Teacher Review For Gamestar Mechanic

Engagement and Creativity Without Limits

Rick J.
Classroom teacher
Birmingham Covington School
Bloomfield Hills, MI
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My Grades 5, 6
My Subjects English Language Arts, Social Studies
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 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I have used Gamestar Mechanic to enable my students to create their own video games to teach their peers about energy reduction and sustainability. Students worked in pairs, which enabled them to support each other and generate more creative ideas. The challenge is inserting meaningful content that transcends mere game-play and actually teaches concepts.
My Take
Gamestar Mechanic has completely captivated my students. They love the ease-of-use that comes with the templates. It is extremely engaging and very exciting. The students love the ability to create something that can be so easily shared with the online community. The challenge is to make sure that if the students are creating content-area games, that the games contain constructive, meaningful information.