Caleb Gentry, Teacher/Educational Content Creator, Sequim Middle SchoolK12
In this 90-minute interactive workshop, attendees will discuss some of the current tools available to beginning game designers/publishers. Participants will evaluate these tools in more detail.
Users will need a Windows laptop with and internet connection to participate in the hands-on component of the experience. The software is free and installs on demand. Pre-installation is recommended for the following software-
Microsoft Kodu- https://www.kodugamelab.com/
RPG Maker (VX Free Trial)- https://www.rpgmakerweb.com/free-trials
ClickTeam Fusion 2.5- https://www.clickteam.com/clickteam-fusion-2-5-free-edition
Paid Software (If interested)
Portal 2 (Steam Prices Vary)- https://store.steampowered.com/app/620/Portal_2/
No programming experience is required, just an open mind and a willingness to participate in serious play.
After exploring the capabilities of the software, the group will discuss ways that it could be used in education or other fields. Participants with experience developing learning projects will share what they have learned (pitfalls and success stories).
Possible topics can include designing units for game design courses, passion projects, after school clubs, summer camps. We will consider the benefits of game-based hands-on learning in education today. Attendees will then break intro interest groups allowing for networking opportunities and a chance to share their thoughts in small groups.
Opportunities to share recommendations on other game design software will also be provided.
Attendees will be provided with links to online resources and networking with other participants.