Sunday, September 10

Kids Creating Games





Over the last few months I have been sorting and sifting through software in the hope of finding some tools that primary age children could use to create games.
The kids and I have had a ball!!! Alice and Quia - two very different applications have proved popular.
Quia is an online activity and quiz generator that allows you to create anything from a hangman activity to a ‘Who wants to me a Millionaire' quiz show. Download the free 30day trial from

http://www.quia.com/
We used QUIA to create games about pests and predators. The questions the children devised for their games were very telling in terms of their depth of understanding.

Alice – is a programming environment that allows students to create animated movies and simple video games. Students control the behaviors of 3D objects and characters in a virtual world. This software is free, user-friendly and suitable for students from 8 +. Download from: http://www.alice.org/
We made use of this tool to retell legends and later to create interactive sun-smart games.

1 comment:

Artichoke said...

Thanks Rocky - will pass on the link to this post to cluster teachers in activ@eden and Waikowhai cluster.

Think that nurturing student gaming might well be a way to build creativity and then innovation - you should share some of your experiences on the innovation page of the ULearn06 wiki