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I had the pleasure of speaking with Kevin Hodgson about his video game design unit and the companion website. Here are some highlights from that interview. Why game design? Why choose that medium instead of something more text-based or more traditional for the language arts classroom?  In working with my co-teacher, Bob Smith, and a colleague science teacher, Lisa Rice, I think we were trying to...
Screen shot 2012-06-18 at 10.44.14 AM.png Kevin Hodgson, 6th grade language arts teacher in Southampton, Massachusetts, brought design thinking into his classroom this year with a video game design project. A collaboration with colleague science teacher, Lisa Rice, and co-teacher, Bob Smith, the project tasked students with the creation of a science-themed video...
My game is going to be about Layers of the Earth. I chose that because I think I will be cool to use the layers as certain levels! Some of the things you will encounter are boss battles! Also mazes which you will need to answer a question correctly to move on to the right path. That is what my game on GameStar Mechanic is going to be. — Michael Kevin Hodgson, a sixth-grade teacher in...
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