We’re building another app! (#27)

IEP Plan :  Expanded Core Curriculum Games for Visually Impaired Students

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The child’s advancement in learning skills in our ECC-based games will be stored in a private secure cloud, visible to the IEP team in a web-based dashboard . 

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We’re building another app!

We started the app club again this January, and some new 5th and 6th graders joined. This time they want to build a game app.

We spent the first three meetings (once a week) talking about what game to build. I thought this was a good opportunity to teach the kids how to design a game, and would give me an excuse to learn how to program in one of the game development tools, such as Corona or Unify.

Unfortunately, every game they suggested looked like a thousand other games already in the App Store. One girl wanted to build “Muffin Puppies” – a look-alike game to “Break Kittens”:

bread kittens

There are so many games in the App Store, it just doesn’t make sense to build a game similar to an existing game. Building a quality app takes months, and the only way to make an app popular is for the app to stand out. I told the students we need to come up with something that’s never been done before.

Unfortunately, most students can’t “think out of the box” when it comes to designing a game. They seem to have more creativity in building an app that meets a need they have, or solves a problem they often encounter (i.e. WishToList).

I gave them these criteria for a game app: (1) It must be reasonably unique, (2) it must not require a lot of graphics (so we don’t have to find a graphic artist to work for free), (3) it must use the iPhone or iPad in an unusual manner.

Let’s see if they come up with something.

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