I was back in Ludwig’s class last Friday and was in “role” again as Mr Kingdom from EA Games, back in to assess how the games we have commissioned are coming along. The brief was that the students had to create a game using Scratch that will help others to learn about the Treaty of Waitangi.
It is a amazing to watch how the students have settled into their roles and how they can appreciate that each role is a crucial to the overall success of the project. We have created script writers, artists, programmers and de-buggers. Each member of each group has to be one of these roles on a rotational basis, so that they all have the opportunity to play each of the roles as they create their game.
What is amazing is that the level of complexity in programming continues to increase along with the capacity for each group to problem solve, collaborate and move on. I have also introduced the students to Blockly, which is similar looking to the Scratch interface, but will enable them to build apps. This has proven to be a very motivational focus for some of the students. Mr Kingdom will be back in class on the last day of this current term to ascertain how their work is coming along.