imagination of both teacher and student. Every student (K-5) uses the product at our school and engagement is OFF THE CHARTS. It can be integrated into any subject area and any source material. Even if you don't buy a classroom set of boards, the app can be used dynamically. How can it serve kids? Your writing block now has an even greater purpose when one of your students can create a non-fiction story about "The Stinky Sock that Ruled the World" and another can research Marie Curie, but both can create games that illustrate their work to share with others. Students will stretch their minds in order to ideate ways to integrate Bloxels into activities. I'm all for any tool on the market that allows students to own their learning and Bloxels does a great job with that.