Programming and Game Making
Students have been introduced to programming and game making at various levels.
Younger students have been using Bee Bots to program a robot to follow commands. This has been particularly good for numeracy activities, logical thinking and problem solving.
Older students have been working with Lego Robotics kits to create robots that move when the correct program has been inputted. This has been helpful for improving their design technology skills and also critical thinking through the Lego programming software.
Concord School has been involved in a DEECD pilot study using Microsoft’s Xbox game programming. This has been particularly successful. Students were each given an Xbox controller to program their own computer games. Kodu not only improved students’ creative and critical thinking but also increased their motivation to learn and improved persistence and problem-solving.
Students have worked on Scratch to produce their own computer games.