Gamestar Mechanic Teacher Blog

All posts from October, 2011

Are You Game? Game Design Workshop – November 12th


Posted Oct. 26, 2011



GAMEUPWe’ve partnered up with BrainPOP to do a kick-off event for the National STEM Video Game Challenge.  I’m pretty psyched about this event, and excited to work with teachers on how to use Gamestar Mechanic to model STEM subjects.  Check out the flyer below and, if you’re in the NYC area, please come through!! (Also, it’s FREE!)

Attention New York City area educators! Are you ‘game’ for a free one day game design workshop with BrainPOP and Gamestar Mechanic? Then read on…

From the National STEM Video Game Challenge to ed tech conferences around the country, you’ve heard the buzz about student-made games. But how do you get started making that a reality in your classroom? On Saturday, November 12, join leading game designers, STEM content experts, and fellow educators for a day of professional development dedicated exclusively to this rapidly growing field of game design. Keynote speaker Michael Angst, Founder and CEO of educational game publisher E-Line Media, kicks things off with a talk that illuminates the key elements of game design. Then, head to hands-on workshops in which you’ll use curricular content from BrainPOP and the easy-to-use game design tool Gamestar Mechanic to develop your very own game. You’ll leave armed with great ideas and ready to tackle that National STEM Video Game Challenge with your students. Breakfast, lunch, and other goodies will be provided.

When: Saturday, November 12 (National Gaming Day!)
9:30am – 4:00pm

Where: BrainPOP HQ

Register Here!

Gamestar Mechanic Teacher Blog!


Posted Oct. 25, 2011


Welcome to Gamestar Mechanic’s new Teacher Blog! I’m Katya, Gamestar’s Learning Content Producer.

About this blog

This teacher blog will contain content about Gamestar Mechanic in educational settings: how teachers use it, stories from the field, features of Gamestar, and much more!

A little bit about me

I have a background in teaching ESL, a degree in linguistics, and I’m currently writing my Masters thesis to receive a Masters in Educational Technology Desgin.  I love games, and while I mostly play PC games, mobile, and handheld games, I’m open to trying anything! I’m passionate about learning in innovative and unconventional ways, and also excited to see new intersections of technology and education.

What I do at Gamestar

I produce learning content which means anything from writing lesson plans, to co-teaching in classrooms, to creating videos and webinars to help teachers learn about Gamestar.  My goal with Gamestar Educators Blog and Teachers Website is to share what cool learning content is coming up on our end, but more importantly, ask the educator community for comments and suggestions!  Feel free to comment on any post!  What kind of lesson plans do you want to see? How are you using Gamestar with your students? We want to hear it!