When we were asked by Golborne St Thomas to support them with their Indonesia Week Events, and make computer games with 2DiY we were really excited. When we were asked, due to the day's timetabling, if we could make them in 45 minutes we took a deep intake of breath! Would it be possible?
For those of you that know us, we are always up for a challenge and don't like to be beaten.
So, we found the story of The Garuda, half man, half eagle, emblem of Indonesia and learned the story, in which Garuda rescues and frees his parents from slavery by the snakes. We planned to use a teaching method which would engage the pupils and enable us to tell the story, while making the games.
As we arrived in school we were greeted by welcoming faces, eagerly looking forward to their #computing #iPad lessons, and pupils were very curious to find out what they would be learning.
As we told the story of The Garuda and the lesson unfolded, pupils work enthusiastically on their computer games, creating all the images themselves using their imaginations, drawing detailed colourful pictures using the paint palette. They considered the various ways of sharing the story in a game form and chose details from the story that enabled them to re-tell it in their own way. Some pupils made platform games, some chose maze games.
So, did we manage to make games in 45 minutes?