Why I Use Video Games to Teach Coding

Updated: Mar 31


February 17th, 2021



Andrés Porras













 


Teaching coding has never been easier, with tools like Scratch, Make:Code, AppLab and many more, teachers have a wide range of options when it comes to teaching their students how to code. One tool that I’ve found extremely helpful is using video games both as a hook and as a platform to teach students coding. As a Coded-Minds instructor I’ve taught coding using Scratch, Minecraft, Roblox, Flappy Bird, Space Invaders, and even Among Us. Here’s why it’s worked for me:


Kids Love Video Games


In order to be a successful teacher, it’s extremely important that you follow your student’s interests. With the rise of video games like Minecraft and Roblox, students are not just playing games, but creating with them. This allows you as a teacher to engage them in an environment that they love, and teach them coding fundamentals that they can later take to more advanced coding projects.

Be A Videogame Designer


Scratch allows students to remix, or create their own video game. It’s a great way to teach students the fundamentals of coding such as strings, loops, variables and booleans. When their projects are ready, they can share it out to the wider community to give other people a chance to learn from their work! This turns students from video game players into video game designers and fills them with a sense of pride at a finished product that they wouldn’t get if they were just doing boring exercises.


Minecraft Education Edition


Most students know Minecraft and this means that it’s really easy to hook them into learning it. The great thing about Education edition is it allows for both Block-Based coding and Python and JavaScript (and what’s more, you can switch between the two). The great thing about this is that it allows your students the space to grow and improve their skills. For teachers it’s great for when you have a wide range of skills, you can start your less advanced students with block-bas