Teacher Review For Gamestar Mechanic

Fun and engaging introduction to Game Design and design thinking.

Steve I.
Classroom teacher
William Annin Middle School (Basking Ridge, NJ)
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My Grades 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects Arts
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
General
Low literacy
How I Use It
My 7th graders use Gamestar Mechanic for our Game Design and Digital Storytelling unit. They start by playing through the Quests. Next, they write a comprehensive design document including the story for their game, character descriptions, level descriptions, design elements, etc. Finally, they create their game with built in checkpoints for iteration based on peer review and revision. Kids love it!
My Take
Gamestar Mechanic provides a great introduction to design thinking and Game Design. Students play through missions to experience game design elements and apply them as they fix broken games and create their own games.