What MakeCode does
Key features for teachers
- Web-based Simulation: The platform includes a web-based simulation of physical devices, enabling students to edit and test their programs without needing a physical device.
- Compiler and Sharing Feature: MakeCode has a compiler that creates an executable file for download to a physical device. It also includes a sharing feature for students to share their programs.
- Projects and Challenges: MakeCode offers a variety of projects and challenges to help students apply their coding skills.
- Integration with Microsoft Teams: MakeCode can be integrated with assignments in Microsoft Teams, simplifying the creation of tasks that help students develop computing skills.
Microsoft MakeCode is a free, open-source platform. There are no associated costs, making it accessible to all teachers and students.
Potential classroom applications
- Game Development: Using MakeCode Arcade, students can create their own video games, introducing them to coding in a fun and engaging way.
- Storytelling and Creativity: MakeCode Arcade emphasizes storytelling and creativity in game development, allowing students to customize their own games.
- Cross-Curricular Integration: Coding can be integrated across different subjects, aligning with concepts like coordinate grids, rotation, and variables.