Check out the more detailed technical requirements here. Please contact us about a trial to see if GameSalad fits your young learners. You can join one of your own classes. Assign yourself the CS. Or, review this fast-paced teacher-facing recording. In it, our wonderful trainer Braydon builds the first game just as the students would.

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Check out the more detailed technical requirements here. Please contact us about a trial to see if GameSalad fits your young learners. You can join one of your own classes. Assign yourself the CS. Or, review this fast-paced teacher-facing recording. In it, our wonderful trainer Braydon builds the first game just as the students would.

Pause, rewind, and repeat to fit your learning style. Students access a world of possibility where their own ideas can come to life, by writing instructions in order to achieve the desired game effects. In other words, the platform allows rules, actors and behaviors to be added into the program freely.

The game-building tutorials show students exactly how to create the specified project. Often, there could be several ways to achieve the desired programming result, some more complex than others. All students can be successful, engaged, motivated, and challenged. Students are invited to build the games as specified, no additional programming is required.

Even when following the tutorial, there is room to customize the look and function of your game and make it your own. Students are also welcome to go beyond the scope of the tutorial, creating additional levels, increasing the complexity of the rules, adding actors and behaviors, etc. Some students may even be ready to create their own original capstone game LINK from scratch.

In addition, students are welcome to try adding additional elements to the games they are building. This is where GameSalad shines, because students are not limited to the exact programming in the tutorial.

Students can easily import their own graphics and sounds, though images and sounds are already provided within the templates for each game. You can help them find free assets online that are appropriate for classroom use. Below is a suggested sequence for approaching the curriculum. Also consider the following: Are State Standards part of your focus?

Is Interactive teaching valuable to your students? The Lesson Plans are full of classroom activities. Is Game Design your primary learning objective? The Tutorials will give your students a foundation on which to spend time creating original games or components within the provided games.

Image and sound assets are easily imported into the platform. Customization of the tutorials, extra levels, and completely original games are all ways to utilize the editor. GameSalad includes two versions of the unit, one for younger students CS. A and one for older students CS. Choose which is most appropriate for your class. Why Computer Science? Students will explore components of computer and technology use.

You can choose where to place this lesson in the curriculum. It comes with a completed game, and the students lay out a new level for the game.

You can choose whether to complete this unit together as a class. This may be a good option for younger learners, with the teacher reading the tutorial and explaining the platform components to the class. Generally students excel when completing units at their own pace. Monster Maze and most of the other tutorials include videos, as well as written instructions, that allow different types of learners to absorb the material.

We list the units in order of increasing complexity, but the units you do after the students have been introduced to the platform can vary based on many factors i. A student that has completed Monster Maze CS. Refer to the lesson plan for this unit for more details. Previewing is done by clicking the green play button in the top right corner of the Creator interface. Some common programming errors will show a red warning message to give a heads up to the student as they code, but due to the open-ended nature of the interface, other errors will only reveal themselves upon reviewing the code, or Previewing the game.

Previewing often will limit debugging to the last section of code written. In other words, if your game works correctly as intended when you Preview and play it to test its functions, you can move on to the next piece of code. Beginning students should Preview very often. For example, students should attempt to walk through the walls they have just built in Monster Maze, move their actors as intended and test other elements of the scene, in order to try and "break" the game.

If the platform is having trouble loading the preview, there is likely an issue with the logic that has been written. When this happens, students need to debug their project to find the issue. Debugging Help students "think like a programmer". Game development is an iterative process, which means that after every change you make, you should test your changes, then modify the game again until it looks and acts the way you want.

Students need to use the iterative process as they build, even when following the tutorials. Start by turning Off the most recent rule you added, then preview.

If the game is then working correctly, the problem is located in the rule you just turned Off. Contact us! Because the platform auto-saves , this becomes quite easy to do. To collaborate on a project follow these steps. Choose one student to create the project in their account. The project will always live in that students GameSalad account.

Rename the project to something unique that all the students in the group will remember. Have the student who created the project share the project link with the other students. All students navigate to this link on their own computers and begin working.

The project will auto-save in the original students GameSalad account. For example they can each work on different actors, different levels, or whatever works best for that collaboration. About Us GameSalad is the revolutionary game development platform that allows anyone to create the game of their dreams with a sophisticated visual programming interface.

Launched in , GameSalad has been used by over one million aspiring game developers and has powered over 75 games that reached the top in the App Store, including multiple 1 games.


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