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Great for reward type game time
How I Use It
As reward time when all other work is finished.
Coaster Crafter at first seemed really cool.
It offers a very simple and straightforward registration process, and you must register if you want to save your game as you play.
It appears there will be a lot of game based learning going on.
Student tested this site/game for me but this reviewer also tested the game play.
The initial instructions were fairly clear and student’s quickly found that if they did not read or listen to all instructions they struggled more with making progress in the game.
The idea of the game is to build coaster in an increasingly difficult sequence, applying strategy and elements of physics.
Pedagogically speaking, you learn simple, basic concepts and continue to build on that learned knowledge as you go.
While the engagement level was high, students (grade 7) questioned the behavior and primarily dress of the characters helping you through the game.
They were a bit put-off by some of the outfits, citing they didn’t really feel it was appropriate for young children.
When it was pointed out the people/characters were amusement park workers, the students still felt it was inappropriate.
Some students made it quite far in the levels and did enjoy the game.
They will most likely continue playing.
They were not as engaged as they feel in other video-type games
Students did say there was too much “lesson” and not enough playing.
I tend to agree.
But that does not mean they won’t learn.
There seems to be a well thought out plan for learning, but that might take more patience and perseverance than my 7th graders were willing to put in on it for the learning.
They will continue to play but at their leisure.