I first discovered Kodu about two years ago when it was still in beta. I was looking for an easy way to get kids interested in animation and game design. It is now out of beta and ready to be experienced by everyone.
What is Kodu?
Here is a description according to the website:
Essentially, Kodu is a simplified game making software which makes it possible for children to use its interface to create their own games using their PC or Xbox. The commands are visual and programming language is broken down in a logical way. It is a great way to get students excited about learning programming and game design.
Here are the key features of Kodu:
How can I get it?
Details about how to get Kodu are available at Microsoft Fuse Labs. Microsoft is also holding the Kodu Cup, a competition for kids 9-17 in the US. By creating a game using Kodu, students can stand to earn great prizes and technology for themselves and their school.
If you are interested in having your students learn programming and game design, Kodu is a great tool. Having them participate in the Kodu Cup would be a great way to motivate them and perhaps land your school some great prizes as well.