We initially wanted to create a nice clean product for teachers to use in their classrooms. We didn’t want the distractions of the campaign map or “experience” or items getting in the way of that. Even after removing those aspects, the game is still VERY engaging in the classroom.
Buuuut, sometimes students stumble upon the “Home” product of CodeCombat and start requesting those aspects in the classroom, and some teachers also see the potential in the game-elements and request it as well. So, now, we’re putting these plans into motion. We don’t feel the current implementation is the best, and hopefully the Classroom version of the “game elements” are V2.0, an improvement on what the Home version does right and fix the concerns we had with implementing it.
Hopefully we can balance the learning, educational part, and the gaming, distracting part to get students excited for Computer Science and to learn on their own (even though they don’t know they’re learning.)
If you have any feedback for the Teacher Dashboard, or want to share what you think other platforms do right, let us know! I’m on Slack, or a forum post is fine too!