Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Video Games and Essays

Earlier this week Kevin Hodgson wrote a short blog post about a project that he is doing with his sixth grade students. In the project the students have to include a media component in their environmental essays. I encourage you to read Kevin's post here. I picked up two things from Kevin's post. First, I learned about Gamestar Mechanic which is an online tool for creating games. Second, and perhaps more importantly, is the idea of using the text of a game design to reflect a position. I think if you read Kevin's post and the directions for the game he built, you'll see the position he's reflecting.

Gamestar Mechanic can be used to create simple online video games without coding. There is a free plan and there are premium plans. The games that you create can be embedded into your blog or website. Try Kevin's game here or in his blog post.