Teacher Review for Stencyl

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

Kelly B.
Media specialist/librarian
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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.