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Cross Curricular Connections + Engagement

On occasion, scanning the drawing into the app doesn't work as expected. I would consider having student sketch on paper and then build the game using the built in editor on the app.
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Draw your video game on paper, then play it!

Overall I lie this app. I wouldn't recommend it only because the company came out with a new app called Bloxels which has everything you ever wanted.
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Great potential with some room for improvements. Kids love it!

I absolutely enjoyed using this app and would highly recommend it to other teachers. The ability to send work home with students for technology use without technology was awesome! Many of my students went home and came back the next day with finished designs! In fact, the students that were engaged to this degree were not usually the ones that I typically find most studious! So, in terms of student interest and engagement, I would rate this app a 10. The only real issues that we have had were in the capture of the paper image. As I previously mentioned, the contrast issue in the grid seems like a simple fix for Pixel Press. I would also hope that they can refine the capture quality so that there would be less erroneous marks in the captured image in the future. Aside from the ability to send the papers home with students, the app also has the option of posting the levels to an online database of user-created levels. This is very exciting for the students and adds a nice element to the project since the students can post their levels online and play them from another device at home. The app helps students develop the basic understandings of computer programming in that it shows students how a code is translated to something with meaning by a computer. My students were able to quickly adapt to the app and often times had a working video game level within 10 to 15 minutes. The only other difficulty that I ran into was adaptability. There are some ways that this app and activity can be modified for special needs students such as skipping the drawing portion and going straight to the iPad. It is possible to design the whole level without the paper drawing element. For some students who are unable to neatly draw their design, this is a better option. I also had some students questioning why they could not simply go straight to the iPads as well. Of course, I wanted them to understand the traditional media to digital media transition. However, given the problems that we had with the app interpreting grid lines as design lines, I began to question this precise idea as well. If the software could be improved upon, it would be much easier to draw first, but at this point it is a toss up. Aside from this, my special needs students still struggled due to the small size and the tedious nature of the design process. It would be helpful if there was some way of making this more manageable for them. Some may argue that this is not art, but I would argue that weaving is not art either, it is craft. So, rather than teaching an outdated form of craft, I am choosing to teach a modern, technological craft that implements design and creativity. For this purpose, the Floors app is a terrific addition to my curriculum and I will continue to use it in the future to teach about computer programming and video game design.
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Have students create a video game! Creates a link to share with parents.

You definitely need to tinker with this app ahead of time. There are quirks but the end product is worth the effort. It is the closest thing to designing I video game that I have seen so far. I liked using this in small group and I would give serious thought before I try it with a large class.
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