In tech class this past week the students have been making their own games on this awesome site called Scratch (read more about Scratch for Educators here). It actually is a website hosted by MIT that allows you to write your own scripts/codes for different games, projects, animations, videos, and much more! You can create your own account, save your work, and explore other projects that others have created. What's really cool is that you can "look inside" everyone else's project to see their script and codes they used to make their project, game, etc... work! And the best part: it's free!
I really can't speak highly enough about this site: it really is a super cool game-making (or basically any web-based project you want to do which has you coding everything you want it to do manually) site that teaches you as you are building. It has a very easy user-interface, and a really nice help feature to do everything from a basic overview of how to use it to in-game help when you're stuck with your script.
I created the how-to video below to help my students get started, and then the rest has been on them! The coolest part is that the students have become the teachers (because I'm by no means an expert on this site) and they're the ones volunteering to help their peers when they have a question about their game or how to use Scratch (which is probably the coolest thing to see as a teacher!).
Today the students shared the games they've been working on this past week, and once again, I was super impressed with how they turned out!
Check out the links below to play the games my students created! I hope you'll be as impressed as I am!