The pressures of ISTEP and the preparations that come along with it consume your class time...and then some. You don’t have time to teach anything that isn’t directly related to your grade level standards. 

After ISTEP, middle schoolers often struggle with staying engaged in the classroom. The buildup of the big testing moment has subsided, and while there are impending final exams, the classes aren’t credit-bearing. Student engagement depends solely on a well-designed curriculum that draws upon their interests. 

That’s where Video Game Palooza comes in. We understand the need for students to be engaged in a curriculum that authentically immerses them in practical applications of the skills aligned to the state standards. 

Video game design is the perfect vehicle for that engagement. 

Are You Overwhelmed with the Demands of Teaching Middle School in the Spring?

That’s where Video Game Palooza comes in. We understand the need for students to be engaged in a curriculum that authentically immerses them in practical applications of the skills aligned to the state standards. Video game design is the perfect vehicle for that engagement. 

We offer a 20-lesson program that introduces students to the idea of video game design and teaches them the programming basics to create one of their own, culminating in a presentation where they can show off what they learned and show the growth they experienced with it. 

Download the free lessons and materials, and give it a try with your students. If you like what you see happening in your classroom, you will love the full 20-lesson curriculum!

Video Game Palooza

VIDEO GAME PALOOZA IS DRIVEN BY THE FOLLOWING RATIONALE:

  • Kids love to play video games but up until now they have only been consumers. Students are intrigued by the notion that they can actually design video games and make what they love a career. 
  • Students in high needs districts often struggle with socioeconomic issues that often push academics to the back burner. Video Game Palooza offers students in high needs districts a way to break through the socioeconomic barriers and create a career path that will give them a future that secures a STEM career that can take them places they might not have otherwise thought possible.
  • Teachers have limited time. The last thing you need is another prep when your planning periods are already limited. Video Game Palooza gives you a custom-made, standards-aligned curriculum that introduces kids to video game design without you having to put in the extra time to make it happen. Lessons and materials are provided for you - all you need to supply is the students! You learn along with them, so you already know everything you need to know to make it happen.
  • Administrators want to see students engaged in technology not just for the novelty, but for the 21st Century Skills involved in the process. Video Game Palooza immerses them in a whole new set of skills and allows students to enter the world of video game design within the context of their grade level standards. Using skills like collaboration, reflection, feedback, and revision, student work together to navigate the world of video game design for 20 lessons, from introduction to final presentation of their very own video game.

Download the free lessons and materials, and give it a try with your students. If you like what you see happening in your classroom, you will love the full 20-lesson curriculum!

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