App Creation for Windows 8 devices
Creating engaging apps and interactive games can offer a huge stimulus for students and teachers in achieving learning outcomes. Below is a list of Free app creation resources to get you started creating your own apps and games for Windows 8 enabled devices.
touchdevelop is an online app creation tool from Microsoft Research. Originally designed to develop Windows Phone 7 apps, touchdevelop has recently been updated as a web app and now allows you to develop Windows Store apps suitable for Windows 8 touch screen devices. touchdevelop is easy to use and works with several web browsers.
Tutorials & Schemes of Work
Below is a list of independent courses and schemes of work that introduce you to the programming concepts and the environment of the touchdevelop Web App that runs on iPad, iPhone, Android, PC, Mac, Linux and the touchdevelop app on Windows Phone 8.
touchdevelop Challenge - A series of lessons and challenges to get students building games and apps with touchdevelop.
games4learning - Created by David Renton (Extended Lecturer in Games Development: Reid Kerr College, Scotland) A series of YouTube tutorials which introduce students to game design using touchdevelop.
Ray Chambers' touchdevelop Scheme of Work - A complete scheme of work for touchdevelop which sees students design and create an app from scratch.
Examples of student work using touchdevelop. Click on the image to run the app and view the code.
Example of code used in touchdevelop
Turtle drawing of the Olympic rings
Dice app created using touchdevelop
Fruit Ninja clone created using touchdevelop