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Are kids who make their own video games better prepared for the digital future?

By staff and wire services reports
July 10th, 2013

It is easier than you might think for kids to make their own video games, Forbes reports. Gamestar Mechanic is a great web based place for younger children to start.  Kodu, Gamemaker, and Scratch all offer simple interfaces for more experienced kids. When kids design their own video games, they are engaged in “learning-by-making.” Project based learning is a constructive experience. It is active rather than passive. It involves creation rather than consumption. Coding, video game making, and interactive expression will be central to education’s future–not only because these activities encourage the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) skills involved in digital content creation, but also because game creation nurtures the kind of humanistic personal skills that we expect from successful contributors to society…

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