On this page you'll find links to websites and free bits of software that allow you and your students to create video games, which can be educational - or not!
As there are a fair few resources on this page I've broken them down in terms of the kind of games they allow you to produce.
- Class Badges - lets you 'gamify' your classroom by offering badges to students who achieve specific things.
- Class Dojo - A lovely site that lets teachers, learners and parents keep a track of in class behaviour and set rewards for positive behaviour. Learners can create their own avatars too, this one is well worth a look!
- QR Wild - Create real world scavenger hunts using QR codes.
- Teach with Portals - a free version of the award winnning Portal 2 game along with an editor which lets you create your own activities for your students to try. This is a triumph...
- Kodu - This is a "visual" programming language that lets anyone create their own computer games very quickly. The PC version is free, whilst the Xbox 360 version will set you back 800 Microsoft Points (roughly £7). If you have a PC that can run it then this should be your 1st pick.
You can watch a very nice video tutorial on Kodu here.
- Parade of games in powerpoint - Customisable powerpoint games.
- UNCW's EdGames - A collection of customisable game templates made using Microsoft Office.
- CalDys2 - Make a wide variety of games from a set of predefined templates.
- Game-o-matic - Easy to use site that lets you create games very quickly.
- Stencyl - A powerful game creation tool kit that lets you and your students create flash based games.
- Classtools.net - A collection of flash games that can be customised by teachers and then embedded intoa website, blog or MLE.
- PlayCrafter - This is a web based game creator which lets you and your students create "flash" based games.
- CyQuiz - Free website that lets you create a number of different games based upon questions which you set.
- Sploder.com - This is the simplest of all of the options listed on this page. It lets you create "flash" based games that people can play within a web browser. At present it's limited to creating two types of game, platformers and shoot-em-ups.
- Game Maker - This is a great free bit of software that's more suited to making 2D games. It's supported by an excellent community and has some really nice tutorials to get you and your students started.
- Construct - This is similar to Game Maker but it's totally free, has a nicer interface and can produce some really great results - well worth a look!
- Second Life - This is a persistent on-line 3D world which can be used by educators to build 3D environments which can then be used for role play and simulation.To learn more about my work in Second Life, please click here.
- Unity - This is the most powerful but also the most complex free game maker listed on this page. It lets you create 3D games of commercial quality but takes a while to learn.
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If you'd like to know more about educational games, or "edu-games" then I highly recommend you take a look at this blog entry by Abhijit Kadle where he lists his top 100 learning game resources.