Sketch Nation is a free service that students can use to create their own simple video games.
Through the Sketch Nation platform students can develop their own games by selecting a game template then customizing it to their preferences. To develop their customized games students draw backgrounds and characters. Alternatively, students can import pictures to use as backgrounds and characters. In the advanced editor students can customize the actions within a game.
Sketch Nation works on iPads, on Android tablets, and in any modern web browser on your laptop.
Applications for Education
Sketch Nation isn't as robust as platforms like Scratch, but it does provide students with a nice introduction to some of the concepts of programming and game design. Click here for examples of teachers using Sketch Nation in their classrooms.
Thanks to David Kapuler for sharing Sketch Nation.