15 Web Tools and Apps for Students to Design Games

“Games are an extraordinary way to tap into your most heroic qualities.” - Jane McGonigal

Students love playing digital games and research shows that powerful learning can occur with game-based curriculums. This is why the first mission in my new book, Hacking Digital Learning Strategies: 10 Ways to Launch EdTech Missions, has students create video game walkthroughs for their peers. We can push the learning to a whole ‘nother level by getting students to design learning games for their peers. Below find free web tools and apps students can use to create simple quiz games or code more intricate games.

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Digital Game Creators

  • TinyTap (iOS/Android)- create simple, fun games with students’ images and sound effects. Even very young learners can create and play games with TinyTap.
  • Scratch MIT– students learn to code their own interactive stories, animations, and games.
  • SketchNation– create adventure and action games.
  • GameSalad– design games using drag and drop and learn computer science and programming.
  • Gamestar Mechanic– fun, game-based quests and courses to help students learn game design and make their own video games.
  • Adventure Games Studio– create adventure games with more of a storyline and colorful characters.
  • Hopscotch (iOS)- design simple games by dragging blocks.
  • GetKahoot (iOS/Android)- quickly create fun multimedia trivia games and compete against peers.
  • Stencyl– design games without coding, but by choosing elements and characters.
  • ClassTools– create simple games using templates.
  • Game Maker Studio– 2D developing platform for more intricate games.
  • Sploder – create retro 8-bit arcade games, flash games, physics puzzles, and 3d space adventure games.
  • What2Learn– design interactive learning activities, such as hangman, quizzes, word searches, and extended writing activities.
  •  Kodu– create games on a PC and Xbox via a simple visual programming language.
  • Quest– design text-based adventure games.

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell is a teacher trainer, instructional designer, adjunct professor, and the author of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers: Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching and Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones and BYOT. She has been recognized by the ELTon Awards, The New York Times, the Ministry of Education in Spain, and Microsoft’s Heroes for Education as an innovator in the movement of teacher-driven professional development and education technology. Recently, she was named Woman of the Year 2014 by Star Jone’s National Association of Professional Women and awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, the Twitter chat that spurred over 400 teacher chats. She has trained teachers and taught learners in over 25 countries and has consulted with organizations worldwide such as UNESCO Bangkok, The European Union aPLaNet Project, Cultura Iglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, and VenTESOL. She shares regularly via TeacherRebootCamp.com, Twitter (@ShellTerrell), and Facebook.com/shellyterrell. Her greatest joy is being the mother of Rosco the pug.

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