How I Use It
The possibilities are endless! My students have been challenged to apply a concept learned in science, math or history and create a game about it. We have also enjoyed expressing something they are passionate about and turning it into a game. As a Instructional technology teacher I have enjoyed facilitating the learning of GameStar Mechanic for students to increase their brain power and be able to apply their knowledge throughout the curriculum when they need to show their learning of a concept or lesson. Some of my favorite lessons created by students are a lesson in the difference in the lives of a homeless and non-homeless girl and another about the life of a gazelle in the wild. I think one of the students biggest take aways is be articulate about giving instructions and being sure to cover all the bases in constructing gameplay. They have foun dit is not alwsy as easy as one thinks!
Teaching students to become critical thinkers and looking at how the little parts can create differences in a whole project, while also letting their creativity bloom is just one of the many skills students learn through GameStar Mechanic. Gamestar makes this learning exciting and enjoyable through the construction of video games and video game design. Students can gain game components by enjoying playing the challenge lessons at their own pace. This adds to their arsenal of tools and gives them greater variety in creating better video games. Students also learn the importance of communication through the ability to comment on others games internally and with others across the globe. Teachers have the ability to create project assignments and comment directly to the students which is valuable as well. This is one 21st century learning adventure that I have not found any flaws! Every school should attempt to implement this in some way with students!