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Game Making Tools for Schools

By making games, students can show what they know. Game development is fun and challenging, energizing classrooms and getting students thinking in new, exciting ways. These picks are all great options for entry-level game creations, easing kids into building stuff that's a blast to play. 

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Scratch URL: http://scratch.mit.edu/
Jumpstart future programmers with adaptive sandbox tool
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
2.
MinecraftEdu Publisher: TeacherGaming LLC
Teacher dashboard and genius tutorial help this sandbox gem sparkle
Grades 1-12
Type Game
Price $41.00
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
Learning Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
3.
Kodu Game Lab Publisher: Microsoft
Game programming tool for visual thinkers
Grades 3-12
Type Game
Price 5
Platforms Windows, Xbox 360
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
4.
Minecraft Publisher: Mojang
Spiraling sandbox of adventure and creation gets kids to dig deep
Grades 3-12
Type Game
Price 21.00
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows, Xbox 360
Learning Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
5.
Gamestar Mechanic Publisher: Institute of Play and E-Line Media
Captivating manga romp teaches kids game design
Grades 4-9
Type Game
Price Basic is free, $2/student, consumer version is $19.95.
Platforms Mac, Windows
Learning Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
6.
LittleBigPlanet 2 Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Accessible yet deep game creator will dazzle and challenge
Grades 4-12
Type Game
Price 19.99
Platforms PlayStation 3
Learning Rating 5
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
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Sound Shapes Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Jazzy music game lets kids design levels and create music
Grades 4-12
Type Game
Price 14.99
Platforms PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
8.
Portal 2 Puzzle Maker Publisher: Valve
Mind-bending level editor for beloved physics game
Grades 7-12
Type Game
Price $19.99
Platforms Mac, Windows
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
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Stencyl Publisher: Stencyl, LLC
Code-free game development tool helps kids program and publish
Grades 5-12
Type Game
Price Free to $199 annually
Platforms Mac, Windows
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
10.
Codecademy URL: http://www.codecademy.com
Terrific hands-on coding practice with live feedback
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
Learning Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
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CodeHS URL: http://www.codehs.com/
Charming code creator for teens offers bonus guidance -- for a price
Grades 9-12
Type Website
Price Paid
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4