Teacher Review For Gamestar Mechanic

Engaging game-based digital learning platform that fosters student creativity.

Darren D.
Classroom teacher
Cottonwood Creek Elementary School
Englewood, CO
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 4
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I stumbled across Gamestar Mechanic and was intrigued by the game-based digital learning platform designed to teach basic game design principles. My initial thought was to incorporate the program into my S.T.E.M. club that meets weekly. Considering the program fosters 21st Century skills such as system thinking, problem solving, creativity, collaboration, and digital media literacies it seemed a perfect fit. Students were quickly engaged in the program wanting to complete the quest and solve the different puzzles. Afterwards, students began developing their own games to share with others.
My Take
Overall, Gamestar was an engaging program that is difficult to place in a general curriculum. It seems to find a home as an extension activity or for a before/after school program. Gamestar offers some basic ideas about programming which could easily be reinforced by programs like Scratch.