Teacher Review for Stencyl

A nice program for students to create games without having to know code.

Kelly B.
Media specialist/librarian
Chaminade College Preparatory High School
West Hills, CA
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
This is SO much better than having the kids create a physical game. They will learn some real-world skills instead of glue stick skills! Would be great as a group project, but I'm not sure how that would work since the program is downloaded to a computer, not cloud-based. But creating a game as a group requires lots of discussion, planning, and wonderful group dynamics.
My Take
Similar in format to Weebly or PowToon (easy, drag & drop, etc.). Lots of tutorials available, both video & screenshot, created by users and the vendor. I don't think you'd be able to use Stencyl with students younger than 7th grade, unless you have a lot of very tech-savvy students who could help others. Creating a basic game is fairly easy, especially if coupled with a tutorial. Techy high schoolers would have few problems, especially if they worked together. There are extremely useful video tutorials, and I had a tutorial on one screen, and the program on the other and just went back & forth mimicking the tutorial.