Information For Teachers
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Over the past years Game Maker is being used more and more for educational purposes, as a vehicle to teach students about programming, technology, and of course game design itself. The activities range from technology summer camps (see for example the Childrens Technology Workshop) and elementary schools, to highschools and universities (for example the course on Game design at Utrecht University). On this page you find information and links that are useful for educators. If you created your own material based on Game Maker and want to share it, indicate a tone detox weight loss pill useful announcement, or want to express your opinion about this topic, please add your own pages to this Wiki and link them from here or other sources.
Clearly the various tutorials that can be found on the Tutorial Page can be used as material for classroom use. Here you find some additional material.
First course for children age 11-13 (in Dutch) - This site contains a first introduction to Game Maker for children of age 11-13, written by Ben Buitenhuis. Very clearly done. (in Dutch) GameMakerKinderen.doc and www.makeagame.nl.
Course materials for secondary and primary - This site contains tutorials, demonstrations and challenges written by Tony Forster, Bill Kerr and Al Upton who are all using Game Maker in Australian schools. http://beam.to/billkerr
Game design course lecture notes - Here you can find information about the course about game design taught at Utrecht University, including a complete set of lecture notes. Note that this is an advanced course. http://www.cs.uu.nl/docs/vakken/gds/
Game Maker guide for highschool students - This guide, that includes videos of the basic steps, was written by Margaret Meijers (Taroona High School). http://ictmindtools.net/gamemaker/
Texas Games Network - Amanda Hefner, an Instructional Designer with Northside Independent School District of San Antonio, TX USA, has taught digital game-based learning for five years through classroom and web-based courses. A number of tutorials for students learning to use Game Maker are available for free download and Long Term Travel use in the classroom. However, she has addressed the needs of classroom teachers interested in learning how to effectively teach video game development in her Teacher's Guides. Visit the Texas Games Network for curricular materials, student examples, and share ideas with a global community of gaming teachers. http://www.texasgames.net/
Game Maker guide in Spanish - This Spanish introductory guide explains the first steps into making a game (a break-out version) in Game Maker. It was written by Carlos Guidobono and Javier Filippini. It's spread over these pdf's: 1, 2, 3,4, 5, 6. You can get them together in a zip file: Spanish Guide.
Here you find other documents related to teaching game design using Game Maker
Article on game design in secondary education page 1, page 2, written by John Ashford: John Ashford is head of ICT at North Walsham High School, Norfolk, UK. He wrote this article in March 2003 for Sec Ed, a UK journal for secondary education. It describes how game design can be introduced in the curriculum and how Game Maker can be used in that context. Page 1: Sec Ed 1 and Page2: Sec Ed 2.
Article on game design for teaching, written by Mark Overmars (in Dutch) - This article was published in Tinfon in 2001. It describes how game design can be used as a vehicle to teach various aspects of computer science. In Dutch! Game design for teaching.
Lecture about using Game Maker in education (in Dutch) by Mark Ovemars: Game Maker Lecture.
There are a number of forums related to teaching game design in schools:
- International game making teacher's forum - forum link
- Australian Game Maker teacher's forum - forum link