A simulation is a visual representation of a process or concept. Simulations can be interactive, requiring user input. A game is an activity based on rules involving play and user interaction. Games can be competitive.
- Teacher obtains and installs authoring software
- Students create individual accounts to publish and share their inventions.
- Teams brainstorm, plan, design and storyboard an idea.
- Individuals create different elements required in and for the project.
- Project elements are combined into a final product and shared with others.
- Scratch Software (free, Win/Mac/Linux, from MIT)
- GameSalad (free, ports to iOS, Android & more)
- Platinum Arts Sandbox Free 3D Game Maker (free)
- Trimble SketchUp (free, formerly Google SketchUp)
- Lego Digital Designer (free)
- Sketch Nation Studio (free)
- Hopscotch HD (free, for iPad)
- Scratch Simulations
- Scratch Games
- Create a Video Game with Scratch (a 9 part “Mentor Mob” tutorial)
- How to Embed a Scratch Project on a Google Site Page (2.5 min)
- LearnScratch.org videos (organized into 4 video courses with 32 total lessons)
See these April 2012 posts by Wesley Fryer for more information about GameSalad:
- Why Every Teacher Should Become an App Creator by Chris Thompson
- Hands-on Introduction to Mobile Learning App/Game Creation for Non-Programmers