Tuesday, May 17, 2016

KODU Game Day at Simmons Middle

7th grade  students in Cindi Morris's Computer Science class hosted their very own "Kodu Game Day" last week as a way to test out and celebrate the games they created with an authentic audience...their teachers!  These students spent several weeks learning the software, planning, designing and building their own individual games in KODU. KODU is a program that allows anyone to create a game using a simple visual programming language. It is a great tool for teaching problem solving, creativity, programming and even storytelling. Best of all, it's FREE and available to anyone with a Windows PC.

Ms. Missildine playing a student's game
while they cheer her on.
So what happened on this Kodu Game Day?
Well, the students invited their teachers to the computer science lab to play their games. While the teachers played the games and tested their video gaming skills against those of 7th graders, the students listened and watched for valuable feedback. Based on the fact that some teachers visited more than once, I think it's safe to say that the students' hard work was enjoyed by everyone involved! Thanks to this project, these 7th graders learned a great deal about digital game design and had the opportunity to use their imaginations and create their very own original video games.

To learn more about KODU, watch this video and visit the KODU Site.
To learn more about this project, click here for Mrs. Morris's Kodu page.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Technology is Cool!

“Technology is cool,” says one second grader in Mrs. Walker’s class at Bluff Park Elementary as their first 3D project is printing.  Using TynkerCad, the class redesigned a pair of glasses to include a clip to hold playing cards as part of a project of making games for the kindergarten classes.  As the students gathered around to see their project print, across the room the second printer is printing game pieces for a board game a student in Mrs. Adams’ second grade classroom designed.  Technology is cool!