Normally I would say that Adventure Time has no real educational value, but Adventure Time Game Creator? Kids can draw their own game layout and then import it into their game… Though they aren’t coding a game per say, they are definitely more interactive than some games.
What is Creator?
Finn and Jake face an all-new villain: Doodle Wizard! Play for hours in Adventure Mode, or make your own adventures! You can DRAW YOUR OWN GAMES! Use the Doodle Wizard’s secret glyph language to design custom video games. You can draw your games on paper and scan them in, or make mathematical levels directly in the app! Instantly turn your level design into a playable game!
Game Wizard Video on Youtube
Available Today! I am so buying this!
For Christmas a MIP descended upon our house. For the price I was really hoping it would have some educational properties and maybe it does. So far I haven’t been able to justify the cost. The MIP is a robot that you can control with hand gestures or your phone.
We got the white one, but I’m linking the black here. The MIP has modes that can be chosen – everything from Roam to Dance (even a battle mode if you have two). So far my son has taken my phone and made ours wander around following his finger, he has figured out the hand gestures for the few times I took my phone back, and I have made it dance. A friend visiting figured out the battle mode and making it pretend to shoot at people with fake sounds (yes that caused lots of children to scream in our house).
It comes with a tray to carry small objects (stack mode). It does have a really cool ability to balance on it’s two wheels making it almost bipedal (biwheelal?)
BUT, for the price interest in our house was very short lived and I still need to find the educational value….
Yep I’m pretty upset over the Barbie that has raised a new uproar. Luckily girls are striking back with Feminist Hacker Barbie. I should mention that I’m not a strong feminist, being that I’m a WAHM that spends most of my time running kids from here to there and taking care of my kids to the exclusion of my career.
I was a computer programmer though for 20+ years and I have taught classes, both college level and to kids on programming and even game design. (The coding part!) I’ll be one of the first to say that the design part isn’t my strongest skill, but I LOVE coding. So when I see this it bothers me. My husband has pointed out that there aren’t many girls taking science classes. What’s interesting is that computer programming was originally for girls because of the typing. An article by Stanford pointed out that as late as the 1960s it was thought to be the ideal career choice for women. To quote
As computer scientist Dr. Grace Hopper told a reporter, programming was “just like planning a dinner. You have to plan ahead and schedule everything so that it’s ready when you need it…. Women are ‘naturals’ at computer programming.” James Adams, the director of education for the Association for Computing Machinery, agreed: “I don’t know of any other field, outside of teaching, where there’s as much opportunity for a woman.” – See more at: http://gender.stanford.edu/news/2011/researcher-reveals-how-%E2%80%9Ccomputer-geeks%E2%80%9D-replaced-%E2%80%9Ccomputergirls%E2%80%9D#sthash.5vGfOZag.dpuf
I personally LOVE computer programming and am flabbergasted that Barbie has to get her friends (guy friends) to help make her design into actual computer code! I love that my son’s share my love for computers, but if I had a daughter I would expect her to be just as excited by programming.
What can we do to change these stereotypes? What happened that changed it to a male field in the first place?
The first events are appoaching!