How I Use It
Bloxels is ideal to teach students the video game design process. The Bloxels Kit includes a square board, colored die cut-outs, a downloadable free app, and an instruction guide book. Although simple in the concept, Bloxels can develop and grow with your students into an intricate and very interactive games. I use Bloxels with my 6th graders in a course called Mobile Device. The final unit allows students to explore and design the video game process. Bloxels is the perfect tool to hand to students and say, "Figure it out." Students learn very quickly that the block colors represent an aspect of the video game design process. Students are encouraged to use the testing feature in the Bloxels application, and they can change their design from trial and error. Not only are students learning from the game design they are also creating characters, backgrounds, hazards, and storylines to move throughout their various worlds. Bloxels is a perfect application for students to build their game world while collaborating with their peers in the process. An Infinity Wall exists where students can post their creations and games to share with others. As I move forward with Bloxels, I'm beginning to challenge my students to extend the game design process into their other classes.
Bloxels is a fantastic tool to extend creation in the classroom. Since we know that students love to game, it's time to start incorporating those features into the curricular content areas. The ease of Bloxels is the main feature that attracted me to use Bloxels in my classroom. The Bloxels team has short video tutorials to help you design and create. The company is very active on social media and is very receptive to ideas and giving teachers guidance and help. As the company grows and develops, I can only foresee bigger and better ideas coming from the project. Although the sets can be a bit pricey, I would encourage you to start with a smaller set of kits and pitch the idea to your administration and PTA /PTO for more funding of the Bloxel kits. It won't take a principal very long to see the engagement of students when they walk into your classroom and see students designing, testing, and sharing ideas with each other.