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Changing The Game with Game-Based Learning (Resources)

Presented by Janelle Bence, Rafi Santo, Steve Moore and Kevin Hodgson

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gamification of education

Games and Learning Reading List:

Games and Learning Webinars/Lectures:

Game-Based Learning Communities on the Web:

Portals of Learning/Serious Games:

Game-Design Resources:

  • Game Design Curricula and Resources:

  • Game Design Platforms:

    • Gamestar Mechanic: Level: Beginner +
    • Adventure Game Studio: Adventure Game Studio is a free software development tool that is primarily used to create graphical adventure games. It is aimed at intermediate-level game designers, and combines an Integrated development environment (IDE) for setting up most aspects of the game with a scripting language to process the game logic.       Level: intermediate to advanced
    • Aris: ARIS is a user-friendly, open-source platform for creating and playing mobile games, tours and interactive stories. Using GPS and QR Codes, ARIS players experience a hybrid world of virtual interactive characters, items, and media placed in physical space.                  Level: beginner +
    • Gamemaker: GameMaker is designed to allow its users to easily develop computer games without having to learn a complex programming language such as C++ or Java. GameMaker’s primary development interface uses a drag-and-drop system, allowing users unfamiliar with traditional programming to intuitively create games by visually organizing icons on the screen.    Level: intermediate to advanced
    • Kodu: Kodu is a visual programming language made specifically for creating games. Kodu lets kids create games on the PC and XBox via a simple visual programming language. Kodu can be used to teach creativity, problem solving, storytelling, as well as programming. Kodu for the PC is available to download for free.  Level: intermediate to advanced
    • 7Scenes: 7scenes is a mobile storytelling platform that provides youth with tools to develop location-based tours and games for smartphones. 7scenes is a complete suite with an authoring toolkit, apps for iPhone and Android, a web platform and admin tools.        Level: beginner +
  • Level Design platforms:

    • LittleBigPlanet 1 or 2: LittleBigPlanet is a puzzle platformer video game for Sony PS3 that has a “create” mode that enables anyone to quickly build and customize their own 3D platformer game.  Level: beginner +
    • MinecraftEDU: Minecraft is an online game focused on creativity and building, allowing players to build constructions out of textured cubes in 3D. MinecraftEDU is the collaboration of a small team of educators and programmers from the United States and Finland who are working with Mojang AB of Sweden, the creators of Minecraft, to make the game affordable and accessible to schools everywhere. They have created a suite of tools designed specifically for use in classrooms.  Level: beginner +
    • Portal 2 Puzzle Maker: The Puzzle Maker (also known as Puzzle Creator or Editor) is an in-game puzzle editor for Portal 2 that allows the creation, testing, and publishing (to Steam Workshop) of custom single-player test chambers.  Level: beginner +
    • Super Scribblenauts: Super Scribblenauts is an emergent action puzzle game for the Nintendo DS. The object of the game is to solve puzzles by writing or typing any object within the game’s vocabulary to interact with other parts of the level. The level editor allows the player to create various types of levels such as playgrounds or adventure missions.  Level: beginner +
  • Game Engines:

    • Torque Game Builder: Torque 2D is a powerful and easy to use 2D game engine. With its intuitive and powerful editor, anyone can jump into game creation with little or no prior programming or game development knowledge.  Level: beginner +
    • Unity 3D: Unity 3 is a game development tool that has been designed to let you focus on creating amazing games. Unity consists of both an editor for developing/designing content and a game engine for executing the final product.  Level: intermediate to advanced
    • XNA Game Studio: XNA Game Studio is an integrated development environment (IDE) that includes tools and code development libraries that hobbyists, students and other nonprofessionals can use to create computer games for Microsoft Windows and X-Box 360.  Level: intermediate to advanced

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“Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I will understand.” -------- Chinese Wisdom "Games are the most elevated form of investigation." -------- Albert Einstein
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