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
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Practice
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
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.