Teacher Review for Gamestar Mechanic

Versatile gaming program that helps build design and writing skills.

Dianna S.
Academically Gifted Coordinator
Hilburn Academy
Raleigh, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math
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
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
I use Game Star to promote the Engineer Design Process. Students develop an understanding of how developers use iteration to create games that engage the users. It was helpful to allow students to work as part of a team in order for all students to be successful. Students plan out on paper first, which allows them to focus on design elements and processing skills.
My Take
The tool meets many 21st Century skills. It can assist students with engagement. The program does require the teacher to be familiar with basic design techniques, but there are several lesson plans already developed that can assist some that may be hesitant.