Roblox, the online gaming platform which is often called the ‘gaming version of Youtube,’ is becoming all the rage among kids aged 8-13. The UGC (User-generated Content) multiplayer online game creation platform fuels the imagination of over 90 million independent developers and creators to build over 56 million interactive 3D experiences. However, it is not just a game; educators see it as the way forward to inspire the next generation of innovators.
Roblox’s education division is all set to rival the likes of Microsoft’s Minecraft.edu in the future. Roblox education game aims to inculcate coding, digital citizenship, game design, and entrepreneurial skills in kids of all ages, empowering them to become creative thinkers and leaders of the 21st century. Roblox studio, the creative hub used to build virtual worlds where sky is the limit, will be used by coding camps and schools the world over to teach students coding fundamentals and game design skills. Towards that end, Roblox Education has developed a plethora of free resources, such as lesson plans, tutorials, and guides, to help educators incorporate Roblox into online school coding programs. The coding platform taps into students’ desires to create their own virtual realities and share them with a global community of peers.
How Can Educators Use Roblox?
There are numerous ways that teachers and directors can make use of Roblox to improve their online coding lessons. In a computer science or coding program, Roblox offers a real-world experience, allowing kids to develop interactive games with the help of coding, and share them with peers. Game design helps students hone other skills, such as 3D modelling, graphic design, sequencing, storytelling, and a multitude of other disciplines. There are plenty of monetization features of Roblox which can be leveraged to give students a brush with entrepreneurship.
Think of Roblox as a simulator for demonstrating content knowledge in online courses. Simulations help students relive historic events or even embark on adventures. Since most students may already be familiar with Roblox, you may not even need to teach them how to use Roblox from scratch. However, when using Roblox to teach students under 13, be sure to seek parental guidance, since parents can remotely moderate safety features with a PIN code.
Roblox has a pretty smooth learning curve, making it easy for even those who are new to coding. With a hint of imagination and choosing the right tools, anyone can be on their way to creating an awesome virtual world. There are plenty of easy-to-follow tutorials to help beginners get to grips with the fundamentals of game design and coding, such as learning how to build an obstacle course (obby), how to build historical landmarks, or designing and building a spaceship. More in-depth tutorials on coding, basics such as variables and if/then statements, game development, and design are also available for computer science students, looking to create immersive environments from scratch
Roblox Education Resources
RobloxEdu website offers plenty of free lesson materials, including lesson detailed plans and challenges for students that can be repurposed in class. Exercises run the gamut from high-level coding training to creating properly functioning multiplayer games. The best part of Roblox is that players are the real creators of virtual worlds within the game, and over 2 million users are already making money creating playable quality titles.
Step-by-step tutorials teaching how to code, design new worlds, and learn entrepreneurial skills using the Roblox platform, can be used by educators to get their classroom up and running fast. For instance, “Intro to studio” helps students create an obstacle course and publish their first game, “Intro to world building” guides students on how to create more immersive experience with lights, terrains, buildings, and props, while “variables and properties” teaches how to change the various properties of objects in games, such as color and size. Meanwhile, “adventure game” instructs on the use of if/then statements to enable players to explore the designed world and collect items, while the “Organizing code” workshop teaches students all about organizing code using module scripts.
In addition, plenty of stand-alone lessons by Roblox can be used to teach students individual concepts as part of a larger project series. Students learn all about protecting their personal information online, fostering a positive culture online, using Team projects to collaborate with friends on projects, learn the difference between script and code, using string variables to test their code, dabble with creating repetitive code and functions, pass multiple values into a function, and even create a point giving and deduction system for the game, and a lot more. The best part is that every student can access these tutorials for free of charge and even practice their coding knowledge at home.
What are Roblox Webinars?
Roblox offers free Roblox Studio Webinars with interactive, one-hour lesson plans for educators who are interested in incorporating Roblox in game development lessons. Topics covered in these webinars include online safety, digital civility, remote teaching principles, introduction to Roblox, and other age-specific Roblox activities. Even if you miss these webinars, you can watch the archived sessions on their website.
What does Roblox Teaches Kids?
Roblox Education game is perfect for tapping into the creativity of children. By dropping the player into an open-world environment, kids are empowered to not only build structures but also entire games for other people to play. Using basic coding fundamentals, students can create intricate structures with a few simple clicks, and even dabble in creative video game design. Even though the game has plenty of visual world-building options to allow students to build immersive worlds without the need for coding scripts, Roblox Studio also allows more confident players to write out and embed their own written lines of code to in games, which enables them to practice their coding skills learnt in the classroom.