Teacher Review For Gamestar Mechanic

Cool Interactive Learning and Coding

Audra B.
Technology coordinator
Wheatley School
Old Westbury, NY
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
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
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
Special needs
How I Use It
I spend my days teaching coding with SCRATCH - this product is a great "adjunct" tool to leave for subs when I am absent. It is self-paced and self-monitoring. The kids love the idea of winning levels, and learning to build a game at the same time. I wouldn't use it to "teach" coding" per se, but it is an excellent "side" to have available for those "what do I do when I'm done" moments.
My Take
I think that this is a beautifully rendered and thought out piece of software. I love that my students like it and WANT to use it. I also love that it helps them with critical thinking skills and it helps them adjust their thinking about other types of Coding.