Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Celebrating Digital Learning Day with Video Game Design

5th grade enrichment students at Brock's Gap Intermediate have been participating in a video game design unit using the app Pixel Press FloorsStudents have walked through the engineering design process (Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, Test) and created games for a specific audience. During the process, students interviewed peers in their identified audience to find out what elements they preferred in a video game.

Students then honed their skills in accuracy and precision while drawing out the three levels of their game on special gaming graph paper. They used an iPad to "capture" their drawn game, and edited the game using the design elements in the Pixel Press app. After students had designed and edited their own games, they participated in a beta testing session among classmates to provide each other with feedback about their games. Students will use this feedback to make further adjustments to their games before publishing them in the Pixel Press Arcade for kids all over the world to play!

Emily Waymire and Jo Michoudet are the enrichment teachers at Brock's Gap Intermediate.


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