Teacher Review for Kodu Game Lab

Fun Programming, Lots of Distractions

Chris V.
Classroom teacher
St. Dominic school edmonton alberta
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I used it to begin to look at programming but quickly found that students were very off task and lost in the process so I adapted it for use/development for when students were finished other tasks. The nice thing about making it 'enrichment' is that it motivates students to get their tasks complete so they have some time with Kodu. I also found that many of my students began working on it at home, where they could spend wayy more uninterrupted time developing.
My Take
Super motivating for students and the fact that they get to use an x-box controller in class is even more incentive. Students seem to catch on really quickly to the concepts and enjoy creating. I have found that students can sometimes get lost quickly and are distracted easily in the process. I like the idea of teaching programming through creation tools and this should fit the bill, however I don't think students can afford as much time as it takes to create something (our curriculum is just too large to support it).