We all know how much kids love games. But do you know how much games can impact learning?
Both game playing and game making are proven to build STEM skills and 21st-century learning essential for success (and careers) in today’s connected world. Games motivate students by making content relevant, immersive and compelling. Games require kids to think strategically and solve complex problems, “fail fast” and collaborate across disciplines. And perhaps most importantly, games help teachers make learning irresistible!
Use the resources below to learn more about the power of games for learning, teaching game design, and how you can use games and game making in your classroom or at home.
There are so many great game making platforms that students can use to design games for the Challenge. Here is a short list of recommended platforms that we encourage you to explore with your students! Each has a robust community for educators with lots of great resources, lesson plans and more!
ScratchEd: An online community for Scratch educators to share stories, exchange resources, ask questions, find people, and discover events. Check-out Google CS First for recommended curriculum, lesson plans, projects, instructional videos and everything else you need to learn how to teach with Scratch.
Minecraft: Education Edition: A game-based learning platform that promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving in an immersive digital environment. Access hundreds of lesson plans, take a free introductory course for educators, join the download this remote learning toolkit and connect with other teachers on the educator community hub.
Roblox: Roblox is an entertainment platform and educational tool with limitless opportunities to discover, create and collaborate. The platform provides a free development tool for students and easy to implement curriculum. To get started, set-up your Roblox classroom, explore free resources (like this Intro to Game Design lesson plan) and learn how to teach remotely with Roblox.
Adaptable to any age or subject, CoSpaces Edu lets kids build their own 3D creations, animate them with code and explore them in Virtual or Augmented Reality. Creating with CoSpaces Edu develops digital literacy and 21st-Century learning skills such as collaboration and coding, which prepare kids for their future while empowering them to become creators. Learn how to get started with our CoSpaces Curriculum!
CS Educator Resources: A catalog of highly recommended computer science teacher resources (professional development and associated curricula) for K-12 educators. [Computer Science Teacher Association]
Digital Promise’s Online Learning Resources: Intended for educators, this library of online learning resources can be filtered by type, grade and subject; all content is free and meets student privacy criteria.
Girls Level Up: A documentary project sponsored by Facebook’s ‘Women in Gaming’ initiative and with a mission to inspire girls to become game creators; features a series of videos titled ‘Ask the Developer’ in which girls pose questions about the art and craft of making video games to prominent female game designers. [Artifact Studios]