Teacher Review For Pixel Press Floors

Cross Curricular Connections + Engagement

Sarah P.
Teacher Expert - Educational Technology / IT Collaborator
Anchorage School District
Anchorage, AK
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, English Language Learning
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
The education support resources on Pixel Press's site are lean. There are basic lesson plans to get started using Floors, which are very helpful in getting started, but the lessons aren't attached to traditional curricular objectives (math, ELA...). However, there is great cross curricular potential that a creative teacher could utilize. I would encourage teachers to brainstorm a list of math vocabulary (perimeter, area, right angle...) and challenge students to include the math requirements as they design the game using the paper provided from Pixel Press. Once the sketch is complete and scanned into the app, it is time to talk about design elements such as texture, contrast, and size. For an English Language Arts connection, challenge the students to use story elements to write the story of their game.
My Take
On occasion, scanning the drawing into the app doesn't work as expected. I would consider having student sketch on paper and then build the game using the built in editor on the app.