Create Your Own Games/Apps to Reinforce Your Lessons
your students games and apps to run on their cellphones, tablets and
home computers to reinforce what you are teaching in the classroom. Add
in your class content and make it fun and challenging and give them
practice with your material.
Make learning fun for them in the digital world that they grew up in and feel comfortable with.
can practice problems, reinforce concepts and review classwork anywhere
and anytime on their own devices, at home, on the bus, in the car,
between classes and in their free time. Use their proclivity for games
and apps to help them learn your subject matter.
teach adults an understanding of basic programming constructs enough to
customize apps/games to provide their students with entertaining,
educational and personalized programs to run on their own devices out
of school and at home. They will learn not to write programs from
scratch but how to simply modify pre-existing ones and add their own
graphics, content and enhancements
programming skills needed. Just basic knowledge of importing your own
graphics, attaching them to the objects and adding your own
messages/content. All that you need to know can be learned in a few
Pick and choose from different games and apps. Add your own content. Use your own graphics, add timers, add student faces/names, track progress and more. Be creative, make it fun.
will be many templates and working models for you to choose from. Soon
you will be modifying the actions and even creating your own ones from
scratch. Many games, apps
and programs will be made available and used in the instruction. There
are ones for every level from preschool thru high school.
Storybooks - that they can run on their parents phones or
home computers. Reinforce class concepts and discussions. Let them
practice at home and let their parents enjoy time with them making
learning fun. They also will see what you are teaching them and augment
it with their own stories, discussions and examples. Let the parents
provide backup support to what you are teaching and reinforce your
lessons and the material out of school..
games - drag and drop, matching games, and others. Use your own
graphics (school mascot, their faces, their favorite cartoon or
real-life characters) Make simple games for your grandchildren.
Make practice ones for older children, with a count down timer or
different levels of difficulty
Games with scores or time limits. Take advantage of their competitive
urges and have class contests. Use your own graphics (school mascot,
their faces, their favorite cartoon or real-life characters.
a chatbot that they can ask questions and practice.
- Even better, let
them come up with their own answers for the chatbot to give. They will
have fun programming their chatbot with answers to questions that you
provide. They can make it funny, smart, insulting, cynical, and do it in any language (even street talk )
- You could give them a set of vocabulary words every week and they have to come up with answers to questions with those words.
- You could have them add words everyweek to their chatbot with funny definitions. Have contests for the best ones
- You could them make up riddles for each word, etc
- Create different messages each week or give them coded answers to
their homework and with a program, they have to decode the answers
your own app with best sites for the students to visit. Email it to
their parents and give them access to the sites you use as well as
sites that will give their sons and daughters practice and further
- Come up with your own ideas for games. apps and programs to engage them, give them practice and help them learn the vocabulary and concepts. If you can imagine it, you can program it.
- Animal Wizard - Simple program
that adds to its knowledge as it goes. Great example of what you can do
and a good launch point for many useful educational programs.
- QuizMaster - App/program that loads questions from a file that you
can easily make. Much like KaHoots but a standalone program. Have
separate files for each topic that your students can load and practice
with. They can also make their own questions. Make funny ones, make
stumpers, make sarcastic ones - anything that gets them thinking and
working with your class material
- ChatBot - App/program that loads its knowledge from a file on any subject. Like chatbots, Siri, etc.
- Push Me.livecode - Simple button program to get used to the
LiveCode IDE (Interactive Development Environment). It introduces the
- Welcome.livecode - This adds the answer command with custom choices, the Ask command and the If statement for making choices
- Drag and Drop.livecode - This is for drag and drop games
- mc_Drag and Drop.livecode - This adds multiple cards (levels) with previous and next buttons
- Matching.livecode - This has many items to match
- mc_matching.livecode - this has multiple levels
- action_game.livecode - this has moving objects to avoid or collect
- actionexample.livecode - this has graphics attached to the objects to show a simple game of collecting the vowels
- chatbot_base and myChatbot.txt - these work together to make a chatbot (Siri)
Some Sample Apps, Games and Programs That You Can Modify (with LiveCode source):
Other Sample Games and Programs that you can use to add your content or modify for your students/purposes
Looking for Ideas?
are some videos of games and apps that the students have produced. They
show you what is possible and may give you some ideas...
Educational - Older Students
Learn Japanese - Good learning app with advanced features. Learn Japanese language symbols
Civics App - an app to help study Civics (chatbot, puzzle and various games)
EmpiroPedia - App of the most powerful empires in history
Type It! - Excellent typing practice app with many levels from easy to difficult. Professionally done
Piano - Interactive piano game - learn the scales and chords
Chemistry - Scroll to the very bottom of the page to see the screenshot of a chemistry app one student wrote
Educational - Younger Students
Game Page - a collection of challenges for young children on numbers, letters and colors
Learning Basic Spanish for Kids - Educational game - "Colors, Animals, Foods, Body Parts, Classroom Materials and Greetings"
Math Practice App - nicely done video and an excellent app to practice your math.
Screenshots of many examples
Cancer App - Helps determine correlations between individual genes and the effectiveness of cancer research results
Schedule Generator - Records your study habits and helps make a schedule. Time Management App
Manager - A manager app that allows you to organize work, school, and/or lifestyle activities
Gallery+ - Create photo albums, tag photos and retrieve them
Match My Order - Well done video. Fast-paced game, good graphics, good start with some difficult programming problems already solved
Bomb Defuse - Well done game to try to defuse the bombs before they go off
Memflash - A memory game to use to improve your memory
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